Meet The International Team

James Llewellyn
Head of International Operations

James is the Head of International Operations. His role focuses on the operational responsibility of managing the College’s International portfolio to support relationship management with overseas agencies and building brand awareness overseas with particular reference to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and skills.

Previously, James has held several positions at NPTC Group of Colleges, such as Engineering Apprentice, Mechanical Technician, Engineering Instructor, Mechanical Engineering Lecturer and Deputy Head of School in a high performing Engineering & Automotive department that provides full and part-time programmes of study designed to meet the needs of individuals and employers in Wales, the UK and overseas.

James has completed an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Diploma in Mechanical Engineering; he graduated from the University of Glamorgan in Mechanical Engineering and Postgraduate Certificate in Education Teaching with the University of South Wales. James is also a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Chartered Management Institute. He is also a fluent Welsh language speaker.

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Steve Rhodes
Assistant Principal for Worldwide Operations

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree in Graphic Design and a Master of Education Degree

His career began working as a Graphic Designer before entering the vocational education sector as a Lecturer of Graphic Design, progressing through the academic ranks before being appointed as the Assistant Principal of Worldwide Operations at NPTC Group of Colleges.

Being responsible for the College’s international portfolio, he regularly spends time overseas which he describes as a privilege and honour – going on to say that the more he travels and the more he meets people from different cultures and backgrounds, he recognises that we are all connected far more by the things that we have in common compared to our differences.

Steve has led large scale projects in China since 2005, working predominantly with the vocational education sector is China and is now one of the UK’s most experienced Further Education TVET (Technical, Vocational Education and Training) specialists. His skills, experience and profile have been recognised through his appointment of the Co-Chair of the China UK Vocational Education Cooperation and Development Committee.

Turning now to India, where Steve has been a regular visitor since 2011, he has led the team both on the ground in India and in the UK.

His role of Director of LSI (Language School International) Portsmouth is active and he has represented LSI globally.

Within the UK, he is the Chair of the Colleges Wales International Network.


Angela Gill
International Funding and Project Officer

Angela’s role focuses on the relationships and collaborations of the Worldwide Partnerships and Colleges, working closely with the Head of International Operations and the Assistant Principal for Worldwide Operations.

She is responsible for the Workstations programme which involves 20-30 Chinese Teachers coming to NPTC Group of Colleges for 14 weeks to take part in the PGCE programme; shadowing NPTC Group of Colleges lecturers and observing the westernised mythology of teaching practice.

She is responsible for the coordination of the programmes we offer Internationally and within the UK for International students including arranging VISA’s, travel and delegations.

Joining the International team, she has experienced a variety of wonderful opportunities to work closely with colleagues, teachers and students across the world.

Angela joined NPTC Group of Colleges in 2019.  She comes from a finance background, working in a major bank where her roles included Mortgage Manager and Relationship Manager before moving on to the Higher Education sector within the Procurement team.


Jack James
International Marketing Administrative Assistant

Our newest team member, having joined us in 2021, Jack’s role focuses on developing marketing material for our clients overseas and assisting the other members of our international department.

Being a former student of NPTC Group of Colleges, he knows our student experience first-hand. He graduated from Neath College in 2017 with A Levels in Law, Psychology, and Religious Studies, and an AS Level in Sociology.

Following his time with us at Neath College, Jack went on to study at Swansea University, where he graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Psychology.