Chairman of Welsh National Opera and former Chairman of the Arts Council of Wales (2003-2006) and Controller of BBC Wales (1990-2000). He has worked in newspapers, and in ITV with HTV Wales and as Director of Programmes for Tyne Tees Television plc (1987-1990). He was a member of the Radio Authority (2001-04) He is also a non-executive director of Glas Cymru Cyf (Welsh Water), and a trustee of the Media Standards Trust. He is a former chairman of Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, and a former board member of the Wales Millennium Centre and the Artes Mundi international visual arts prize.
Deputy Chairman of the Principality Building Society and a former Chairman of Pure Wafer plc. He has held senior positions in several leading businesses, mainly in the IT software sector, including Phillips, General Electric and the Terence Chapman Group. He has also been a non-executive director with iSOFT Group and EQOS. He is a past national chairman of Plaid Cymru and was a founding member of the Plaid Cymru Research Group in 1967. He advises the party on economic and financial issues and in 2008 was chair of its commission on fairness and taxation.
Solicitor with Morgan Cole, and a former managing partner with Morgan Bruce prior to the merger that created Morgan Cole. He is a past chairman of the cancer charity, Tenovus, Vice Chairman of the Reserve Forces & Cadets Association for Wales (having served in the Territorial Army for over 30 years), and Vice President of Cardiff Law Society. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for South Glamorgan.
Rhys David was formerly a journalist with the Financial Times, where he was successively a specialist correspondent, regional correspondent and Surveys Editor, with responsibility for the paper's 200 annual country, financial, management, IT and regional reports. From 1988-1991 he held the position of publisher and managing director of Business Magazine, a joint venture between the FT and Conde Nast, the publishers of Vogue. Following his retirement from the FT he joined the IWA in a part time role as Associate Director, and was co-author of several IWA reports, including on the Valleys and on industrial clusters, as well as the IWA's report on successful Welsh businesses, Roaring Dragons.
Sustainable Development Commissioner for Wales and former Deputy Chief
Executive of Business in the Community UK. He returned to Wales in 2005 where he established the Project Development Partnership consultancy that provides project consultancy to business, government and the voluntary sector. He also coordinates the work of The Prince's Charities in Wales.
Awarded the OBE in 1995 for work in establishing links between business and education under the DTI’s Enterprise Initiative, he was then Managing Director at Business in the Community UK from 1995 to 2005.
Peter returned home to Wales in 2005 and was appointed Commissioner for Wales and Vice Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in 2006, providing independent advice to the Welsh and UK Governments.
Co-founder and Commercial Director of Fifth Dimensions Systems, a leading provider of professional services and business software. The company is based at Nantgarw. He is a chartered accountant, and worked in management consultancy for Ernst & Young. Before setting up Fifth Dimensions he was commercial manager for BBC Resources Wales
Managing Partner Cadwyn Capital LLP and formerly Chief Investment Officer, Morley Fund Management. Born in Aberdare, he has been a tutor at Magdalen College, Oxford, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, chief international economist at Lehman Brothers, head of the general economics division at the OECD and, from 1994-98, Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is Chair of the Welsh Government's Commission reviewing the Barnett Formula and a member of its Economic Research Advisory Panel. He is also a visiting professor at Cardiff Business School.
Ruth's professional career includes human resource and change management, equality and diversity management, corporate social responsibility and business development. She was the Older People's Commissioner for Wales between 2008 and 2012 - an independent post established by the Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Act 2006. Her previous appointments include Director of RNIB Cymru 2005-2008 & Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg 1999-2005. Ruth holds a number of voluntary appointments including the International Federation on Ageing and the BBC Audience Council for Wales and was awarded the MBE in 2007 for services to welfare to work.
Pro Vice Chancellor (International & Regional Development) at Newport University. He was a Member of the European Parliament, representing Dublin (1986-89) following 11 years as Director of Strategic Planning & Development at Dublin City University. In 1990-4 he led the development of British Telecom's first European market strategy. He has also been a strategy consultant to a range of clients, especially higher education institutions and local authorities.
Director of Science Made Simple Ltd., a company that aims to engage a wider public with science and engineering, and a spin-out from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. She set up the company in 2002 having joined the university after six years as public programmes manager with Techniquest. In 2002 she was appointed as the first woman - and youngest person ever - to deliver the Institute of Physics National Schools Lecture tour. In 2004 she was voted 'Welsh Woman of the Year' and given the Women into Science, Engineering and Construction (WISE) excellence award for helping to promote science to girls. In 2005 the Institute of Physics named her 'Young Professional Physicist of the Year' and in 2007 she was named as Laureate, the highest prize in the EU Descartes Prize for Science Communication.
Professor of Computer Science and Head of the School of Physical Sciences at Swansea University. He was also Head of the Department of Computer Science at Swansea University, 1994-2008. A chartered engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, he is an authority on the theory of data, digital and analogue.
Chair of the Wales Employment and Skills Board and the UK Commissioner for Wales on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. He is also Chairman of the Welsh Committee of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and a member of the AJTC itself. He was the first Vice-Chancellor, University of Glamorgan from 1992 to 2005 and previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University. In 2007 he chaired the Webb review, the independent review of the mission and purpose of further education in Wales, for the Welsh Government. In 2006 he was a member of the Beecham review of the machinery of government in Wales.
External Affairs Manager for the National Trust in Wales. She is a member of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and its lead member for sustainability and climate change. She is also a founding board member of Sustain Wales / Cynnal Cymru. Previously she has been a board member of the Welsh Development Agency, a member of the Welsh Government's social enterprise panel, and a director of the Wales European Centre. She is a Royal Society Scholar, a Common Purpose graduate and a qualified offshore yachtmaster.
Laura McAllister comes from Bridgend and is Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management. She was educated at Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Bridgend and is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cardiff University where she completed a PhD in politics.
Laura was a member of the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for National Assembly for Wales that reported in March 2004 and advisor to the Independent Panel on AMs Pay and Support in 2008-9. Laura’s principal academic interests centre on public administration and politics, specifically: devolution, Welsh politics and elections, multi level governance, sport and public policy, gender and politics. She has written extensively on these areas and her recent books include Plaid Cymru, The Emergence of a Political Party (2001), and Women and Constitutional Politics in Wales (2007) with Paul Chaney and Fiona Mackay. She is a visiting Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and the China National School of Administration, Beijing. Laura has worked as a political analyst for BBC Wales and is a leading commentator on Welsh and British elections.
A former Wales football international and national team captain with 24 caps, Laura is a Board Member of UK Sport. She is also Chair of Sport Wales. Laura is also a Board Member and Trustee of the Welsh Football Trust. She is currently project sponsor for sport at the University of Liverpool, and chairs the Sport Liverpool Strategy Group. She is a member of the judging panel for BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.