Assistant Directors

Liz Miles

Liz Miles

Liz is an Assistant Director at Estyn.  She has joint operational responsibility for Estyn’s inspection work relating to primary and nursery schools.  She also leads on professional learning, social justice and inclusion and knowledge management.  Liz has joint responsibility for overseeing the delivery of Estyn’s thematic surveys.

Liz first joined Estyn in 2010 and undertook a range of inspection, training and thematic work.  Liz has been a primary lead inspector and acted as the assistant director for, independent and special schools and Post 16 education.

Since 1995, Liz has worked mainly in the primary sector, first as a class teacher, then advisory teacher, headteacher and advisor.

 

Mererid Wyn Williams

Mererid Wyn Williams is an Assistant Director at Estyn. She is responsible for delivering the inspection programme of non-maintained nursery, maintained nursery and primary education.  Mererid also leads on inspection policy and conformance across Estyn.

Before taking up her present post within Estyn she was Acting Managing HMI for further education, Welsh and bilingual education and an inspector in various other sectors including adult community education. Following a brief period of secondment to Estyn from Yale College, Wrexham where she was Assistant Director, Faculty of Arts, Mererid formally joined Estyn in 2005.

Mererid was educated at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and North East Wales Institute (now Glyndŵr University).

 

Clive Phillips

Clive Phillips is an Assistant Director at Estyn. He is responsible for the delivery of local government education services  and regional consortia inspections . He also has responsibility for Welsh language policy, matters relating to Welsh-medium education and effective practice. and has operational responsibility for Estyn’s work to develop self-evaluation for improvement.

Clive joined Estyn in 2010 and has worked mainly in the primary and local authority sectors. He has also inspected non-maintained nursery schools, special schools and independent schools. He has worked as a primary school headteacher and as a local authority school improvement officer.

Clive was educated at Ysgol Gynradd Eglwyswrw, Ysgol y Preseli, Crymych and Aberystwyth University.

 

Catherine Evans 

Catherine is an Assistant Director at Estyn.  She has responsibility for developing and implementing the strategies for inspecting secondary schools, all age schools and initial teacher education. Catherine also leads on inspection policy and conformance across Estyn and has operational responsibility for Estyn’s work to develop self-evaluation for improvement.

Catherine joined Estyn in 2009 and undertook a wide range of inspection and thematic work relating to secondary and primary schools and further education.  Before taking up this post, Catherine was sector lead inspector for secondary schools.  Catherine was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford.

Before joining Estyn, Catherine held a range of posts at schools in the West Midlands and South Wales.

 
 
 

Jackie Gapper

Jackie Gapper

Jackie is an Assistant Director at Estyn. She is responsible for further education, adult community learning, offender learning and work-based learning.  Jackie has joint responsibility for overseeing the delivery of Estyn’s advice to the Welsh Government and other stakeholders, including survey reports and policy advice. Jackie leads on the annual report and Estyn’s support for curriculum reform.

Jackie joined Estyn in 2009 and undertook a wide range of inspection and thematic work relating to secondary and independent schools and further education.  Before taking up this post, Jackie was the lead for Estyn’s policy and advice for pre-16 English and literacy, and helped to develop the peer inspector programme.  Jackie was educated at Kingdown School, Warminster, Stroud High School and Swansea University.  Before joining Estyn, Jackie held a range of posts at secondary schools in South Wales.

 

 

 

Dyfrig Ellis

Jackie Gapper

Dyfrig is an Assistant Director at Estyn.  He has specific operational responsibility for Estyn’s inspection work relating to special schools; pupil referral units; independent and independent special schools; and independent specialist colleges.  He also leads on safeguarding and ALN reform and has responsibility for the delivery of Estyn's internal and external training and development programme and stakeholder engagement.

Dyfrig joined Estyn in 2012 and undertook a range of inspection, training and thematic work relating to primary schools, non-maintained settings and initial teacher education and training.  In 2017, he became a lead inspector for the non-maintained sector.

Dyfrig was educated at Ysgol Glan Morfa, Abergele, Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd, St. Asaph and Bangor Normal College.  After teaching in a number of primary schools in South Wales, he was appointed in 1995 as the founder headteacher of Ysgol Tyle’r Ynn in Neath Port Talbot before moving in 2004 to Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Lon Las in Swansea.