Brian Meechan is an award winning business journalist who appears regularly on BBC Wales' flagship news programme, 'Wales Today' as business correspondent. Brian also presents the weekly BBC Radio programme 'Wales at Work'.
Brian was previously a political reporter with BBC Wales and has presented many TV programmes and has also reported on BBC Breakfast, the News Channel, Radio 4 and 5Live. Brian previously worked at ITN, where he covered major stories including the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Brian has also reported on BBC Breakfast, the News Channel, Radio 4 and 5Live. Brian previously worked at ITN, where he covered major stories including the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Composer, singer, script writer, the multi-talented Caryl Parry Jones is one of Wales' foremost all round entertainers.
Caryl's solo singing and television careers began in the 80s. She became a presenter of children's programmes and soon became a firm favourite with the Welsh public. Caryl still has her own show and is also a regular on various tv and radio programmes.
Caryl appears regularly in gigs where she performs her own material as well as arrangements of more familiar songs and mixes the music with her own brand of comedy - from large scale concerts to house gigs - and always to an enthusiastic and warm reception. Caryl is also in demand as an after dinner speaker, host and adjudicator
Lucy Owen is one of the most famililar faces on Welsh television with more than 20 years broadcasting experience. She presents BBC Wales’ flagship news programme ‘Wales Today’ and he popular consumer programme ‘X-Ray’. She also presents on BBC Radio Wales.
Lucy has devised and presented a number of documentaries in recent years – ‘Working Mum’ ‘My Big School Dilemma’ and ‘Middle Aged Me’.
Lucy has written an engaging children’s picture book ‘Boo-a-bog in the Park’ and, as an ambassador for the Noah’s Ark Charity, she is donating profits to help raise money for The Children’s Hospital for Wales. Her next book for children ‘The Sea House’ will be published next year.
Simon Jagger and Chris Woody have known each other since they were children growing up in Oldham. Early in 2010 the pair started with Real Radio Wales, based in Cardiff, where they hosted The Real Breakfast Show with Jagger and Woody pulling in an audience of nearly four hundred thousand. They are now attracting an audience of over 500,000 on what is now ‘Heart’ and have formed a wonderful relationship with their listeners.
Jagger and Woody have great interactional personalities and are much in demand to host events all over Wales. Their special brand of humour is appreciated by organisers and audience alike. They also make first class, entertaining speakers.
Stuart Davies was invited to play for Swansea whilst still a shoolboy. Stuart captained Swansea to the Welsh championship in 1993 and together with winning the Welsh Cup in 1995, made Swansea the most successful Welsh club of the 90's. Playing seventeen times for Wales Stuart eventually had to retire due to a neck injury at the grand old age of 32!
Stuart subsequently moved into television and is now a permanent member of the BBC Wales' ScrumV team as both a pundit and pitch-side reporter.
Oxford Law graduate Felicity Evans is a journalist and broadcaster with nearly twenty years’ experience and currently presents Open Country on BBC Radio 4 along with Good Morning Wales and Eye on Wales on BBC Radio Wales. With regular shows on TV and Radio Felicity Evans also has extensive experience of hosting cultural, business and political events for a wide variety of organisations.
Playing for Llanelli over 400 times Phil Davies is one of the most successful Welsh Rugby players of his generation. Over the course of his career, Phil played for Wales 46 times and captained his country in 1989. Throughout an impressive playing career, Phil, collected many awards and accolades for both his illustrious side and indeed himself.
Following a highly successful playing career, Phil moved into coaching and managing within the professional game and has been equally as impressive both as a Coach and as Director of Rugby.
Away from his rugby duties Phil is a regular after-dinner and motivational speaker at both sporting and corporate events.
Former Welsh international rugby union player Dafydd James earnt forty eight caps playing for Wales and three caps for the British and Irish Lions.
Dafydd James is a qualified strength and conditioning coach and has extensive knowledge in planning bespoke programmes tailored to suite any requirement with great results. Eating healthily and a nutritious diet is a fundamental part of a positive lifestyle. Dafydd knows how to fuel the body to succeed not only in sport but also in Business.
Dafydd is in great demand as a motivational speaker drawing on his experiences in rugby and fitness related topics.
Ross Harries has gone from presenter and reporter on Wales' most watched news programme (BBC Wales Today) to presenter of Scrum V Live and the Sunday evening magazine show.
Ross is the face of the BBCs rugby coverage and can be seen regularly on BBCs Six Nations both as a presenter and pith side reporter.
Lord Dafydd Wigley is a fluent English and Welsh speaker. With a wide and extremely impressive career, since he graduated from Manchester University Dafydd Wigley is a commanding and extremely interesting speaker on a wide range of subjects.
Amongst his many accolades Dafydd Wigley was appointed MP for Caernarfon, serving for over twenty-five years. Dafydd has also had six books published which include several autobiographies.
Hollywood Star Christian Bale, born in Carmarthenshire 15th February 1974
Jay James, the brilliant Welsh singer who did so well in the recent XFactor competition and who was a firm favourite of Simon Colwell, has taken time out of his busy schedule to appoint us his Welsh agents.
Jay Jamesis a Welsh recording artist in the process of creating album 2 Stateside in LA. Incredibly patriotic Jay James has returned to Wales for the birth of his daughter.
After joining the Royal Navy at the tender age of 16 Jay James had never sung or played a note in his life until six years ago. Today, Bill Withers, Booker T Jones, Justin Timberlake and John Legend are among the many admirers of his uniquely soulful voice. A voice that was discovered entirely by chance.
Max Boyce is the personification of Wales and what it means to be Welsh. His passion-fuelled lyrics, as relevant as they are witty, are the anthem of our nation." Gareth Evans, Columnist, Western Mail
Having celebrated his landmark 70th birthday Max Boyce, the man from Glynneath, is as popular as ever, selling out at recent tours. Max's humour and music have both diversity and breadth and his popularity extends far and wide. Max Boyce filled the Sydney Opera House in 2003.
With a vast range of presenting credits to his name Dr Rhys Jones is best known for his hit BBC Television series 'Rhys to the Rescue' and 'Rhys Jones's Wildlife Patrol' for which Rhys achieved a BAFTA nomination.
Rhys holds a BSc in Zoology and Genetics, an MPhil in Medical Molecular Entomology and a PhD in Genetics, Phylogeography, Parasitology and Herpetology. Rhys holds the position of lecturer at Cardiff University where he lectures in various topics including Wolf Ecology, Reptile Mitigation and Cardiff's flagship Animal Diversity module.
An accomplished pianist and violinist, Welsh speaking, Gethin Jones is a multi-talented TV presenter with a background in economics, music and sport. He is best known for his time on Blue Peter, and as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.
Connie Fisher landed on our screens in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?'. After winning the part, and the public's affection, Connie had a fifteen month in London's West End, followed by a sell out UK tour.
Rhydian Roberts stormed into the national consciousness with his show-stopping performances on the fourth series of The X Factor. His powerful baritone voice, striking good looks and thrilling stage presence made him an instant hit with the judges and television audience, whose votes ensured his place in the final.
The show launched his career, with a recording contract, his first album and numerous live appearances, followed by a nationwide tour. But the self-confident Rhydian took it all in his stride, not least because singing was once his second love - after sport.
Only Men Aloud! rocketed to stardom following their success on the BBC's television contest Last Choir Standing.
Their second album, Band of Brothers, went straight to number one in the UK Classical Charts and won Album of the Year at the Classical Brits. It features new interpretations of modern classics such as Queen's 'Somebody to Love' and Welsh traditional anthems including 'Land of Our Fathers' and 'Blaenwern'.
Very much in demand as an adviser, mentor and mental skills performance coach to high performing individuals from many walks of life. Andy's work has been described as 'cutting edge' (Daily Telegraph, 2009) and he is regularly featured in the national press and on TV and radio. Andy is working closely with Sports Coach UK on a range of High Performance Projects and is contributing to the Inspire and Aspire programmes for coaches and athletes with a realistic podium place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Born in Llangefri, Anglesey, Hywel Gwynfryn is a very happy self- confessed workacholic. He is one of the main presenters of BBC Radio Cymru.
Wynne Evans (Mr Go Compare) is one of the UK's leading tenors, with worldwide fame. Wynne has performed as a principal with all of the major opera houses and orchestras, including Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera and English National Opera. Wynne Evans was born in Carmarthen, South Wales and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the National Opera Studio, London. Wynne is also a brilliant after-dinner speaker and puts so much into preparing for a speaking engagement that he cannot fail to please his audience.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain's most successful Paralympic athlete ever!
Born in Cardiff in 1969, Tanni was named Carys Davina. However, when her sister first saw her she called her "tiny" which stuck and became Tanni. Tanni was born with spina bifida but with the support of her parents she was always encouraged to be independent. Tanni attended her local primary school – at first using crutches and callipers and then a wheelchair. Tanni progressed to St. Cyres Comprehensive School and subsequently obtained an honours degree in Politics at Loughborough University.
Sean Fletcher is a sport presenter on Sky television. Sean's story is one of seizing opportunities, from when he got his initial break on BBC Wales, to doing the 10 O'Clock News alongside Moira Stewart at short notice because the regular sport presenter was suddenly taken ill.
Hugely popular and high profile in Wales, Sarra Elgan is one of the most talented, professional and attractive presenters around.
Sarra Elgan is currently the pitch-side reporter for Clwb Rygbi on S4C. She is also the presenter for Speedway on Sky Sports, Rugby World Cup and Celtic League Rugby for S4C/BBC. A lover of all sport and music, Sarra was the presenter for Wakestock 2008 shown on both S4C and Channel 4. Most recently Sarra could be seen presenting 100% Rugby, 100% Fitness, Paparazzi and Bandit, a prime-time weekly youth music show plus Ceri Greu which is a children's art programme all for S4C.
After working for many years at the BBC in Cardiff, both on air and off, Ruth Hambley took the plunge last year and set up her own interior design/decorating business. She had, for many years, been steadily building a reputation for her fantastic designs in both fashion and interiors. She was so much in demand that she knew she had to make the choice. Giving up her safe and exciting position with the BBC was something she thought long and hard about, knowing she would miss the excitement of live broadcasting.
Ruth, the daughter of a Baptist Minister, was always particularly keen on environmental issues but, motherhood made her even more aware of our 'carbon footprint' and the reality of climate change. More and more clients had been really interested in using the Eco-friendly products Ruth would promote. It was no accident, therefore, that when Ruth finally decided to leave the BBC and set up her business, it was on the premise that only the safest of products would be used. 'Pink Hat' was incepted in early 2006.
Rory Cellan-Jones has been a reporter for the BBC for more than two decades, covering business and technology stories for much of that time.
Rory's on-screen career began as reporter for 'Wales Today' in Cardiff, from where he moved to London as a reporter on 'Breakfast Time'. Rory quickly transferred to business coverage, working across the BBC's output from the 'Money Programme' to 'Newsnight', from the 'Today' programme to the 'Ten O Clock News'. The stories he has covered range from Black Wednesday and the Maxwell trial to the dot com bubble and the rise of Google.
Rory has hosted many 'high profile' events throughout the UK and is always extremely well received. Rory is also much in demand as an after dinner speaker.
Phil Bennett: Llanelli RFC. Wales. British Lions & Barbarians
When asked to describe Phil Bennett, one rugby author wrote: "There is a word in Spanish which is used when other superlatives are deemed inadequate - 'Duendne'. It has no equivalent in English or Welsh but it accurately describes that doyen of Welsh Rugby, Phil Bennett. Phil was a rugby player whose talents defy definition; a mercurial mix of the impressive, the unexpected and dare I say, the superhuman!"
Multi-talented Mike Doyle excels at everything he does. His television performances always command top viewing figures and he is one of Wales' favourite radio presenters.
Mike is a West End singer and award winning comic who leaves his audiences spellbound after his many appearances all over the world. He rarely leaves the stage without a standing ovation. Mike won the 'Stage Comedy Newcomer of the Year' at the British Comedy Awards in 1990 and he has been thrilling audiences worldwide with his brilliant performances ever since.
Kevin Green is one of the most sought after speakers – not only in Wales but throughout the world. A former dairy farmer turned property mogul and trainer, Kevin was on Channel 4's Secret Millionaires. He is Wales' most successful residential landlord. When you meet him and hear his fascinating story, not only will you be bowled over by his knowledge and enthusiasm for life and the property industry but you will find his 'rags to riches' story rather larger than life. Kevin, a property guru, social entrepreneur and trainer is the proud owner of 267 properties throughout Wales, worth in excess of £29 million.
Jonathan HIll has been the main news anchor for ITV Wales for more than a decade and is a very familiar face for Welsh viewers. With over fifteen years of broadcasting experience he is a highly accomplished live performer both in the studio and on location.
Jonathan is also an award winning journalist and in 2001 he was named Welsh Journalist of the Year for his work with the flagship news programme 'Wales Tonight' and the current affairs series 'Wales This Week'.
Dr Paul Thomas is one of those rare speakers and academics who are placed not only at the cutting edge knowledge and company development but has spent many years managing companies in both private and public services. Dr Paul Thomas has also spent many months/years overseas consulting in India, China, Malaysia, Pakistan and parts of Europe, gaining significant experience in development and implementation of leadership within varying cultural environments. Paul did several series with BBC Wales radio and television as ‘the Business Doctor’.
Without a doubt one of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced, Colin Jackson called time on his outstanding athletics career in front of an adoring home crowd at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 2003. After more than a decade spent at the very pinnacle of his sport, it was a fitting end to a glittering career.
110m hurdler Colin ranked in the world top 10 for 16 years, was World No.1 from 1992-1994 and, for the last 7 years of his career, was never out of the world's top 3 and since setting a European junior record of 13.44 in 1986, went on to set 7 European, 8 Commonwealth and 9 UK records at 110mh. Colin Jackson still holds the World Record over 60mh indoors (7.30, Sindelfingen 1994) and, has only recently been robbed of his 13years World Record over 110mh outdoors (12.91, World Title, Stuttgart 1993).
Born in Llwynypia, Rhondda, Carolyn Hitt read English at Oxford University. After training on the Neath Guardian and Merthyr Express, Carolyn joined The Western Mail in 1992 and progressed to Features Editor, winning Welsh Feature Writer of the Year in 1998. That same year Carolyn switched to broadcasting, joining the independent television and radio company Presentable Ltd. In 2012 she co-founded the all-woman production company Parasol Media Ltd.
Behnaz Akhgar has become household name since 2008 when she started presenting the weather for BBC Wales. Behnaz can been seen or heard daily talking about the ever changing weather we have here in Wales.
Born in Shiraz, Iran, Behnaz Akhgar moved to Swansea round her tenth birthday. Behnaz gained a BA Hons in Communication Studies and a Post graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism.
Behnaz Akhgar initially joined the BBC in 2001 working behind the scenes in News and then went on to become a picture editor and a video journalist, where she produced various stories on Wales Today. Now, of course, Behnaz is a much loved weather presenter on BBC Wales.
Bubbly Behnaz Akhgar is constantly in demand to speak at or host events and is also much in demand to be 'face of' various projects.
Highly popular television presenter, Arfon Haines Davies has been one of ITV Wales’ main presenters for over 30 years, being HTV’s main news anchor for many years. Arfon has also presented Quizzes; Documentaries; Concerts; and Sports programmes and can currently be seen on the long running archive series "Never to be Forgotten".
Arfon is equally at ease with English or Welsh broadcasting and has presented many Welsh language programmes on S4C including ‘Pacio’; ‘Penblwydd Hapus’; ‘Cledrau Coll’ and, most recently, ‘Pws’.
Broadcaster and journalist Jamie Owen anchors the country's most watched TV News programme BBC Wales Today. Jamie has fronted the corporation's high profile Election Campaigns, Referedums, Royal visits and breaking news stories for twenty years. He has anchored coverage of the NATO Summit, The Olympic Torch Ceremony and The Ryder Cup.
Jamie also presents his own talk show for BBC Radio Wales broadcast on Sunday mornings.
As a documentary maker Jamie's recent work includes FAT v CARBS, and DO I DRINK TOO MUCH? seen on BBC World and the BBC News Channel, and also LANDROVER - the Great Welsh Idea - and THE ROLLS ROYCE GARAGE OF SNOWDONIA.
Jamie has worked extensively overseas for BBC World Service Trust, BBC Media Action advising television news stations in Libya, Egypt, Jordan and most recently Berlin.
Derek Brockway is Welsh born and bred and his interest in the weather began as a young boy growing up in Barry during the long, hot summer of 1976. When he left school Derek joined the Met Office, based mainly at Cardiff Weather Centre but with spells observing the weather at Cardiff Airport, Birmingham Airport and eight months in the Falkland Islands. Derek qualified as a forecaster in 1995 and was posted to Birmingham Weather Centre, broadcasting on several BBC Radio stations across the Midlands.
In December 1995 Derek moved to London and worked in the world of television preparing the ITV National Weather and Channel 4 weather. Derek has also broadcast on GMTV's 'The Sunday Programme'. Derek is the main weather presenter on BBC Wales television and radio.
Vivacious television presenter, Claire Summers, is a familiar face on BBC Wales' flagship news programme, 'BBC Wales Today' being the main sports presenter. Claire enjoys a much varied role on the programme from anchoring the main slot to doing a whole range of live broadcasts from out and about. Claire also presents 2W news and sport. With her easy going personality and highly tuned sense of humour, Claire is extremely popular with viewers and colleagues alike. Claire Summers is passionate about news, and enjoys the challenge of a hard story but, at the same time, has a lighter touch. Claire has anchored 'Wales Today' from the National Eisteddfod for several years. and also delighted viewers and visitors to the Royal Welsh Show. Claire had been asked to enter a Heifer in the main ring and, although she found it a bit of a challenge, she did turn up trumps.
Beverley Humphreys' voice has been described as "melting dark chocolate". Beverley has a portfolio career as broadcaster, writer, singer and speaker – both entertaining and inspirational. Beverley Humphrys' has been a presenter at BBC Wales both tv and radio for many years. As High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Beverley has officiated and delivered motivational speeches at a variety of events from Citizenship Ceremonies, Police and Young People's Awards to WI meetings and Voluntary Action Groups.
Andrew Price is a survival and bushcraft expert who presents his own programme on ITV called ‘Coast and Country’. This is his third year of presenting the programme which brings in very high viewing figures and he has 24 programmes a year. The programme sees Andrew travelling the length and breadth of the UK exploring the coast and countryside. We can now announce ‘Coast and Country’ has been commissioned, once again, for 2017.
Andrew is considered a leading expert on survival and bushcraft skills and has also appeared on numerous tv programmes, across all channels ITV, BBC and worldwide TV in this capacity. Andrew also presents an on-line survival and bushcraft series which has fans all over the world. Andrew has his successful bushcraft and survival company called ‘Dryad’ which he started when he was just 20. He teaches survival skills across the generations and works closely with under-privileged young people to increase their skills and build up their confidence. He has a great interactional personality and appeals across the age range.
Andrew is an extremely interesting speaker who covers several genres – inspirational/ motivational/business/leadership/team building.
Louise Elliott is a versatile presenter, bringing warmth and energy to her radio and television shows. With an honest and friendly approach, Louise has presented a wide range of live lifestyle, current affairs and consumer programmes. She is an accomplished interviewer, at ease in the company of politicians, professionals, celebrities and particularly the audience. 2012 saw Louise being offered the afternoon slot on BBC Radio Wales that Roy Noble has had for many years.
Rebecca John is a popular and experienced reporter and presenter on the television news programme, BBC Wales Today. Rebecca has a passion for languages and studied French and German at Cambridge University. She has also learnt Welsh and has appeared on the S4C programme, Welsh in a Week. Rebecca's love of language and attention to detail have earned her the title of Wales Today's unofficial 'grammar tsar'.
Chris Corcoran is a highly popular stand-up comic, writer and BBC radio and television presenter. Chris' most recent television series for BBC is 'Wales and the Other Five Nations' where he takes a fun look at the Six Nations it's characters and greatest moments. Chris interviewed Martin Johnson; puts Eddie Butler on the spot; asks Iuean Evans about his mud-moustache; mows the lawn of the Millennium Stadium and, finally, has the excuse to dress up as a valley girl - although, in truth, he didn't need much persuading.