Who are the College Governors?

Corporation Board Chair: Dr. Rhobert Lewis

NAME

Dr. Rhobert Lewis

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Community

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 03.05.18 to 03.05.24

RESIDES

Powys

EDUCATION

Holds BSc in chemistry and PhD in Physical Chemistry. Awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in 1996 for ‘Outstanding contributions to chemistry’. Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the University of South Wales for distinguished services to higher education, in December 2017.

EMPLOYMENT

Currently Independent Member Powys Teaching Health Board.

Director Green Inc.

Previously Dean of Computing, Engineering and Science University of South Wales.

Corporation Board Vice-Chair and Audit Committee Chair: James Hehir

NAME

James Hehir

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Corporation Vice-Chair

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 29.03.06 to 04.04.23

RESIDES

Swansea

EDUCATION

Following secondary education to ‘A’ Level standard at Southwark College, James Hehir went on to gain a BA Honours degree in Law at South Bank Polytechnic and an MBA at the University of Glamorgan.  He is a qualified solicitor.

EMPLOYMENT

Clerk to the Dyfed Powys and North Wales Justices.  Currently on detached duty with Criminal Justice System Common Platform Programme.

Corporation Board Governor: Clare Cluer

NAME

Clare Cluer

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Staff Governor

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Resources and General Purposes

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 03.05.19 to 03.05.23

RESIDES

New Tredegar

EDUCATION

Graduated from the University of Wales, Newport, with a BA in Multimedia in 2002. In 2004 graduated from the same university with a PGCE in Primary Teaching. From 2013 – 2014 Clare undertook a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management Development with the University of South Wales. In 2015 Clare completed the new Digital Literacy Practitioner’s course.

EMPLOYMENT

Joined NPTC Group in April 2008 at the Brecon Campus, while the college was previously Coleg Powys. The ILT Development Officer is a role that changes year on year depending on the college’s requirements and current projects. Aspects of the role have also changed relating to ongoing technological requirements and/or Welsh Government policies. Main responsibilities include supporting, maintaining and training staff on the following college-wide software: the VLE (Moodle), SharePoint, Office 365, Digital Tools, plus any other ILT related software or hardware that may get introduced into the college.

Before working in the College, Clare worked on a community website project in the boroughs of Merthyr Tydfil and RCT, helping small community groups have a web presence.

Clare also has a PGCE in Primary Education and two years’ experience in teaching Year 5 and Year 6 students.

Clare has also many years’ experience working as a Historical Costumed Interpreter and Murder Mystery Actor for Llancaiach Fawr Manor house in Caerphilly and for the Chance Encounters Historical Interpretation Company.

From 2003 – 2018 Clare had 15 years’ experience managing a team of volunteers to run public paranormal events, including charity activities and events which raised over £30,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis trust, and coordinated and co-wrote 3 published books.

Corporation Board Governor: Ceri Stephens

NAME

Ceri Stephens

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Business

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Resources and General Purposes

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 04.04.19 to 04.04.24

RESIDES

Powys

EDUCATION

  • NVQ Level 4 in Management
  • Institute of Leadership & Management – manage the use of financial resources, develop and manage teams and individuals to enhance performance
  • Part Higher National Diploma in Business, Finance & Tourism
  • BTEC National Diploma in Business, Finance & Tourism
  • 8 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths & English

EMPLOYMENT

Group Manager at Mid Wales Manufacturing Group

Office Manager at Shared Apprenticeship Scheme (Wales) Ltd

Corporation Board Governor: Graham Cragg


NAME

Graham Cragg

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Business

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Resources & General Purposes, Co-Chair

Chair (Search & Governance)

Remuneration

Director of LSI Ltd.

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 10.12.98 to 11.07.21

RESIDES

Brecon

EDUCATION

Cardiff High School

IPFA Qualified Accountant

EMPLOYMENT

Worked in Cardiff, Southampton, Swansea and Powys mainly in Local Government (mostly Education) and the NHS.  Now retired from the role as Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive.

Corporation Board Governor: Heather Turner

NAME

Heather Turner

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Co-opted Member

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Audit Committee

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 29.01.20 to 29.01.24

RESIDES

To be updated.

EDUCATION

To be updated.

EMPLOYMENT

To be updated.

Corporation Board Governor: Helen Morgan

NAME

Helen Morgan

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Co-opted Member

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Resources & General Purposes

Health and Safety Working Group Student Management Group

Director of Learn-Kit Ltd.

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 08.06.11 to 13.11.24

RESIDES

Neath

EDUCATION

Certificate in Education Glyndwr University (NEWI) Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) University of Wales

Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (Further Education) University of Wales

EMPLOYMENT

Employed in Education for 31 years; 5 in the Secondary Sector and 26 in Further Education Sector.  Posts held Head of Department.  Manager the Business Support and Innovation Centre, Bridgend College Enterprises Ltd.  Manager of two outreach Community Colleges. Associate Assessor for Estyn.  Advisor and Project Manager for Investors in People. Project Leader for three Welsh Assembly funded Education projects.

Corporation Board Governor: James Williams

NAME

James Williams

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Co-opted Adviser

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Audit

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 22.10.2020

RESIDES

Llandrindod Wells, Powys

SUMMARY

Working within the Water Industry since 2008, James is currently employed as a Capital Programme Delivery Manager for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

An experienced Automation & Control Engineer, James operates at a Principal Engineer level within Operational Technology environments.  He is a full member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (MIET), the Association of Project Management (MAPM) and the Institute of Water (MIWater).

James is currently Vice-Chair of the Governing Body at Ysgol Cefnllys, and a Governor Champion with Powys County Council’s school service.

EDUCATION

Attending Coleg Powys in Newtown for further education, James later attended Worcester College of Technology part-time to gain a Foundation Degree in Electrical Engineering.  More recently James completed a MA in Strategic Leadership & Management with the University of Chester.

Corporation Board Governor: Jill Harding

NAME

Jill Harding

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Community Member

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Resources & General Purposes

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 22.10.08 to 04.04.24

RESIDES

Neath

EDUCATION

BA Hons Sociology with Professional Studies CQSW (Social Work Qualification)

PGCE

Certificate in Management (Open University)

EMPLOYMENT

Previously employed as an Assistant Director of Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Services (NPTCVS) with overall responsibility for volunteering and HR. Prior employment includes the role of Social Worker before lecturing and providing training in the field of Social Care.

Corporation Board Governor: Mandy Ifans

NAME

Mandy Ifans

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Business Member

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Resources & General Purposes, Co-Chair

Chairs’ (Search & Governance)

Remuneration

Director of Jobforce Wales

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 08.06.11 to 07.06.21

RESIDES

Kidwelly

EDUCATION

Former pupil of Llandysul Grammar School, Mandy went on to gain a BA (Hons) in History at University of Wales, Aberystwyth.  Subsequently, she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from Polytechnic of Wales, Pontypridd.

EMPLOYMENT

Member of Senior Management Team at Careers Wales West where she is employed as Head of Service Delivery for Mid and West Wales and is responsible for the delivery of all careers and related services to schools, colleges, WBL providers, adults and NEET clients throughout NPT, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Corporation Board Governor: Matthew Harvey

NAME

Matthew Harvey

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Co-opted Member

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Audit

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 28.04.16 to 28.04.24

RESIDES

Port Talbot

EDUCATION

St. Clares Porthcawl Swansea University L’ESC Brest (France)

EMPLOYMENT

PwC – September 2003 – June 2015. Senior Manager

Dr Organic Limited – July 2015 – present. Group Finance Director

Corporation Board Governor: Matthew Dorrance

NAME

Matthew Dorrance

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Community

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

T.B.C.

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 20.11.2020

RESIDES

Brecon

EDUCATION

BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (The Open University, 2011) DipEcon Diploma in Economics (The Open University, 2011).

EMPLOYMENT

Office Manager to Dawn Bowden MS (January 2020 – present), Caseworker/Communications Officer (July 2016 – January 2020). Office Manager to Jenny Rathbone AM (2011 – 2016). Powys Teaching Health Board: Independent Member/Non-Executive Director (2014 – present). Powys County Council: County Councillor (2012 – present). Campaigns Officer to Huw Lewis AM (2010 – 2011). The Labour Party: Regional Organiser (2009 – 2010). Powys County Council: Mental Health Community Support Officer (2006 – 2008).

Corporation Board Co-opted Adviser: Susan Anne Jones

NAME

Susan Anne Jones

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Co-opted Adviser

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed

RESIDES

Port Talbot

EDUCATION

St Joseph’s Comprehensive School Port Talbot

SRN NMC registration achieved via West Glamorgan School of Nursing 1975

SCM registration achieved via West Glamorgan School of nursing 1977

BSc 1st Class Honours in Community Public Health achieved via Swansea University 2006

NMC registered Specialist Public Health Community Nurse [School Nursing] 2006

EMPLOYMENT

1972 -1980 NHS Paediatric staff nurse [left for a career break to have children]

1986 – 2021 NHS School Nursing [retired January 2021]

Corporation Board Governor: Tony Burgoyne

NAME

Tony Burgoyne

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

Staff

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Audit

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Appointed: 31.07.14 to 03.05.22

RESIDES

Llandrindod Wells Powys

EDUCATION

John Beddows comprehensive School Presteigne O levels & GCSEs Montgomeryshire College of further education NVQ 1 & 2 Christchurch polytechnic, Bournemouth level 3 Hospitality & Catering PGCE certificate in Education, University of Newport South Wales

EMPLOYMENT

Worked in England, Wales, France, Italy, in Europe, and around the world

Worked as a sous-chef in Perth Australia

A second chef in America West Coast San Diego

Head chef in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Private chef in Hong Kong

Coleg Powys/NPTC Group since 1999

OTHER ROLES

Senior lecturer for HCA School Rugby, youth coach Llandrindod Wells

Member and Guild for Scout pack Llandrindod Wells