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Tegwen Ellis

Chief Executive

Tegwen Ellis is Chief Executive of the National Academy for Educational Leadership. Prior to this she held the role of Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Quality Assurance with the organisation.

Tegwen has been part of the development of the Leadership Academy since the very beginning, as a member of the shadow board. Leading the team and Academy Associates, Tegwen injects a strong strategic vision and strategy, creating a sustainable organisation which supports leaders at all levels across Wales. Tegwen enjoys being part of strong team of staff, Academy Associates and secondees and would like to see the Leadership Academy continue to develop as the voice of leadership, impacting all leaders and becoming the ‘go to’ organisation for all things leadership in Wales.

“People genuinely admire, respect, and value the Chief Executive, as a leader and as a person. People find her inspirational and have a lot of respect for her.” Investors in People, from the We invest in well-being report (June 2021)

Tegwen started her teaching career in 1988 and during that time has taken on various leadership roles including performance management advisor and national moderator and peer assessor with Estyn. In 2015 she established and chaired the Welsh Medium Federation of schools in Central South Consortium, ensuring that professional learning and school-to-school working was integral to its philosophy. Tegwen was headteacher at Ysgol Cynwyd Sant for nearly 20 years and led the school successfully through several inspections where her leadership was noted to be ‘progressive and innovative’ and ensured ‘that her vision and philosophy are shared very successfully with all stakeholders’.

Tegwen is married to Dyfrig who is an Assistant Director with Estyn and they have twin boys. Jacob is the Change Maker Lead: Public Affairs and International for the Future Generations Commissioner and Efan is a year 2 teacher in a Welsh medium school in Cardiff. Tegwen also has two dogs, Gwenllian Medi, a 14year old chocolate Labrador and Lleucu Morgannwg, a 7month old labradoodle. In her spare time, Tegwen enjoys caravanning, attending cultural and sporting events and is studying for her professional doctorate in Education at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.


Tegwen Ellis

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Meleri Light

Head of Welsh Language

Charlotte Thomas

Communications Manager

Richard Edwards

Head of Leadership Development