NPA Board Roles


  • Act in the best interests of the NPA by having strategic responsibility
  • Maintain and promote the profile of the NPA
  • Act as a spokesman for the NPA
  • Ensure representation of the NPA on National Advisory groups and other forums as appropriate.
  • Liaise with all Board members in the roles of individual responsibility or sub-committee members to ensure the work of the NPA is being carried out in accordance with planned objectives.
  • Produce an Annual Report that details successfully attained objectives and future initiatives.

Vice Chairperson

  • Support the Chairperson in all the above functions
  • Deputise for the Chairperson as deemed necessary
  • Act as a point of contact for all new Trustees


  • Keeping an overview of the financial affairs of the NPA.
  • Preparing accounts and reports in accordance with current legislation.
  • Preparing budgets and presenting implications for forward planning.

Parent Trustee

  • Contribute a parental perspective to the work of the NPA

Regional Trustees

  • Present the views and opinions of Portage members from the region at Board meetings
  • Disseminate information to the region on the work of the Board
  • Provide a contact point for the NPA and disseminate information and advice to the public, registered services and individual members of the NPA

Representatives of Sub-Committees

Chair of Training

  • Oversee the development of the Portage Curriculum and support Tutors, Trainers and Trainee Trainers in meeting the NPA standards and procedures for delivery of training.
  • Encourage new and develop existing training initiatives.
  • Offer advice on issues raised by registered services or individuals regarding training.
  • Maintain a register of accredited Trainers and Trainee Trainers in partnership with office staff
  • Oversee, review and develop the level 3 & 4 qualifications in accordance with NPA training initiatives.
  • Liaise with Treasurer regarding training budget and income generation.

Chair of Projects

  • To oversee all work undertaken on DfE projects.

Others Who May Attend Board Meetings

Conference Coordinator

  • Plan, administrate and evaluate the NPA Annual Conference with the support of the Conference Organising Committee
  • Attend/report to Board meetings

Editor of the Portage Post

  • Write the editorial for Portage Post
  • Organise the production and distribution of Portage Post
  • Attend/report to Board meetings