Patrons

Karl JenkinsSir Karl Jenkins CBE

Musician and composer

The UK’s most popular contemporary composer, Karl Jenkins was born in 1944 and was raised in Penclawdd, South West Wales. His father was a school teacher, organist and choir master, who taught Karl music theory and the piano.

While at Gowerton Grammar School, Karl played oboe in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, before reading music at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Jenkins initially focused on playing jazz, with performances at Ronnie Scott’s legendary club. He co-formed the group Nucleus, which won first prize at the 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival.

RogerLewisRoger Lewis

Cardiff Airport Chief Executive

HannahStoneHannah Stone

Harpist

Hannah Stone is a Welsh harpist from Swansea. In June 2011 Hannah was appointed the Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales.

OwenMoneyOwen Money

Actor and radio presenter

Owen Money MBE, is a Welsh musician, actor, comedian, and radio presenter. He was born in Merthyr Tydfil. In the 2007 New Year Honours, Owen was made an MBE for services to entertainment in Wales.

MaxBoyceMax Boyce

Entertainer

Max Boyce MBE is a Welsh comedian, singer and entertainer. He rose to fame during the mid-1970s with an act that combined musical comedy with his passion for rugby union and his origins in the mining communities of South Wales. Having sold more than two million albums in a career spanning four decades, and playing to full houses all around the world, Boyce is one of the most successful and enduring entertainers in Welsh history.

RuthMadocRuth Madoc

Actress

Ruth Madoc is a Welsh actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Gladys Pugh in the 1980s BBC television comedy Hi-de-Hi!, for which she received a BAFTA TV award nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance, and as Daffyd Thomas’s mother in the second series of Little Britain.

ChrisNeedsChris Needs

Radio presenter

Christopher Needs MBE is a radio broadcaster, working with BBC Radio Wales. He has been broadcasting for several years, and started his radio career with the Touch AM radio station before co-presenting the mid-morning magazine show Live Time on Radio Wales while also appearing on S4C television. Since 2002 he has had his own show, broadcast every weeknight on Radio Wales between 22.00 and 1.00.

DennisONeillDennis O’Neal

Tenor

Born in Wales of Irish and Welsh parents, Dennis O’Neill is one of the world’s leading Operatic tenors and has appeared for all the leading companies of the world. He has specialised in the works of Verdi having sung twenty one of his roles to date. He was awarded the 2005 Verdi Medal by the Amici di Verdi.

LloydBurnsLloyd Burns

Former Wales international rugby union player

The former Newport Gwent Dragons and Wales international man came from nowhere to play for his country before it was all cruelly taken away as a serious heart complaint forced him into retirement.

Ceri DupreeCeri Dupree

Entertainer

Ceri has been delighting audiences
worldwide for almost 30 years. His unique talents have led him through musical theatre, pantomime, summer seasons, television and cabaret. There isn’t an audience that he hasn’t played to.

Jodi BirdJodi Bird

Singer

Jodi was a 2014 semi-finalist on Britain’s got Talent where she received an apology from Simon Cowell, a rare thing indeed. The experience for Jodi has been incredible and has since appeared all over the country.

She has worked with Trevor Eve, Eve Miles and Lorna Luft, she has appeared in many musicals in the Wales Millennium Centre and 2015 is looking very exciting. She has recently been named as a finalist in the Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer of the Year competition 2015.

Leanne WoodLeanne Wood AM

Politician

Leanne Wood AM (born 13 December 1971) is a Welsh politician and the leader of Plaid Cymru.

Born in the Rhondda, Wales, she has represented the South Wales Central region as a Member of the National Assembly for Wales since 2003. She was elected leader of Plaid Cymru on 15 March 2012. Since 2016 she has been the Leader of the Opposition at the National Assembly for Wales.

Leanne WoodChris Bryant MP

Politician

Christopher John “Chris” Bryant (born 11 January 1962) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rhondda since the 2001 general election and most recently the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.

Mark Llewelyn EvansMark Llewelyn Evans

Baritone

Mark Llewelyn Evans, known as ‘The Baritone’ is one of the UK’s most exciting classical cross-over performers appearing regularly on opera stages, concert platforms across the UK, Europe, the Far East and the USA. His rich, warm, Italianate baritone voice, acclaimed performances and charismatic blend of charm & Celtic humour mean he is very much in demand.

bigpicCllr Kate Lloyd

Politician

Kate has served as the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Cyncoed since 6th May 1999. Kate is a Governor at both Lakeside Primary School and Rhydypenau Primary School and was Cardiff’s Lord Mayor for the 2008/2009 Municipal Year.

PicMonkey-CollageJoel Williams

Politician and Reality TV star

Joel has lived in Wales all his life. In May 2015 Joel entered the Big Brother house finishing as Runner-Up after spending 10 weeks in the House. Joel has a keen interest in politics and law. Joel is proud to support the lifesaving work undertaken by Welsh Hearts and will support the charity in whatever ways he can.

Sue Charles

TV and weather presenter

Born and educated in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, she took a holiday job with Radio Wyvern. She started out on the youth programme “Street Cred,” and ended up producing and later as a stand-in Christmas news presenter.

Moving to BBC Radio 1, she became a music reporter, before moving to BBC Radio 2 in 1991, and then to BBC Radio Wales as a journalist.[3]

In 1998 Charles made the move to television as a presenter on Wales Today.[4] She joined the BBC Wales weather team in 2008, along with fellow weather presenter Behnaz Akhgar.

Chris BryantIan Gough

Rugby Player

Ian Gough is a former Wales international rugby union footballer. His usual position was lock forward