Peter Swinburn

Originally from Penywaun South Wales Peter obtained an Economics degree from the University of Wales before embarking on a career in the beer business which culminated in him being appointed CEO of Molson Coors,the third largest Beer company in the world.

Peter divides his time between the US and the UK and is a non-executive director of public, private and non-profit boards on both sides of the Atlantic covering such diverse businesses as software, fashion retail, car maintenance and repair and of course arts and culture.


Carol Bell

Carol Bell is from Felindre, near Swansea, but now divides her time between London and Cardiff.

She read Natural Sciences before joining the oil and gas industry and has been associated with that industry ever since (either in the industry itself or as an advisor to it in investment banking).

As a native Welsh speaker, she is a frequent broadcaster on this energy and other business matters.

Carol left the City at the end of 1999 and read for a PhD in the archaeology of ancient trade for four years, during which time she kept up her association with the investment and oil and gas world by serving as a member of various boards and investment committees.

Having completed her PhD and published a book, she embarked on a plural career that combines serving on the boards of both international energy companies and charities in the education and cultural sphere.

In Wales, she is a member of S4C's governing Authority, a trustee of the National Museum of Wales, a member of Cardiff University's Council, a member of the Welsh Government's Sector Panel on Energy and Environment and a member of the board of Finance Wales.

She is also an honorary fellow of Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity St David.


Geraint Anderson

Geraint is originally from Abercynon south Wales and obtained a business degree from the Polytechnic of Wales before embarking on a career in the industrial and technology sectors o global basis .This led Geraint to be CEO of Pirelli UK and thenn CEO of Pirelli Telecommunications globally based in Milan Italy .He then led the sale of Pirelli's technology business to Cisco systems in 2000. He became CEO of TT electronics plc in 2008 until 2014. Geraint has been and is a Non executive director of a number aUK Boards ,Volex plc ,Premier Farnell and Fenner plc all global manufacturing and distribution businesses. Is passion is about improving business performance and building great teams.

On returning to the UK Geraint has made his home in Penarth, with the time now to follow more closely Welsh Rugby play Golf and keep fit.


Ian Hargreaves CBE

Ian Hargreaves is Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University. Most of his career has been in journalism: roles included Deputy Editor Financial Times; Editor the Independent; Editor the New Statesman and Director of BBC News and Current Affairs.

He has a long association with the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. His current work at Cardiff University is focused upon the digital creative economy.

His most recent book is The Creative Citizen Unbound: how social media contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy. (Policy Press, 2016).

Ian lives, with his family, in Penarth. He is also a board member at National Theatre Wales and the Alacrity Foundation.

He has played advisory roles to the governments of Wales and the UK and to the European Commission and the EU Intellectual Property Office.

He is Senior Fellow to the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank; and a member of the creative economy advisory board of Nesta, the UK innovation charity.


Mererid Hopwood

Mererid is Cardiff born and bred and has strong family connections in Pembrokeshire. Home however has been Carmarthen for many years.

She studied Modern Languages in Aberystwyth and has a PhD in German Literature from University College London. She lectured at Swansea University before leaving to lead the Arts Council of Wales' team in Mid and West Wales.

She returned to education and is now Professor in the Faculty of Education and Communities, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

She has won the Chair and Crown for poetry at the National Eisteddfod as well as the National Prose Medal. In 2005 she was Bardd Plant Cymru (Children's Laureate for Wales), and in 2011 won the Glyndwr Prize for her contribution to literature in Wales.

She has presented television and radio programmes and has published books both for children and adults.

She is a board member of Gorsedd y Beirdd and Cymdeithas y Cymod, a fellow of Literature Wales and The Learned Society of Wales and honorary president of Cymdeithas Waldo.


Fiona Morris

Fiona Morris is Chief Executive and Creative Director of The Space - a commissioning and development organisation, founded by the BBC and Arts Council England.

The Space’s mission is to develop and commission great art digitally. It supports artists and organisations to make the most of the opportunity that technology affords by increasing the reach of existing activity in innovative ways, by opening up art to new audiences and by exploring the potential to create new artistic experiences using digital technology.

She joined the Space in January 2016 after 3 years as head of arts and performance at Leopard Films UK.

Having previously worked at BBC Wales, she continues to produce programmes for the BBC.

Fiona was the executive producer on the award-winning documentary on Michael Sheen's Port Talbot Passion - as well as productions for Channel 4, Sky, broadcasters worldwide and in partnership with DVD and digital companies.

She has produced a wide variety of award-winning films, including performance, documentary and entertainment programmes that have received Emmy, Grammy and BAFTA awards.

Fiona is also a founding board member of the 'climate is culture' charity, Cape Farewell.


Lizz Munday

Lizz Munday is from Porthcawl, near Swansea but spends most of her time in London or supporting international governments in fragile and developing countries such as Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
She is a focused leader with highly crafted ingenuity in managing complex situations with the ability to revitalise distressed, stagnant companies yielding exceptional outcomes. Lizz is a highly motivated and performance focused CEO with over 25 years of international and UK experience managing and leading complex service organisations. She has held high profile senior operational and executive roles within Private, Public, Defence, Construction, Government, and Not-for-profit sectors. She is currently Chief Commercial Officer for an international development organization with offices in over 100 countries.


Michelle Pearce-Burke

Michelle is from the Island of Guernsey, but moved to Cardiff in 2015 to co-found her business, Wealthify, an Online Investment Service, where she is currently Chief Investment Officer. Prior to moving to Cardiff, Michelle studied Medicine at the University of Edinburgh before opting for a career change as she moved into financial services, qualifying as a Charter Wealth Manager.


Bleddyn Phillips

Bleddyn Phillips is a senior partner and Global Head of the Oil and Gas Practice at the law firm Clifford Chance.

His formative years were spent in South West Wales hailing originally from Llanelli and being brought up in Pembrokeshire.

His later education and career have seen him based largely in the London area – although he has worked and lived in a number of places overseas, most recently in Moscow and before that in Paris, Singapore and San Francisco.

Like many of his fellow Welshman he is a keen supporter of music and cultural activities as well as the oval shaped ball being Chairman of London Welsh RFC as well as a Director of Llanelli Scarlets. Bleddyn is also a Welsh speaker and, though still living in London, visits Wales and his roots regularly.


Rita Singh

Rita Singh is Director of Size of Wales, a climate change charity, working to protect tropical forests ‘the size of Wales’ through a programme of climate action, education, awareness raising and inspiring campaigns.

Rita is a qualified engineer with her first degree from Cardiff University, and an MPhil from Cambridge University.

She has twenty years’ experience working within the private, public and third sectors on sustainability issues, bringing a wealth of experience on policy development and implementation.

This includes working for an industry body as an Environment Director representing the interests of manufacturers and suppliers on environmental & climate change issues; working within Greater London Authority’s sustainability team on, among others, the London Leaders’ programme; establishing Community Energy Wales; and helping to bring into law the ground breaking Well-being of Fututre Generations Act.

This Act for the first time defines four pillars of sustainability - economic, environment, social and cultural.

Rita sits on the Board of Fair Trade Wales and Common Cause Foundation, is an alumna of the Prince of Wales' Business and Sustainability Programme, and a Fellow of the British American Project.