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Rob Humphreys CBE FLSW

Council member, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Rob Humphreys is member of the Council of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. He previously held the post of Director of the Open University in Wales from 2007 - 2017. He has twice been elected by University leaders in Wales to the post of Vice Chair of the sector-wide body, Universities Wales. 

During his career at senior level Rob has been appointed by the Government to serve on a number of major reviews and Commissions in Wales, each leading to major constitutional or sectoral change.  These include the Independent Review of Higher Education (2009), the All-Wales Convention (2008-2010), the Commission on Devolution (2010 – 2014), and most recently the Diamond Review of higher education funding in Wales (2015-16). He was appointed by the Welsh Government as Chair of the independent review of governance in further education (the Humphreys Review), and as the independent chair of the merger of the two Workers Educational Association organisations in Wales to become WEA Cymru (now Adult Learning Wales). On two occasions was appointed as specialist adviser on FE and HE to the Welsh Affairs Committee of the House of Commons. More recently he has been advising the Welsh Government on how to best evaluate governance within institutions of further education.

Before joining the Open University, Rob was Director of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education in Wales, and prior to that lectured in adult education at Swansea University for 12 years. During his time at Swansea he worked on the award-winning Community University of the Valleys project which provided higher education in communities which had experienced the rapid decline of heavy industry, and for which he was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award.  Rob was a founder member and first chair of the Swansea Festival of Learning and is an elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. In 2016 he was awarded a CBE for services to adult education and voluntary movements in Wales. He lives in Swansea with his wife, the BAFTA award-winning film maker Catrin Evans and their seventeen year-old daughter.