Governance is to do with those ideas, structures, and systems which shape the strategic direction and management of the College for the benefit of all its stakeholders – the students, their parents, current and future employers, the staff and the wider community of interests that taken as whole reflect and represent Neath Port Talbot and Powys.

Governors, via the Corporation Board and its Committees, are responsible for the mission, strategic direction and financial security of the College. The Senior Management Team, led by the CEO, is responsible for the strategic management of the College and implementation of Corporation policy.

Part of the management ethos of NPTC Group of Colleges is a commitment to openness, transparency, honesty, and accountability by putting as much information into the public domain as reasonable without compromising business confidentiality and the legal right of the individual.

Gaynor Richards MBE

Director, Neath Port Talbot CVS

In 1997, Gaynor was appointed as the first Executive Director of Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service having previously worked in the Private Sector.

In October 2009, she was appointed as Third Sector Non-Officer Member to ABMU Health Board and is the Children and Young People’s Champion and also Welsh Language Champion for ABMU Health Board.

She is the Chair of Governors of NPTC Group. Gaynor was appointed by the Minister for Finance, Jane Hutt AM, as one of three EU Funding Ambassadors in Wales. She is a Member of the BIG Lottery Wales Board and sits on the Public Services Leadership Panel.

Gaynor chaired the Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy panel which was part of the all-Wales child death review programme, and the Wales representative on the UK Child Care Commission. She was part of the first-ever Local Authority/Third Sector Compact in the late 1990s and in 2000 helped achieve the Quadpartite Agreement between the Local Health Group, Health Trust, Local Authority and Third Sector. Gaynor was also a member of the Welsh Assembly Commission to review the Third Sector Scheme.

Gaynor sits on a range of key strategic groups in Neath Port Talbot and regionally across the Western Bay area. She is a member of the Ministerial Taskforce for the Valleys. Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women in Business Awards 2017. Member of the Council of Swansea University. In 2008, Gaynor was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List for Services to the Voluntary/Community Sector and was appointed High Sheriff of West Glamorgan in 2013-2014. Gaynor is married to Wyn, and they have a daughter, Nia.

Governance Handbook

Includes details of current membership, governance and management structures, duties and responsibilities of both individuals and committees together with key policies and procedures. For handbook requests, please contact

Register of Interests

A register of interests identifying areas and activities of Governors and Managers with budgetary responsibilities in order to prevent any conflicts of interest with college business can be found here:

Any queries regarding NPTC Group of Colleges’ Corporation Board should be directed to the Assistant Principal: Governance, Gemma Charnock, NPTC Group of Colleges, Dwr y Felin Road, Neath, SA10 7RF or by e-mail to

Useful Links

Useful Governance links