Strategic Directors

Simon Brown – Strategic Director

Simon Brown

Simon is a Strategic Director in Estyn. He leads on the development and delivery of  Estyn’s advice to the Welsh Government and other stakeholders, including policy advice and survey reports.  He also leads Estyn’s work on building capacity including best practice.  Simon has leadership oversight of Estyn’s work with local authorities, including regional consortia and the inspection of post-16 sectors including further education (FE), work-based learning (WBL), careers, adult community-based learning (ACL), offender learning, Welsh for adults (WfA) and youth and community work training.  Simon also has overall responsibility for the cross-cutting theme of training and development.  He has lead responsibility for Estyn’s joint working with other inspection, audit and regulatory bodies.  Simon has strategic oversight of the corporate business of Estyn, including corporate planning and governance as well as corporate service functions.

Simon joined Estyn in 2001 as an HMI, subsequently working as a District Inspector, Managing HMI for the work of local authorities and later as Head of Directorate for post-compulsory education.

Simon was educated at Bromsgrove School and studied at Bristol University and the University of Wales, Cardiff.  His career encompasses work as a teacher, local authority adviser, education consultant for Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) and director of a software company. He was also an OFSTED and OHMCI secondary and primary school inspector. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society, both in 1989.


Claire Morgan – Strategic Director

Claire Morgan

Claire Morgan is a Strategic Director at Estyn. She leads on the development and implementation of inspection policy and has specific leadership oversight of Estyn's work relating to school inspections, including primary, secondary, independent and special schools, and the inspection of pupil referral units, non-maintained settings and teacher education and training providers. Claire also has overall responsibility for the cross-cutting themes of additional learning needs, safeguarding and wellbeing.  She also has lead responsibility for curriculum, safeguarding and knowledge management.

Before taking up her present post, Claire was Assistant Director with responsibility for delivering the inspection programme of secondary schools and teacher education and training providers. She also had responsibility for implementing Estyn’s training and development strategy, managing stakeholder relationships and sharing best practice.

Claire joined Estyn in 2006 as HMI for secondary education from her post as Deputy Headteacher at Porth County Community School.  Claire started her career teaching economics and business studies and subsequently worked as a senior leader in secondary schools in Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf.  Claire has also been involved in local authority advisory work and co-ordination of 14-19 provision.  Claire was educated at Maesteg Comprehensive School and studied at University of the West of England and Cardiff University.