We are very pleased to welcome three new assessors to the  team. Annabel Evans, Ann Smith and David Walker will be working with us to ensure standards are met for the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales awards.

Annabel Evans has recently retired from teaching in Birmingham. She grew up in Aberystwyth and attended Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth, a Welsh speaking primary school, and a bi-lingual secondary.  She obtained her PGCE at  Univ. of Wales, Aberystwyth following the Welsh course. She has worked as a special educational needs teacher and advisory teacher for 20 years.  She is a trained trainer of person-centered approaches for engaging young people and their families in review and decision making meetings and is an experienced facilitator of meetings using person-centered structured frameworks. As a manager, she was involved the development of standards and in the delivery of SEN Reviews for schools across Birmingham.  We are looking forward to Anna working with us on the Quality Mark.

Ann Smith has a wide range of experience in Youth Work with over 20 years working within local authorities, and has been involved in community, targeted, outreach, voluntary and project based youth work. She has been responsible for training and management of staff, as well as a Tutor and ETS panel member on university validations. In her current role as Senior Youth Worker with Conwy Youth Service, Ann has been a lead writer of the successful application for the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales.

David Walker has a depth of experience working on a variety of community and youth work roles and is currently a Practice Support Manager in a new integrated youth service incorporating Youth Offending and Prevention Service. He has led regionally on the development of Management Information Systems, youth consultation and observation of practice programmes across Mid and South West Wales. David has been responsible for the co-ordination of the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales submission for Pembrokeshire.

We look forward to working with all of them.