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New Estyn Chief Inspector announced

Cyhoeddi Prif Arolygydd newydd Estyn

The First Minister has today announced her Majesty the Queen has accepted the recommendation that Owen Evans should become the new HM Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales.

Owen Evans will replace the current Chief Inspector Meilyr Rowlands. Meilyr retires at the end of August 2021 and Owen will take up the post in January 2022.

Claire Morgan, Estyn’s strategic director will act as the interim Chief Inspector until January.

The First Minister said:

“I offer my congratulations to Owen Evans on his appointment and my sincere thanks to Meilyr Rowlands for his hard work and diligence during his term in office.

“Meilyr has been a critical friend to the government and has systematically helped drive up the standards of schools in Wales through a rigorous inspection process. I wish him well for the future.”

Education Minister Jeremy Miles said:

“I’d like to thank Meilyr Rowlands for his work as Chief Inspector. His contribution to Welsh education is one of the reasons why this is such an exciting time for Owen Evans to take up this role. I congratulate him on his appointment and look forward to working with him in the future.”

Notes to editors


  • Estyn is the office of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales. It is a Crown body, established under the Education Act 1992. Estyn is independent of the Senedd but receives its funding from the Welsh Government under Section 104 of the Government of Wales Act 1998.


Biography of Owen Evans

  • Owen Evans was appointed S4C's Chief Executive and designated Accounting Officer in October 2017. Owen was educated at Ysgol Penweddig, Aberystwyth before graduating in economics from Swansea University. Prior to joining S4C, he was Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government, responsible for Education and Public Services. Between 2008 and 2010 he was director of Business In the Community Wales and for 10 years before that he worked for BT, including as a member of the UK team developing BT's broadband strategy. He served as a member of the Welsh Language Board between 2005 and 2010.