Become a Council Member

With the election of our two new learner governors in July, we now have 18 Council members (from a total of 20 potential places on the Council).

Both remaining vacancies are appointed seats, rather than elected, and so we have now opened a further round of applications, where we are inviting suggestions of those would be useful additions to our governing body (but who are not employed by us). The term of office will be until March 2020.

We monitor skills and diversity categories among our Council members and we are currently under-represented in those with legal expertise and also those with private sector/business experience. We are however well represented in gender terms and are adequately populated in terms of language diversity. Our age profile is slanted towards the over 50 year olds, and we are 100% White European.

Those interested in applying should note that the above is a guide only and it shouldn't be seen as absolute or limiting in terms of nominating individuals who might be suitable. All that is required from an applicant is a CV and a brief covering letter, to reach our Company Secretary Stephen Thomas by 5pm on Wednesday 19th September.

Council Chair: John Graystone

What you need to know if you would like to stand for the Council (Governing Body) – a voluntary position

Composition of Council
The Council is composed of 20 members, of whom 12 are elected and 8 appointed. The Chair is chosen from among those 20 members. Council members who are also learners with us will be in post until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) after they finish studying with us. A review of our governance arrangements will be undertaken by April 2020.

The role of a member of Council
A Council member has important legal and financial responsibilities: in 2016-17 we taught over 15,000 learners and had a turnover of more than £7 million. Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales is a registered charity, a limited company and a Further Education Institution. A Council member therefore has three roles within one responsibility – as a Trustee, a Company Director and a Governor – and acts in the best interests of the organisation at all times. Fuller information on the responsibilities involved will be made available at induction and training sessions for new Council members.

Duties: Council and Committee meetings
If successful, you will be expected to attend meetings of Council, to be a member of one Committee of Council, and to prepare for Council and Committee meetings by reading the relevant papers. You will also be expected to attend the AGM, and to follow the Code of Good Governance for Colleges in Wales. Council and Committee meetings will be held at different venues across Wales, and wherever possible will be accessible by public transport. Some meetings may be held by using video conferencing technology. Travelling and other authorised expenses will be reimbursed.

Council meetings will be held every two months (6 meetings annually), and Committees meet at least termly (3 times per year) in a cycle which has become established as part of a settled work pattern. Committees will cover the following fields of activity: Learner Experience (our curriculum and teaching); Resources (finance and staffing); Audit; and Appointments.

Personal statement
Candidates are requested to send a CV and a covering letter outlining their suitability for the role, their involvement with the organisation and how their experience will help them contribute to the Council’s work. Please send such a statement to our Company Secretary, Stephen Thomas by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 19 September, or contact him on 029 2167 8728 for an informal chat.

Further Information

If you would like to find out more, talk to us.


Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales
7, Coopers Yard, Curran Road
Cardiff CF10 5NB


03300 580845