About Us

Our Director

A former journalist, Gareth was Education Editor at the Western Mail for almost 10 years during which he became the only specialist to work alongside four different Education Ministers.

His new role puts into practice everything he has learned over that period – as well as analysing, scrutinising and contributing to education policy in Wales, he now works with schools and other key stakeholders to help in its successful implementation.

A regular commentator in national print and broadcast media, Gareth’s recent book A Class Apart: Learning the Lessons of Education in Post-Devolution Wales was published in 2015 by Welsh Academic Press. A contributor to numerous education conferences on a wide range of issues, his current research activity relates to professional learning of the education workforce and accountability in schools.

Email: gareth.evans@uwtsd.ac.uk
Twitter: @garethdjevans
Phone: 01792 482070

Our People

CEPRA draws from a wealth of knowledge and expertise that exists within the wider Athrofa: Centre for Education. Our human capital is vast and relates to all facets of education policy from across the age range. From early years education and care to lifelong learning and career development for more experienced practitioners, our team brings demonstrable experience and a clear understanding of issues facing educators, learners, and other stakeholders.

The members of staff listed are among those contributing to CEPRA’s work on policy review and analysis, and whilst affiliated with different arms of the Athrofa, come together to form a powerful whole.

CEPRA’s contributing members, with contact details and specialisms:

Iestyn Davies
Post-compulsory education and training and dual-sector approaches to education in FE/HE

Dr Jane Waters-Davies
Early childhood education and pedagogy

Dr Ceri Phelps
Health psychology and intervention development

Dr Charlotte Greenway
Mental health affecting children and young people

Natalie MacDonald
Early years and educational policy and curriculum development

Elaine Sharpling
Language development, linguistics, and initial teacher education

Dr Nic Welton
Non-formal/informal learning, education for sustainability development and outdoor learning

Dr Nalda Wainwright
Physical literacy and learning outdoors

Dr Carolyne Obonyo
Technology integration, education policy and international perspectives

Dr Iain Jones
Pedagogy, adult and lifelong learning, and widening access

Nanna Ryder
Additional Learning Needs and support for children with Dyslexia


CEPRA is also fortunate to benefit from the insight and experience of a number of renowned professors of practice, who are each known experts in their field. These include:

  • Professor Steve Davies, former Director of Education, Welsh Government
  • Professor Louise Hayward, Professor of Educational Assessment and Innovation at the University of Glasgow and CAMAU lead
  • Professor Mick Waters, former Director of Curriculum for England and education adviser to Welsh Government