MUDIAD Meithrin has appointed Leanne Marsh, the Mudiad’s Head of Services Development to take over the role of Chief Executive whilst Dr Gwenllïan Lansdown Davies takes maternity leave from18 March to the end of June this year
We are also pleased to announce that Carys Gwyn will be responsible for Leanne’s current role for the same period.
Leanne, who lives in Maesycwmmer, near Caerphilly, started working for Mudiad Meithrin in 2000 as Merthyr Tydfil’s Development Officer before taking over as Co-ordinator for Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Caerphilly.
She left the organisation in 2004 to gain more experience as a community development officer and manager before returning in 2012 as the South-east Wales Regional Manager. She was appointed to her current role in 2015.
Born and raised in Pontypridd, Leanne comes from a non-Welsh speaking family and was educated at Heol-y-celyn Primary School near Rhydyfelin, and Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen (now Garth Olwg) before studying for a degree in Welsh at Bangor University.
“My parents decided to send me to a Cylch Meithrin when I was two and a half years old and it was attending the Cylch that gave me the confidence that persuaded my parents to choose Welsh-medium education for me.
“Mudiad Meithrin has been an integral part of my life since I was two years old as well as part of my children’s and family’s life.
“I see myself as a product of the Cylch Meithrin and I am still thankful they encouraged my parents to take ‘the risk!’ of choosing Welsh-medium education back in the 70s! It is an honour to work for Mudiad Meithrin and it will be a privilege to lead the Mudiad during Gwenllian’s maternity leave.”
Carys Gwyn hails from Llandudno but has lived in Mold for more than 30 years. She has worked for Mudiad Meithrin since 2004 as a Development Officer, Co-ordinator, and Manager across the north.
Currently Carys is the North-east and Mid Wales Regional Manager. However, she started her journey with the Mudiad years ago when it was time for her children to attend Cylch Ti a Fi (Welsh-medium baby and toddler Group) and Cylch Meithrin (Welsh-medium playgroup) by taking an active role on those committees.
Carys Gwyn, said:
“By leading Mudiad Meithrin’s work in the North-east I am extremely pleased about the quality of care and education the children receive within the Cylchoedd and the exceptional partnerships that have been fostered with the Education Authorities.
“Being able to support committees and volunteers in their work is essential, and the opportunities that Mudiad Meithrin offers to parents that want their children to experience Welsh-medium ecucation through Clwb Cwtsh, Cymraeg for Kids groups and all the Cylchoedd Meithrin and Cylchoedd Ti a Fi are priceless assets for the future of Welsh-medium education.”
Mudiad Meithrin Chief Executive, Dr Gwenllïan Lansdown Davies, said:
“I wish Leanne, Carys and the crew the best of luck during this period. I will be watching from afar knowing they will enjoy the new challenge within an organisation that is so close to so many people’s hearts across Wales.
“As a prospective user of the ‘Cymraeg for Kids’, Cylch Ti a Fi, and in time, Cylch Meithrin service, I will once again experience the importance of work done by Mudiad Meithrin staff supporting all its members at the grass roots.”
Followng Carys’s appointment, Ceri Edwards will be promoted to the role of interim North-east Wales Regional Manager from her role as the region’s Deputy Manager.