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Impact Leadership in Practice

Impact Leadership in Practice

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Tuesday 25 June 9:30-11am

Impact Leadership in Practice

Tuesday 25 June 9:30-11am

We’re celebrating Youth Work Week 2024 with a special event with pioneering leaders in the youth work sector.

Join Simon Frost (YMCA George Williams College), Josh Klein (Monmouthshire County Council), Melanie Ryan (Youth Cymru) & Rhys Burton (South Wales Police) and Marco Gil-Cervantes (Promo Cymru) & Janet Hayward OBE (Cadoxton & Oakfield Primary Schools) as they share their experiences of leading with impact within the youth work sector.

The speakers will be sharing their own personal stories, strategic approaches to developing impact leadership and how they support young people across Wales.

The event will include panel discussions and workshops exploring how we can develop collective, collaborative and impact leadership across the whole education sector.

Hosted by Paul Glaze (Chief Executive, CWVYS), the National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales and the Centre for Youth Impact.

This event is open to all senior leaders from schools, PCET and youth work sectors.

Registration essential

The speakers:

Simon Frost

Simon Frost is Head of Education at YMCA George Williams College. He first joined the college in 1998 as an undergraduate student training for his youth and community work qualification. Things didn’t turn out quite as planned. Rather than returning to practice once qualified he stayed on a tutor. One thing led to another, and Simon has been in and around the college in a range of roles ever since. Following the college’s recent merger with the Centre for Youth Impact, Simon has been instrumental in the development of a new curriculum with a particular focus on quality practice, impact measurement, and impact leadership across the youth sector nationally. It is Simon’s relational approach which defines him as an educator as he continually looks for opportunities to develop and collaborate with leaders, thinkers and practitioners working with and for young people.


Josh Klein

Josh Klein is the Principal Youth Officer for Monmouthshire County Council. He has been in Youth Work for over 23 years, starting as a volunteer in 2001, and has been in a leadership role for 12 years, initially as a Training Officer and as the Principal Youth Officer since 2016.  Nationally, Josh is the chair of the national Principal Youth Officers group.

Josh has a strong interest in workforce development, sitting on Education Training Standards (ETS) Wales and the Workforce Development Implementation Participation Group (WDIPG.) In addition to this, Josh chairs the national Youth Work Practitioners Forum. Through Josh’s involvement in all groups, he looks to ensure that workforce development opportunities and programmes of training for Youth Work staff and volunteers are of a suitably high quality to meet the needs of employers, young people and Youth Workers themselves.

Josh manages a training organisation, delivering a variety of qualifications including those in teaching, Youth Work, assessing and internal quality assurance, and is still actively involved in the delivery, assessment & quality assurance of several qualifications locally, regionally and nationally.

In addition to his role within local government, Josh is a founding member and director of a youth charity Caldicot Youth Group which became constituted in 2006, and continues to support the sustainment of youth provision in his hometown of Caldicot, Monmouthshire.


Melanie Ryan

Melanie Ryan is Joint Chief Executive Officer/Development Manager for Youth Cymru which is a national youth work organisation with over 85 years’ experience of delivering and supporting youth work in Wales. Melanie has been in her current roll for 5 years but has been with Youth Cymru to various capacities for 13 years as a Development Manager. Youth Cymru provides the opportunity for Melanie to work with a team who have extensive expertise and experience of planning, supporting and facilitating projects, workshops and activities with, and for, young people, youth workers and youth organisations. As CEO there are opportunities to work strategically to ensure that Youth Cymru’s strategy provides the right focus in offering innovative youth work opportunities by working collaboratively with young people, members, partners and stakeholders, ensuring the charity achieves its future goals to benefit young people across Wales.

Melanie has been in the youth work and educational sector for 30 years, ranging from statutory and voluntary youth work, training, information shops to community focused schools.  Throughout this time, she has benefited by working in many different environments, but with the same goal, to provide opportunities for young people to thrive and feel empowered to achieve their goals and dreams.

Her youth work journey has enabled Melanie to achieve her Post Graduate Diploma in Youth Work and she has benefited by attending the Youth Work Leadership and Management Programme. In the Associate role Melanie is looking forward to discovering more opportunities through working collaboratively with youth work colleagues and the educational leaders to further her and others approach to leadership, learning and further youth development opportunities in Wales.


Rhys Burton

Rhys Burton is a Community Safety Manager at South Wales Police and is a Senior Management Team member for Cardiff and the Vale.

Having held community development project and programme management roles for a number of local authorities, he also managed a crime reduction project for a National Charity. Returning to Wales in 2002, he was for 7 years a Regeneration Manager for Rhondda Housing Association.

Between 2009 – 2018 Rhys was the Co-operative Group programme manager with responsibility for their Welsh Government contracts and overall responsibility for the delivery of their Communities First work across 3 local authority areas. Having been in his current role since February 2022, Rhys enjoys developing initiatives between police and other partners.

With a passion for the third sector, he identifies well with community and charitable organisations and is an advocate for their stake in successful local solutions.


Marco Gil-Cervantes

Marco has led ProMo-Cymru to become a leading social enterprise with a co-operative ethos. His expertise is in, social economics, cultural democracy and the empowerment of marginalised voices.

Under Marco’s leadership, ProMo-Cymru has developed a diverse range of forward thinking, transformational and innovative projects, with the aim of supporting young people and communities.

Marco is a long-standing executive member and treasurer of CWVYS, the Council for Wales Voluntary Youth Service, Chair of the Wales Internet Safety Partnership, Joint Chair of the Youth Work Joint Strategic Representative Group and Steering Group Member of Race Alliance Wales.


Janet Hayward OBE

Janet Hayward OBE is Executive Headteacher of Cadoxton and Oak Field Primary Schools in Barry. She was previously headteacher of Barry Island Primary School and Chair of the National Digital Learning Council between 2012 and 2017.

Janet has been involved in a number of projects across the education sector including the inception of Hwb. She is a pioneer school lead for the Digital Competence Framework (DCF), Health and Well-being and is a judge for the annual teaching awards. Currently, Janet is leading on the Big Bocs Bwyd Project which is installing “pay as you feel” shops across eight Welsh schools.