Ysgol y Deri Chair of Governors awarded MBE

Ysgol y Deri Chair of Governors Tim Exell has received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honour’s list for services to special needs education in Wales.


  • Thursday, 04 January 2018 16:46 PM | Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth

Tim was previously a Governor of Ashgrove School, which catered for children with autism, and took up his current position after a merger with Maes Dyfan and Ysgol Erw’r Delyn to form Ysgol y Deri.

That Vale of Glamorgan Council-run school is a leader in its field, with one teacher, Lisa Rees-Renshaw, recently received a prestigious national teaching award for her life-changing work helping pupils to communicate using assistive technology.

Tim began his career in Bridgend before going on to hold Deputy Headteacher positions in Cheshire and Buckinghamshire.

In 2000 he became involved with Manchester-based charity Seashell Trust, which provides education and care for children and young people with severe and complex neuro-disabilities. Eight years later he became director of the charity and is now president. 


timexell"This is as much for the people I have worked with and the pupils. "I am pleased for them as well.


"Ysgol y Deri has been very successful. I worked on the amalgamation of the schools and it wasn't without its difficulties as we were bringing three different but three excellent schools together. But it was a challenge which the staff took up. 

"The change I have seen is that special needs education has been brought into schools that are special.” - Tim Exell


Cllr Bob Penrose, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture, said: “Tim’s honour is richly deserved and comes after an influential career that has seen him make a major contribution to children’s education across the country.

“After spells working in Bridgend, Cheshire and Buckinghamshire, since 2004 Tim has been a Governor of schools in the Vale that cater for children with special educational needs.

“During this period, he helped oversee the merger of Maes Dyfan, Ysgol Erw’r Delyn and Ashgrove School to form Ysgol y Deri, which has become a shining light among schools of its type. Much of that success has been down to Tim’s sustained commitment and effort, and I’d like to offer him the warmest of congratulations on this prestigious recognition.”