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Speaker Biographies

Conference Day 1


Professor Graham HC Donaldson CB MA MEd DLitt (Hon) FRSA

A former teacher, Graham Donaldson headed Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) from 2002-10. As chief professional advisor to successive Scottish Ministers on education, he took a leading role in Scotland’s major reform of its curriculum. Following retirement from HMIE, his reports ‘Teaching Scotland’s Future’ (2011) and  ‘Successful Futures’ (2015) led to major reform programmes in Scotland and Wales respectively. He has recently completed an independent review of the education inspectorate in Wales (A Learning Inspectorate).


In addition to extensive consultancy work, including serving as an international expert to various OECD projects, Graham is an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow, past President of IPDA, advisor on educational reform to the Minister for Education and Skills in Wales and to the First Minister of Scotland. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by the Queen in 2009 for services to education and received the Robert Owen Award as an inspirational educator from the Scottish Government in 2015.


Professor Margery McMahon

Professor Margery A McMahon is Head of the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and Professor of Educational Leadership. A former teacher of History and Politics Margery has been involved in teacher education, career-long professional learning and leadership education since joining University of Glasgow. She is the author and co-author of a range of books and articles focusing on professional learning and leadership including, Forde, C., and McMahon, M., (2019) Teacher Quality, Professional Learning and Policy, London: Palgrave MacMillan. She is UK Representative for the International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching (ISATT). 


Conference Day 2


Marc Seale

Marc Seale is currently an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University and a Professor of Practice at the University of Cumbria. He has an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Hertfordshire in recognition to his service to health.


Marc was the Chief Executive and Registrar of the Health and Care Professions Council from 2001 to 2019.


In 2017 he served as President of the US regulatory organisation the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation.


He has held a number of Ministerial appointments and has been a member of over three dozen UK Government committees and working groups. He has appeared as a witness to numerous Parliamentary committees both in England and Scotland.


He has also participated in numerous European regulatory projects relating to the recognition of professional qualifications directive. Marc has been a non-executive director for over 20 years, including three NHS Trusts.


Hayden Llewellyn

Hayden is Chief Executive of the Education Workforce Council (EWC). 


Having joined the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) at its inception in 2000, he held the posts of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive, before the body was renamed (to become the EWC) and its remit extended in April 2015. 


Hayden has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, having also worked in further and higher education, the health service, policing and for a multi-national retail company. He is a governor at Bridgend College and has previously held a similar responsibility in three other FE colleges in Wales. 


Hayden holds a BSc Honours Degree in Statistics from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and Master’s degrees in both Business Administration from Aberystwyth and Applied Statistics from Sheffield Hallam University.


Liz Brimble


Liz is Director of Qualifications, Registration and Fitness to Practise at the Education Workforce Council (EWC).


With previous experience in financial services and policing, Liz joined the GTCW/EWC in 2003 as Qualifications and Registration Manager, before assuming her current role in 2015.

Liz holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Wales.


She is a governor at Coleg Gwent.

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