Meilyr Rowlands – HMCI
The appointment, functions and powers of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (HMCI) are determined by legislation: in the Education Act 2005, the Learning and Skills Act 2000 and the Children Act 2004. His statutory position is set out in the Government of Wales Act 2006.
Meilyr Rowlands is responsible for the inspection and regulation of education and training in Wales, as well as the management, staffing and organisation of Estyn. He provides independent advice to Welsh Ministers which contributes to the development and review of policy in Wales. Meilyr also plays a key role in working closely with the other inspection, audit and regulation bodies in Wales, to underpin joint planning and working. In addition, as Estyn’s Accounting Officer he ensures that resources are used properly and provide value for money. The Chief Inspector also publishes an Annual Report on the standards and quality of education and training in Wales.
Welsh speaking, Meilyr was educated at Amman Valley Comprehensive School and Jesus College, Oxford. After a period of research, he taught science at comprehensive schools in North Wales, and then became a lecturer in education at Bangor University and at UWIC, where he was director of the PGCE secondary course. Meilyr joined Estyn in 1999 and has held several posts including those of District Inspector, Managing HMI and Strategic Director. Before joining Estyn he was a Registered Inspector for the primary and secondary sectors.