Congratulations to Our Chair



Congratulations to our Chair, John Graystone for the Lifetime Achievement Award at this TES FE event.

From the TES web article:

Dr John Graystone became a schoolteacher in 1970 and has dedicated the decades since to the world of education.

Graystone has held a number of senior managerial positions in the FE sector. He is currently executive chair of the board for awarding body Agored Cymru, and before this was interim director of adult learning charity Niace Cymru (now the Learning and Work Institute Wales). He also sits on the boards of Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil colleges, and is chair of Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, an adult learning charity formed in 2015 following the merger of WEA Cymru and YMCA Wales Community College.

From 2001 to 2014, Graystone was chief executive of ColegauCymru, the national body representing all FE colleges in Wales. He represents ColegauCymru on the educational board of the Wales Journal of Education and on the Association of Colleges Beacon Awards steering committee.

His expertise has been of critical importance to FE during a period of significant change. The award submission on his behalf states: “The Welsh sector has benefited from this expertise. Of all John’s achievements, his greatest is his ability to bring out the best in people around him. You will never hear anyone say anything but praise when mentioning John’s name.”

The judges agreed that Graystone’s contribution had been “immense”. They added: “He has been ever-present and one of those wise counsels that you find in the sector. He really has given his life to FE.”