Councillor Corner

Cllr. Mrs Sheila Penry


I was brought up outside Ammanford in a village named Garnswllt and attended a local primary school in the village then went onto Gowerton Girl’s Grammar School.I then went to Cardiff College and passed out with Catering qualifications, going onto work as a Bakery and Hotel Manager. Furthering my career, I went to work as Supervisor of Staff in Pullmans factory in Ammanford. I then married Mervyn and moved to live in Neath where I worked in Country Maid Bakery as Confectioner Supervisor.

I had twins girls in 1973 and went to work at Cefn Saeson Comprehensive school as Cook Supervisor. Having a background in trade union work, I also joined the Labour Party and became a Member of Neath South and East Labour Party.

I am a Member of St Joseph Catholic Church, Neath.

I became Councillor in 1987 for Neath Community Council.

In May 1991 I became Councillor for Neath Borough Council which then became Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. 

Over the years, it has given me a very great pleasure to serve as a Councillor representing Penrhiwtyn Ward. Serving Neath Town Council with my other Town Council members we are able to work with the community and support different organisations.

I have been very fortunate in being the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Mayor and now also have the great honour of becoming the Deputy Mayor for Neath Town Council in May 2019.

I have great interest in supporting Neath RFC, Cooking, Music, Reading and enjoy attending Neath Little Theatre. I enjoy spending time with my family, extended family and friends.