Cardiff Metropolitan University has appointed Siân Rees as Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise, to further enhance Cardiff School of Management's reputation for work-based learning, employability, international engagement and leading edge research.
Ms Rees is an experienced academic leader, previously Head of Newport Business School and, most recently, Associate Head of the School of Business at University of South Wales. Prior to entering HE, Ms Rees gained wide-ranging experience over more than 25 years in industry, performing key education and training, human resource and IT management roles for a number of international companies, mainly in the IT and financial services sectors. She has held senior technical and management roles at UK and European levels for a variety of international IT companies, most latterly, Oracle.
In her new role, Ms Rees, who is originally from Merthyr Tydfil, will enhance the University's external engagement activity and develop detailed strategies for income generation, through innovation in the curriculum, based on the needs of employers.
Speaking about her appointment, Ms Rees, who is Vice Chair of the Institute of Directors in South and West Wales, said: "I am delighted to begin this new role at Cardiff School of Management, which has a wide-ranging portfolio of successful programmes in Wales to build upon, in the UK and abroad."
"I aim to meet the needs of students and organisations by providing innovative, solutions-oriented products and services through my work with the highly experienced team already in place here."
Ms Rees is Founder of Women in Management in South East Wales (now GRŴP) and is a Trustee of United World College of Southern Africa.
The Southampton University graduate also studied at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government via a Welsh Government award and her appointment will further strengthen the expertise of Cardiff School of Management.
Professor David Brooksbank, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and Dean of Cardiff School of Management, added:
"I am absolutely delighted that Sian has joined the Senior Management Team in the School. She brings a range and depth of experience in developing enterprise and Higher Education more generally which will allow the School to further cement its reputation for working closely with businesses across Wales."