Ann Collins

Associate Consultant

Ann joined Richard Newton Consulting (RNC) in February 2021.  She is a specialist in Governance, Business Strategy, Management, Income Generation, and Community Development.

Ann was the founding Chief Executive of Age Concern Neath Port Talbot having seen at first hand the difference the charity sector had made to her mother-in-law’s who had Alzheimer’s quality of life.

Her career has spanned the private sector, local government, and the third sector. Ann’s other roles have included  General Manager at a listening and support service for young people; Director of Marketing and Development for the Understanding Industry Trust and an Internal Consultant: Community Relations for British Petroleum PLC

As a freelance consultant for nine years, Ann has worked on a wide range of assignments. These include leading an investigation into a trustee dispute for an international organisation; facilitating a board retreat for a UK charity; creating and delivering bespoke training for a Chief Executive and senior management team around capacity building; externally evaluating a major Community Fund project and coaching and mentoring beneficiaries of two Institute of Fundraising Cymru projects.


Current – Board Member, Swansea Women’s Aid

Member of Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Former Lay Member – Royal College of General Practitioners, Wales

Former Board member/governor – Coleg Elidyr


BEd (Hons) in Social and Industrial Studies with a subsidiary in Youth and Community Work, West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education.

Out of Office

Ann describes herself as a “real foodie”. Fortunately, she loves both cooking and eating and aims to try out at least two new recipes each week.  Some are more successful than others, according to her husband! Ann is passionate about the value of volunteering: she practices what she preaches as a Board member with Swansea Women’s Aid.