The Classical Education Forum Team

Liz Mayor
Liz Mayor is the Founder and the Head of the Classical Education Forum ( founded in 2009): she was a lecturer at Cardiff University for 16 years where she taught Classical Studies and Latin. Her main area of research is Roman Philosophy and the Ancient Near East. Liz has also been a lecturer for the Open University and run many courses for Cardiff LEA, Somerset LEA and many other organisations. Liz also works with young people as a tutor for GCSE, A Level, under-graduate and post-graduate support. She works for the International Baccalaureate organisation with regard to their Classics provision. When Liz has spare time she can be found in her garden or walking her two dogs (Jamie and Vita). She also enjoys racquet sports and golf; reading; listens to a wide range of music, and she is a very active campaigner for animal rights
Julia Evans
Julia Evans is CEF's Administrator and has lived in Wales for the last 7 years. Julia has worked with young people in Nursery Education, having both managed and owned nurseries. She worked as a police officer for Essex Constabulary for several years before moving to Wales for domestic reasons. Julia is a 'people person' and enjoys her role as Administrator particularly organising and leading the trips. Julia enjoys a wide range of sport including hockey which she played at club level for many years. She also enjoys listening to a wide range of music and is keen to explore more of her new homeland.
Chiara Strazzulla
History and Archaeology/Digital Administrator

Chiara Strazzulla studied Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at Pisa, Italy, and at Cardiff University and holds a PhD in Ancient History, also from Cardiff University, with a thesis on Etruscan ethnicity in the Middle and Late Roman Republic. Her main areas of interest are Etruscan and Roman archaeology, epigraphy, and the interactions between the Romans and other neighbouring ancient peoples. She is passionate about fieldwork and has taken part in several excavation campaigns. Chiara is an active novelist and playwright, with works published in Italy, Switzerland and Germany, and when not writing or researching she is very fond of sailing, singing, attending theatre shows, and going on hiking trips through moors and mountains.

Chris Dale
Classics and Archaeology
Chris Dale originally from the Wirral, Chris studied Latin, Greek and Archaeology at Cardiff University and undertook postgraduate studies at Cardiff and Glamorgan Universities. In his younger days he participated in numerous archaeological excavations in Britain and France. He taught Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation in Cardiff state and independent secondary schools for 35 years during which time he wrote two Latin textbooks. A keen traveller, he has visited many classical sites and museums in Britain and around the Mediterranean including fourteen visits to Pompeii, always with his camera at the ready. He lectures regularly to local societies on Greek and Roman art and archaeology.
Dr. Robert A. Newell
Art History
Dr. Robert A. Newell PhD MA BA(Hons) PGCE studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and Goldsmiths College, and was more recently awarded a University of Wales doctorate. His work in painting and drawing has passed through certain distinct phases in relation to places, themes and formal concerns: the North Sea coast, destroyed urban environments, and now predominantly rocks and clouds in Wales and Cumbria. Robert has exhibited work in a range of venues including Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Royal Cambrian Academy (of which he's a member), Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Oriel Ynys Mon, Oriel Ceri Richards and other galleries in Wales, London, Dusseldorf, Colorado, etc. From 1978 he taught adult education courses for the London Borough of Merton, going on to include Kingston-upon-Thames and Croydon. He then went on to teach part-time at Hounslow Borough College, full-time at North Devon College and, from 1993 to 2014 he was a senior lecturer at what is now Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, formerly Swansea Institute of Higher Education. His role varied considerably, latterly he was the pathway leader for MA Fine Art and a research supervisor for some PhDs, while also teaching on BA (Hons) Fine Art. Turner has been a life long enthusiasm, fundamental to Roberts motivation to paint. Ruskin has also been particularly important both in terms of his drawings and critical doctrines. Certain aspects of philosophy have also been integral to Roberts practice and teaching, particularly concerning Kant, Schelling and Whitehead. He considers philosophy, along with the history of art and the history of ideas generally, should all have a more prominent role in education.
Professor Emeritus Howard Riley
Art History
Professor Emeritus Howard Riley PhD MA(RCA) CertDes FRSA FHEA studied at Hammersmith College of Art, Coventry College of Art, and the Royal College of Art. He holds a doctorate of the University of Wales in the practice and pedagogy of drawing. He has published in the areas of drawing pedagogy, visual semiotics, generative art and multi-modality. His drawings have been exhibited in Australia, Malaysia, Finland, Serbia, the USA and the UK.
Iestyn Jones

A first language Welsh speaker from Ceredigion, Iestyn studied for BA (Hons) in archaeology & history and a PhD (Wales) in early medieval Irish archaeology, and is an associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (ACIfA). He has taught BA History and MA Regional History modules for the University of Wales, Newport (before it became USW). Iestyn currently combines his work as a freelance archaeologist with Welsh language television presenting, including programmes such as ‘Olion: Palu am Hanes’ and ‘Cynefin’. He is married, has two children, two cats, a dog and a Kayak.

Gwen Rees
Head of Modern Languages

Gwen Rees was born and brought up in Wales. Her bilingual background and early exposure to foreign travel fostered a love of languages which has grown and diversified ever since. Having completed a BA (Hons) in French and German at Cardiff University, her subsequent qualifications have included a Diploma in Spanish from the Open University. She remains passionate about her field, spending much of her leisure time in pursuit of languages and travel. She also enjoys the cinema, the theatre and concerts.
A qualified and experienced teacher, Gwen was Head of Department at a Welsh-medium secondary school for many years. In this rôle, she organized a number of exchange visits and educational trips in addition to teaching a variety of foreign-language courses, including French GCSE and ‘A’ Level. Gwen is keen to share her interest in other cultures and for students to enjoy the language-learning process. Favouring a clear and structured approach, her aim, also, is for students to be able to apply their knowledge and skills in practical contexts.

Hefin Mathias
Modern History

Hefin Mathias is a former headteacher of Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni. He also taught history there and Rhydfelen and Llanhari comprehensive schools, after beginning his teaching career in the Greater London area. He has written a number of history textbooks including Roman Britain, Wales and Britain in the Medieval World 1066-1500, Agriculture in Wales 1880-1920, and Population in Wales 1880-1920. Since retiring, he has concentrated mainly on the period of the first half of the Twentieth Century. He is also a frequent broadcaster on Radio Cymru and S4C television.

Farah El Hakim

Farah studied architecture at Cardiff University and the University of Kent and holds a MSc in Computational Methods in Architecture; she is a recently published author in the digital field of architecture. She worked as an Architectural Assistant with Donald Insall Associates in London and has experience teaching classes on the history of architecture. She also has a fine art background and enjoys painting. Her artistic inspirations include JMW Turner, Auerbach and Fabian Perez; she also likes to experiment with lots of different media. Farah has taken a course on architectural pedagogy whilst at university, and tutors architecture students.