Gaynor Richards

Director, Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service

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 was the Children and Young People’s Champion and was also Welsh Language Champion for  ABMU Health Board.

She is the Chair of Governors of NPTC Group of Colleges.

Gaynor was appointed by the Minister for Finance, Jane Hutt AM, as one of three EU Funding Ambassadors in Wales. She was 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 1990’s 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.

  • 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.