Our Corporation Board, or Governing Body, is responsible for the strategic direction and financial performance of the College.

Its full responsibilities, membership, procedural information and how it conducts its business are set out in the Instrument and Articles of Government.

The Board’s membership is diverse and includes external members who come from amongst other areas, local businesses, education, the community and professions. The Principal, two students and two members of staff are also members.

The Board meets six times a year and is assisted in its work by a number of committees (Audit, Curriculum and Quality, Finance and General Purposes, Human Resources, Learner Support, Remuneration and Search and Governance) which look at specific areas of the College.

The College Board has appointed a new Chair and Vice-Chair in recent months.

Mr Meirion Howells – Chair

Meirion served as a board member of Swansea RFC for 41 years, latterly as secretary. He was also secretary of the WRU Premier Clubs Group. He trained as a quantity surveyor and worked for construction companies in Wales and England. He was managing director of a large construction company prior to setting up a project management consultancy in 1994. The company’s projects ranged in value from £100k to £10m across the UK and overseas.

He has served as a governor in a Welsh medium primary school and a Welsh medium secondary school. He was also a member of both the West Wales Fire Service and City and County of Swansea Standards Committee for eight years, the last two years as Chairman.

Mr Des Thomas – Vice Chair (until June 2023)

Des was brought up in the east side of Swansea and undertook an engineering apprenticeship with ICI on leaving school. He worked in industry, then in research at Swansea University for 30+ years.

He has served as a City Councillor for 40+ years, currently holding the position of Presiding Member. He has also served as a Magistrate in Swansea for 30+ years. He is a governor of Whitestone Primary School and Ysgol Llynderw Primary School, and is a member of the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority.

If you have any questions about the Corporation Board or governance matters, if you would like to see the Instrument and Articles of Government, terms of reference for committees or the register of members’ interests, or if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Sharon Barron, Clerk to the Corporation Board, on 01792 284000 or email

Gower College Swansea Privacy Notice for Governors

Eligibility Criteria for members of the Board

Corporation Board members / Committees / Meetings 2022

Welsh Statutory Instruments

Annual Report for the year ended 31 July 2021