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Dr Bernedette Fuge - ChairDr Bernadette Fuge, OBE – Chair

Bernadette was born and educated in Flintshire. She is a graduate of the Welsh National School of Medicine and worked as a community paediatrician and partner in a Cardiff GP practice before joining the Welsh Office in 1990. Following devolution she held the positions of Principal Medical Officer, Head of NHS Quality and was the first Medical Director of NHS Wales in the National Assembly.

She retired in 2005 and became a trustee of Age Concern Cymru. Following the merger of Age Concern Cymru and Help the Aged in 2009 she was appointed as Chair of Age Cymru. She is also a trustee of Age UK and Chair of the Dementia Supportive Communities expert group in the Ageing Well in Wales programme. Bernadette was awarded the OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours. 

Meirion HughesMeirion Hughes - Deputy Chair

Meirion is a former Director of Social Services and Acting Chief Executive in Denbighshire with over thirty years of service within local government.  Following his retirement in 2002 he became Chair of the Denbighshire Local Health Board where he remained until 2007. He also served as Chair of the Welsh NHS Confederation, and Trustee of the UK wide NHS Confederation. More recently he was a member of the Welsh Assembly Review of Vulnerable Children in 2006; chaired the Project Board to establish the Hywel Dda NHS Trust in south west Wales in 2008; and a member of the Independent Review Panel of Continuing Health Care which reported to Welsh Assembly Government Ministers in May 2009. More recently he has acted as Independent Chair of public consultation meetings convened by BCUHB and by Denbighshire County Council. Meirion, whose first language is Welsh, lives in Denbighshire.

Sian CallaghanSian Callaghan

Sian was born and brought up in Cardiff. Now semi retired, she worked for many years in the fields of marketing, public affairs, public relations and media relations. Sian spent almost twenty years with Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas. Much of her professional life has been focussed on developing communications programmes designed to enhance reputation in complex, highly regulated organisations. She has also worked as a senior civil servant at the Office for National Statistics, and in the third and public sectors, and is a former committee member of Shelter Cymru and a Cardiff based housing association.

Sian is currently a Wales Committee member for the Big Lottery Fund, and also sits on their UK funding committee. She is passionate about good governance and is very interested ensuring the third sector in Wales is as effective as possible.

Pam DoddPam Dodd

In 1994 as Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Ty Hafan – Children’s hospice in Wales, she was instrumental in the growth and development of the organisation. In her present role as Wales National Director at the Institute of Fundraising Cymru her work takes her Wales wide ensuring there is support and good practice available for fundraising organisations and charities. Pam has spoken on various fundraising issues at conferences and events and is continuing to learn Welsh which she has learnt as an adult. Pam has a special interest in Fundraising. Although her career began as a research laboratory technician she developed an interest in the third sector when fundraising for local schools and projects within the community.

Peter JW Hamilton

Peter JW Hamilton

Born in Scotland Peter joined the Royal Air Force and following a distinguished career joined the Financial Services sector in London. In 1999 Peter set up his own business in Head Hunting and Corporate Search in London. The business was sold in 2008 when Peter moved to Wales and appointed as Head of Fundraising and Strategic Planning at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Peter is also an international panel consultant for Gerson Lehrman Group Research Inc and a senior member of the Marketing Society of Great Britain and the Royal and Commonwealth Society. Peter was Chairman of Talking Newspapers for the Blind and Vice Chair of Careers Springboard. Also past President of Cefn Sidan Rotary Club, currently Assistant Governor for Rotary International in Wales and an active volunteer at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Hugh IrwinHugh Irwin

Hugh was born in Northern Ireland and moved to Wales in 1994 where he completed a social work degree. Hugh has worked in the health/social care/supported housing sectors for several years working initially at the service delivery level before moving to senior and strategic roles. He currently heads up the specialist housing and support arm of United Welsh Housing Association (called Thrive). He has experience of working with a wide range of service user groups including older people with frailty challenges, disabled adults, people with substance dependencies, people with mental health problems and homeless people. Hugh has a long track record of working successfully on a cross sector level to develop new and remodel existing services as well as influencing policy direction locally and nationally. Hugh has written and presented evidence to the Welsh Government on areas that relate to the care and accommodation requirements of older people and previously sat on a cross party working group on dementia. Hugh was formerly a trustee of Cymorth Cymru. He is currently a trustee of Drive – an organisation for people with learning disabilities. Hugh’s passions include music and sport. He lives in Taffs Well with his wife and three children.

Lyn JamesLyn James

Lyn lives in Chepstow and he is a Chartered Public Accountant.  He recently retired after some 46 years, full time and part time service in local government around the Severnside area. Lyn’s former posts include Treasurer of South Wales Police Authority, County Treasurer of Mid Glamorgan County Council, Deputy County Treasurer of Avon County Council in Bristol and Deputy Chief Executive of Bridgend Unitary Authority. For some years he was a Council Member of the Accountancy Institute, Chair of the Local Government Policy Committee and a participant in national local government funding groups. Lyn is currently Treasurer and a Trustee of Age Cymru Gwent. Photography and travel are his passions and he is kept increasingly busy with his four grandchildren.

Owen was raised in Cardiff and studied law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is a solicitor and associate at Cardiff-based law firm Darwin Gray LLP, specialising in employment law. A fluent Welsh speaker, he regularly appears on national television and radio in both English and Welsh, as well as in the written press, commenting on aspects of employment law and HR. Owen is also registered with the Football Association of Wales to act as an agent for football players in the UK and abroad. In March 2015, Owen founded the website, a first-of-its kind Welsh language legal service. He also sits on the board of a Cardiff-based housing association.
Owen enjoys playing and watching sport, particularly football and cycling, and has, in the past few years, run the Snowdonia, Paris and Dublin marathons.


Keith JonesKeith Jones

Keith was born and educated in South East Wales before gaining a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. He has experience of working in tourism, housing, and learning and development. He is a former CEO of a charity supporting older people, a former Non-Executive Director in NHS England, and is currently a Trustee of two charities in Wales.

Keith has been a Non-Executive Director of Age Cymru Retail Ltd since 2014.

Desmond PerkinsDesmond Perkins

Extensive experience of Chairing many organisations and well informed on matters relating to public bodies. A founder member and former Chairman of Newydd Housing Association. Member of the Vale of Glamorgan Community Health Council for 8 years and Chairman for 2 years. Also Chairman of Welsh Association of Community Health Councils.

For 20 years Desmond represented Wales as a lay member of General Optical Council U.K. Whilst there at times chaired their Disciplinary Committee. Initiated an Internal Audit Committee and member of their Finance and Admin Committee.

Supporter of Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern and active in resolving and campaigning on numerous issues. Desmond is currently the elected Chair of Age Cymru’s Consultative Forum.

Hilary WisemanHilary Wiseman

Hilary was until her retirement, Head of Diversity UK and Europe for HSBC Bank plc. She then set up a management consultancy. She was a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with an MSc from the University of Portsmouth. She is a JP and a former Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve and was awarded the Reserve Decoration.

A keen scuba diver, Hilary lives in Mold, Flintshire.

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