DEREK LLOYD recently chaired his last meeting of the Pembrokeshire College Corporation Board of Governors after 19 years as Chairman.
Derek became a member of the Board in 1992 and became Chairman in April 1995 following the retirement of Councillor Bill Phillips. In his outgoing message Derek spoke of the many changes to the College over the past 20 years. He spoke of the significant investment in the College estate and the high regard with which the College is held within the sector for its innovation and good practice, providing a unique environment for learners. He paid tribute to the senior management team and all the staff at the College for their hard work, dedication and ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. In response, Chairman-Elect Stephen Harrison thanked Derek for his enormous contribution to the work of the College and stated that he had been instrumental in what had been achieved under his strong leadership. He also referred to Derek’s involvement on the Board of ColegauCymru (the body that represents further education colleges in Wales) and read a tribute from the Chief Executive Dr John Graystone thanking Derek for his steady hand and wise counsel which had helped ensure that the FE sector had been able to respond positively to the challenges it has faced over recent years. The College will not be losing the vast experience of Derek as he takes up the position of President of the newly formed Pembrokeshire College Advisory Forum. Stephen will chair his first meeting of the Board on July 8, the last meeting of the current academic year, and is looking forward to the challenging role. Stephen is an economics graduate from Aberystwyth University and a chartered accountant. He was a partner in PWC for 27 years and at the time of his retirement was Chairman for Wales and the West region. Stephen is currently non-executive director/adviser to a number of companies based in Wales. He is also a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. His role in PWC gave him exposure to the education sector and he has been advisor to a number of further education colleges and universities. His interest in education and training is reflected by his previous roles as chairman of the former Swansea Further Education College and The Competitiveness and Skills Board for the West of England (covering the four local authorities around the City of Bristol). Supporting him in his role as Vice Chairman will be Andrew Brown. Andrew is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was, until retirement in 2012, the Engineering Director for Milford Haven Port Authority having started as the Port’s first Port Engineer in 1990. He has been a College Governor for over eight years and has been Chairman of the College’s Audit Committee since 2010. College Principal Sharron Lusher added her thanks to Derek for supporting her and the previous two Principals under his Chairmanship and for his direction in leading the Board and the College. She also paid tribute to the former Vice Chairman Danny Fellows, who sadly passed away earlier this year, stating that Derek and Danny were a formidable team, ably supported by their colleagues on the Board of Governors and that she looked forward to working with Stephen and Andrew and other members of the Board of Governors in steering the College through an exciting time for further education in Wales.
Further delay to Universal Credit in Ceredigion
BEN LAKE MP for Ceredigion has expressed his concerns following a recent announcement by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that the roll-out of the government’s controversial benefit payment, Universal Credit, will be fully rolled-out across Ceredigion in December 2018.
The payment, which is set to replace longstanding benefits such as Income Support, ESA and Working Tax Credits, had initially been set to become active in Ceredigion in September 2018, however recent documentation shows the date has now been moved back to December 2018.
Ben Lake MP has expressed his concern that a roll-out in December 2018 will hit families and vulnerable people at the most difficult time of year.
Ben Lake MP said: “I welcome the news that the UK Government have decided to delay the roll-out of Universal Credit in Ceredigion, I hope that this will allow the Government an opportunity to address and resolve many of the well-publicised issues associated with the payment. There have already been significant problems with the roll-out of the new regime in other areas, however, the proposed timing of December for its roll-out in Ceredigion is particularly problematic.
“With the Christmas celebrations, cold weather, and lengthy holiday periods, December can often be a difficult month financially for many families and individuals. I have significant concerns therefore that the full introduction of Universal Credit in Ceredigion will not only see claimants put under additional financial strain, but that it will coincide with a period when many of the support services available will be disrupted due to the festive holidays.”
“I have since written to the Department of Work and Pensions expressing such concerns.”
Share experiences of sexual harassment to help police
PEOPLE who have been subject to sexual harassment are encouraged to share their experiences to help understand the scale of the problem in communities across Wales.
Dyfed-Powys Police is taking part in a country-wide campaign, which urges anyone who has been subject to sexual harassment to say when and where the incident took place, as well as how it made them feel, anonymously through an online survey.
The results will be used to challenge and change the culture of misogyny and sexual harassment, so people can feel safe to live their lives without fear of harassment.
Dyfed-Powys Police Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Sexual harassment is simply unacceptable – it doesn’t matter who it comes from or where it happens, it should not be tolerated by anyone in society.
“We are committed to making sure everybody feels safe in their community, and has the freedom to make life choices without fear of sexual harassment. We want people to be able to access every area of society with confidence, from sports facilities and workplaces, to public transport or pubs and clubs.
“By taking part in this survey, you will help us to understand the scale of the problem in communities across Dyfed-Powys Police, which will enable us to listen to those affected by sexual harassment and to make a real difference in the future.”
To take part in the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SWPCOM
Proposed salmon byelaws to be postponed until 2019
NEW fishing byelaws have been proposed which will make it mandatory for fishermen to release all salmon caught in Welsh rivers.
The procedures for introducing new byelaws are protracted and Natural Resources Wales wishes to avoid uncertainty for fishermen by delaying implementation of approved new measures until the 2019 fishing season.
The proposed all Wales byelaws, which include restrictions on fishing methods to help the survival of released fish and reduced net fishing seasons, are currently being considered by Welsh Government.
Dave Mee, Senior Fisheries Advisor for NRW, said: “At the moment timescales for a decision are uncertain, so we are proposing that introduction of any new measures should be postponed until the beginning of the 2019 rod and net seasons.
“We hope this will help clarify the situation for anglers, netsmen, fishery owners and clubs and associations.”
Welsh salmon stocks remain in a perilous condition. Although the mandatory catch and release proposals have proved unpopular with anglers, NRW firmly believes that they, along with other measures such as tackling agricultural pollution, improving water quality and managing the potential threats from predators are vital for the future survival of these iconic fish.
Peter Gough, Principal Fisheries Advisor for NRW added: “This delay is a pragmatic solution to resolving current uncertainty.
“However, it is important to note that this does not mean there will be further debate on the subject as NRW has concluded its position and the case for further controls has been made and presented to Welsh Government and it remains unchanged.
“Protection of the breeding resources of these wonderful fish is a fundamental part of our work to manage this important natural resource sustainably.”
This season, fishermen are again being asked by NRW to practice full restraint and ensure conservation of fish stocks by voluntarily releasing all the salmon they catch in 2018.
Dave explained: “Our salmon stocks are in serious trouble and have fallen to historically low levels and the same is true of about half of our sea trout stocks.
“Neither species can sustain uncontrolled killing of fish and so we are again asking all anglers to release all of their salmon.
“Most anglers are already voluntarily releasing the fish they catch, but some are not. We feel the situation is now so serious for salmon that we must ask all anglers to help preserve as many fish as possible by returning all their salmon.
“It’s also very important to take great care of returned fish. Fishing methods and tackle should be used that ensure fish have a high probability of survival, they should always be kept in the water while unhooking to ensure they can swim away strongly.”
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