Merthyr Tydfil

Laurence Matuszczyk

Vice Chair
Rosa Lazell

Paul Jones

Who do Governors contact to attend?
Any of the Associations officers


Gary Winston
Lead Governor Support Officer for Merthyr Tydfil
Unit 5, Triangle Business Park,
Merthyr Tydfil, NP18 2YE
Tel: 01685 724665

Objectives of the Association
To promote best practice in governance in all schools within Merthyr Tydfil;
  • To promote partnerships amongst schools in the County Borough;
  • To represent school governors’ views on issues relating to school governance and the management and resourcing of schools to relevant authorities and organisations.

How can governors be involved?
Every Governing Body of a school in Merthyr Tydfil are asked to nominate one representative (Nominated Governor) to the Association. Any governor in Merthyr Tydfil may attend meetings.

Future Meeting Date
Autumn Term AGM – Tuesday 13th November 2018 at 5:00pm
Merthyr Tydfil Council Offices, Unit 5, Pentrebach.


  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. How Governing Bodies operate in the Vale of Glamorgan/Cardiff compared to Merthyr – Dr Martin Price
  3. Minutes of the Summer Term meeting held on 5th July 2018.
  4. Association finance report
  5. Confirm the current constitution
  6. Election of the following positions:
    – Chairperson
    – Vice Chairperson
    – Treasurer
  7. Feedback from reps on:
    – School Budget Forum (Laurence Matuszczyk/Jeff Beard)
    – Central South Wales Consortium steering committee (Rosa Lazell)
    – Admissions forum – (Denise Morgan)
    – Learning and LAESCYP scrutiny committee (Claire Brown/Rosa Lazell)
  8. Any other business at the direction of the chairperson
  9. Date of next meeting

Article from the Chair

The Merthyr Tydfil School Governor Association was started in the 1980’s but the involvement declined over the years when a small but dedicated management group met regularly and contributed their views over various matters. As the number of management members fell the groups activity decreased until it ceased to operate in 2013.

In March 2015 the Local Authority consulted with governors regarding the potential relaunch of the Association, which led to the Association holding an AGM in November 2015 where the new officers were elected and a new Constitution was agreed.

The objectives of the Association are to: -
a) Promote best practice in governance in all schools within Merthyr Tydfil;
b) Promote partnerships amongst schools in the County Borough;
c) Represent school governors’ views on issues relating to school governance and the management and resourcing of schools to relevant authorities and organisations.

Members of the Association are selected to sit on the Merthyr Tydfil admissions forum, school budget forum, the Learning and Local Authority Education Services for Children and Young People scrutiny committee and the Central South Consortium steering group.

Since the relaunch of the Association, the focus of the keynote presentations at the termly meetings have been the provision of practical guidance on the current practices governing bodies should be embedding in their work to meet their statutory responsibilities. These have included:

  • the governing body committee structure and associated terms of reference
  • governing body self-evaluation; and
  • the school complaints procedures.

The role of the Central South Consortium and the Challenge Advisors in supporting schools in the borough, whilst meeting the demand of Welsh Government to drive improvement was the latest presentation in the recent AGM.

The Association took a very active role in providing feedback on the consultation on the Reform School Governance Regulatory Framework. At the special meeting held to look at the proposed reforms a lively discussion ensued between the association members and a representative from Welsh Government. The major emphasis on the recruitment of ‘skilled professional’ people as opposed to well-motivated, committed, ‘willing to learn’ individuals was questioned, as well as the availability of the recommended skilled people.

There is an excellent working partnership between the Local Authority and the Association. The secretary of the Association is the Lead Governor Support Officer of the authority, which is a great help and asset. Also, the officers of the Authority’s Education department are very supportive and willing to attend meetings, providing expertise and information as required.

The Merthyr Tydfil School Governors Association closed Facebook group has proven to be extremely useful for sharing information and obtaining comments from members in a timely way.

Contact Us

01443 844532
Sam MacNamara 07943 887275 Jane Morris 07957 969708