Meredydd David, OBE

Principal, Reaseheath College

Meredydd has spent the majority of his career in agricultural and rural education.  A farmer’s son, he graduated from the Welsh Agricultural College in 1976 and started his career as a Lecturer Senior Warden at Carmarthenshire College in West Wales.  In 1996 Meredydd gained an MPhil in Soil Science on a part-time basis through research at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Between 1998 and 2004 he was Vice Principal at Sparsholt College, Hampshire. Whilst in Hampshire he was a member of the Hampshire Economic Partnership and also for six years was Chairman of the Hampshire Farming Partnership.

In May 2004 Meredydd was appointed as Principal at Reaseheath College in Cheshire, one of the leading land-based Colleges in the country.

Meredydd has represented Colleges on a number of regional and national groups, including:

  • Department for Education Ministerial Working Group
  • Past Board Member of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service
  • Past Chairman and currently Board Member of Landex (Federation of Land-based Colleges)
  • Member of the Education Funding Agency Technical and Funding Advisory Group
  • Lantra (Land-based Sector Skills Council) Council Member
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council – Rural Regeneration Board
  • Director/Board member, Association of Colleges

Meredydd chairs the LEP Employment and Skills Board and also the Rural Board. Meredydd was awarded the OBE in June 2009 for Services to Local and National Further Education. Meredydd is married with three children and lives in Cheshire and enjoys music, walking and rugby.