During Mudiad Meithrin’s AGM at the end of October, Gruff Hughes handed over his duties as Mudiad Meithrin’s Chairperson to Rhiannon Lloyd. Mudiad Meithrin is very pleased to be able to welcome Rhiannon Lloyd as its new Chairperson at a new era in Mudiad Meithrin’s history.
Rhiannon Lloyd said:
“I am delighted and honored to have been invited to be Mudiad Meithrin’s new Chairperson, which is, in my opinion, the most important organization in Wales for the development of early year’s education and the concomitant promotion of the Welsh language and culture.”
Rhiannon was educated in at Ysgol Gymraeg Castell Nedd, in the old county of Glamorgan, and was one of the first pupils to attend the newly-established Welsh school initially in a chapel vestry and subsequently in an old shed in Briton Ferry. She was one of about a dozen pupils whose parents were far-sighted and courageous enough to insist on a Welsh-medium education for their children in a much anglicized area.
“Despite the primitive surroundings, we received an excellent education from a gentle and highly-intelligent teacher. Money and resources are not the main ingredients for ensuring a good early-years education by any means!”
Rhiannon has held a number of interesting posts during her career, including a period as Head of the Welsh Department at Ysgol Maes Garmon, Flintshire, a Language Adviser in Gwynedd, before moving to Cardiff in 1988 to become a HMI. Her last career move was to become Head of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf in Cardiff, where she enjoyed working with a magnificent team of staff, with excellent young people, and a most supportive and hard-working Governing Body.
“I feel confident that the next phase in Mudiad Meithrin’s history will be ground-breaking and very influential under the leadership of the new Chief Executive and her team of diligent staff and volunteers. I hope to see the Mudiad’s profile rise significantly, and its work to include some exiting new projects. It is my view that no organisation can simply follow exactly the same routes indefinitely and still remain highly successful in this age of constant change.”