Forensic Scientist Abi Carter runs her own successful company offering a range of expert witness services to legal teams throughout the UK. Working mainly with defence solicitors and private investigators within the fields of criminal investigation. She has dealt with many high profile cases, including Ralph Moat.

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.

Behnaz Akhgar has become household name since 2008 when she started presenting the weather for BBC WalesBehnaz 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.

Beverley Humphreys' voice has been described as "melting dark chocolate".  Beverley has a portfolio career as broadcaster, writer, singer and speaker – both entertaining and inspirationalBeverley 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.

Carla made her debut under the direction of the renowned Director Jonathan Miller and has sung as a Soloist and Ensemble member in “Opera”. She has performed Oratorio, Concert with some of the leading Orchestras and Choirs, the Halle Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the RTE Symphony Orchestra included; she has worked with the ROH, ENO, Raymond Gubbay Opera, Opera Northern Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera, Broomhill Opera, London City Opera, Holland Park Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera on a Shoestring, European Chamber Opera, First Act Opera and over the last nine years with the Carl Rosa Opera company touring America, Canada, Italy and the UK.

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.

 

Described in a review by The Stage newspaper as; 'A Young Barbara Streisand!' Carrie has always showed a love for performing and entertaining.  At just 4ft 11' she is affectionately known as 'the little lady with the big voice!'

Having studyed at the prestigious 'Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre' in London Carrie Morgan then went on to perform for Academy Award Winning Lyricist Don Black and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in their award winning show 'Tell Me on a Sunday'.

Amongst her performing credits Carrie has toured the UK and Ireland with 'Masters Of The Musicals' and was honoured to be chosen to take part in BBC Radio 2's 'Voice Of Musical Theatre'.

Carrie can frequently be found travelling the world working for many of the top luxury Cruise Lines, performing her own Headline Cabaret shows "On with the Show" and "One Night Only".

 

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

Christina Modestou made her West End debut in as the Killer Queen in We Will Rock You, having graduated from a three-year BA (Hons.) in Musical Theatre at Arts Educational Schools. Christina grew up in Wales and before going to drama school, created the role of I in BBC Wales' long-running drama Belonging and appeared in the film Love Actually with Hugh Grant.

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.

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.

Deborah Rees, who is in her 40s was born in Swansea.  She has a natural Welsh accent with excellent pronunciation skills.  Deborah has been an active member of Swansea Little Theatre Company for the last fourteen years, gaining a vast breadth of experience in both acting and directing.

Barbara Wilding started her career in the police force as a constable. Barbara served as an operational detective and on a specialist units in New Scotland Yard.  Barbara rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief Constable in Kent and Chief Constable of South Wales Police.  The police force was an extremely male dominated profession at this time and Barbara is a true inspiration.  Barbara Wilding has also been appointed Lord Lieutenant.

Elin Rhys is a graduate in biochemistry and began her career as a scientist in the water industry where she worked for five years. She joined HTV Wales in 1984 as a freelance journalist on science magazine programmes. She continued with HTV for 5 years working on science, health and environment features until 1990, when she became a regular freelance presenter for the school's science department in BBC Schools in London. During her time in London she also presented a magazine series taking a serious look at adult education for the BBC, 'The Education Programme'. Returning to Wales in 1992 she presented live magazine programmes in the Welsh language for S4C and several outdoor pursuit series and documentaries for S4C and BBC Wales, before establishing her own company in Wales.

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.

Frances was born in Cardiff and attended University there. Her career in broadcasting started in radio - at 210FM in Reading and Severn Sound in Gloucester. She went from there to HTV West before going on to Meridian TV, ITN and Sky News. This lead to her working on Sky Sports and News 24 Sport. She has reported from a number of Six Nations OB's for BBC Network Sport and has also presented from the Commonwealth Games for BBC Wales.

Frances is a familiar and popular host to viewers and listeners throughout Wales and beyond. She's a much respected anchor of sports programming including 'Wales on Saturday', 'Sports Personality of the Year', 'International Snooker', 'Bowls' and 'Boxing' all for BBC television.

Gwenyth trained at Rose Bruford in London and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She was a member of the BBC Repertory Company and was quickly immersed in all the classics from Ibsen to Shakespeare and the Welsh classics such as Saunders Lewis.

Early work such as David Jones's 'In Parenthesis' for the Third programme included, importantly, two parts in the original Douglas Cleverdon production of Dylan Thomas's 'Under Milk Wood' with Richard Burton. Gwenyth went on to perform Under Milk Wood with the cast at the Globe Theatre in London.

Helen Massey studied at the Royal College, Royal Academy of Music as well as with Dennis O'Neill at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice. As well as Helen's concert performances her operatic roles include Blonde in Die Entführung, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff and Adele in Die Fledermaus which she has performed for many of the UK's opera companies.

Jayne Case is BBC Wales' longest serving newsreader. She began her BBC career in Personnel, and then moved to Sport production, finally ending up in the Newsroom where she has read the news bulletins for the last twenty one years. Known to thousands as the face of Breakfast Television, Jayne has regularly stepped in for main presenters, Jamie Owen and Sara Edwards reading the BBC's flagship programme "Wales Today".

As well as her work spanning two decades with Television News, Jayne is a highly popular after dinner speaker and her speech entitled "A Day in the life of a Newsreader" is much acclaimed.

Jessica graduated from Mountview Academy in 2001. Since that time she has worked in theatre and television all over the country but has always stayed close to her Welsh roots. She has appeared for Hi-Jinx, Equinox, tour de force, Gwent, Steel Wasps, Frank Vickery's Grassroots company and Fluellen Theatre in a number of productions but, most importantly playing Nora in A Doll's House and Doris Day in a highly successful one-person musical called Being Doris Day.

On television, she has worked for both the BBC and ITV, most notably in the hit series, Nuts and Bolts.

Katie has always been a 'performer' and, as a six year old 'drama queen', she had the lead role in the school play, 'Alice in Wonderland'. Her first performance in high school was when she won the school talent competition singing Eva Cassidy's 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. Katie also took part in the school production of 'High School Musical'. Since year nine Katie has really been interested in all aspects of performing arts. She has a passion for acting and, having such a good singing voice, means a lot more possibilities are available to her as a performer.

From the minute Kristina Grimes hit our screens during the first episode of 'The Apprentice', the nation were left in no doubt that she was a force to be reckoned with.

Kristinawas, without doubt, the people's favourite. She excelled at every task undertaken and displayed a steel-like determination to succeed. Her outstanding business attributes were evident week after week and, unlike many of the other competitors, stayed clear of the back-biting that they appeared to thrive on. The viewing public were shocked when, during the final episode, Sir Alan Sugar did not choose her as the winner. Kristina, as always, accepted defeat with utter dignity, further endearing her to the massive 'Apprentice' audience.

Lorraine King is a brilliant singer/songwriter who has had great success with her recordings. With superb hard-hitting production and lyrics that tackle issues, her unique style of humour and gutsy vocals are a powerful combination. Lorraine has devised a one woman show especially catering for cabaret style performances at theatres and in function suites, bringing an extra dimension to after dinner entertainment. Another element to this huge talent is her comedy routine ‘Polly Pardon’ – a send-up of well known Country and Western singers.

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.

Born and bred in Gowerton, Swansea, Lowri Morgan graduated in Music - specialising in voice. She is an accomplished soloist as well as being a trained violinist and pianist. During her youth, she was a member of the National Youth Choir as well as the National Youth Orchestra and travelled with the county orchestra as their soloist singing Welsh folk songs throughout America.

Lowri Morgan is a BAFTA and multi award winning television presenter, a World Class Ultra endurance marathon runner, having raced in some of the World's most toughest and extreme races and is a global Adventurer.

Lowri Morgan is one of only six in the World to ever complete the notoriously difficult 350 mile non-stop footrace '6633 Ultra' in the Arctic and the challenging Jungle Ultra Marathon in the Amazon Forest.

  

June 2016 saw Lowri with four colleagues made up the first all-woman team to enter the arduous Three Peaks Challenge. They were dismissed until the third day when they made fellow competitors stand up and take notice. THEY WON! Lowri, once again, making her mark in the world of ultra athletics.

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.

Stunning television presenter Mai Davies has had an impressive career in television to-date. She was, for several years, the reader of the daily Sky Television news. Mai has also presented many other television programmes, including the weekly chat show/discussion programme 'On the Edge' featuring high profile celebrities and prominent figures; 'Wales This Week', the award winning weekly investigative current affairs programme; 'First Past The Post', a 'Pop Idol' type competition to find an 'alternative politician'; 'Sharp End Debates' studio debates during Assembly and General Elections as 'Question Time'; 'Sharp End', an issue based political discussion programme and 'Wales Decides', live Assembly Election results.

BAFTA Cymru award winninng acress, Mali Harries was born in Cardiff. Mali was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff.  Mali went on to study at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 1997.

Mali Harries is an extremely popular Welsh actress who has been in the television industry since 1999. Mali has appeared in several well established TV series, such as Holby City, The Bill and Doctors

Mali plays a role as DI Mared Rhys in "HINDERLAND", the highy popular detective drama series set in Aberystwyth.

On 27th December 2013, Maria Leijerstam became the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the Antarctic continent.  Maria set the new World Record for the fastest human powered coast to pole traverse, completing her journey in 10 days, 14 hours and 56 minutes. 

Maria spent four years planning, creating, training and preparing for this double world record.  She built a winning team, drove the project from the concept to dellivery, pushed through extreme mental and physical barriers and achieved the unthinkable.

In 2012 Maria was the first woman to complete the "Siberian Black Ice Race" (a 650km cycle across Lake Baikal), coming second overall annd in 2007, she was the first Welsh woman to complete the MarathonDes Sables(running six marathons in seven daysacross the Sarhara Desert).  Maria has also raced on the "World Series Adventure Racing Circuit", representing Great Britain over the last seven years.

Michelle Mone grew up in the East End of Glasgow. Entrepreneurial Spirit was prevalent from an early age and whilst her friends had posters of Duran Duran on their wall, she had Richard Branson. When Michelle's father was struck down with an illness that left him confined to a wheelchair, in order to support her Mum & Dad, Michelle left school at age 15 with no qualifications to find full time employment.

Millie is a recent graduate of the Guildford School of Acting. Whilst at GSA she played Cinderella in the Yvonne Arnaud production of Cinderella and Maria in the graduation show West Side Story. A huge star of the future !

After studying for a Welsh Degree at University of Wales, Swansea and for a PhD about second language teaching methodology to adults; Nia found herself teaching Welsh to adults at University of Wales.  Nia was trainig new teachers, teaching Welsh in the workplace and developing new teaching materials.

In the year 2000, Nia Parry ventured into broadcasting and the media, working as a Welsh tutor on the series 'Welsh in a Week' on S4C.  Nia went on to teach and present on the series  'cariad@iaith' (Love 4 Language) teaching celebrities such as Tanni Grey Thompson, Ruth Madoc and Janet Street Porter to speak Welsh.

Nicola is a popular presenter with BBC Radio Wales, hosting the daily lunchtime programme from 12 noon to 2.00 p.m.

She is a very well known face in Wales as she has had a wide and varied career in television.

Nicola is much sought after for voice-overs; presenting; hosting or speaking engagements and is always well received for her professionalism and easy going personality.

Paula Reid is an adventurer with a labyrinth of fascinating and inpirational experiences to share.

Paula is only the 3rd British woman to ski full distance to the South Pole (Messner route) and has also sailed around the world in the Global Challenge, the world's toughest yacht race.

Paula has paddled down the San Juan River in Nicaragua and the Mekong River in Cambodia, getting arrested at gunpoint in the process! Paula has also kayaked the Thames from source to sea.

Having no idea what she watned to do Rachael Flanagan wanted to leave college at 16.  Fate intervened one day when their domestic cleaner did not turn up and Rachael offered to do the cleaning for her mother and the rest, as they say, is now history.  Nine years on Rachael is an award-winning and celebrated young entrepreneur expanding her cleaning business and services along the M4 corridor.

Rachael Flanagan is a fascinating and inspirational speaker and the enthusiasm for business she displays is infectious.

 

Rachel Williams, a native of Wales has enjoyed a long and glittering career.  Former ballet dancer and Principal at the world famous Moulin Rouge and 'Bluebell' at the Lido, Rachel swapped bijoux for claws in the London West End's production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running CATS.  Rachel went on to work the Los Angeles and Las Vegas Comedy and Cabaret circuit, thrilling crowds with a series of successful one woman shows.  A first class singer and performer Rachel has also turned her hand to directing and producing.

 

Rachel Williams, a native of Wales has enjoyed a long and glittering career.  Former ballet dancer and Principal at the world famous Moulin Rouge and 'Bluebell' at the Lido, Rachel swapped bijoux for claws in the London West End's production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running CATS.  Rachel went on to work the Los Angeles and Las Vegas Comedy and Cabaret circuit, thrilling crowds with a series of successful one woman shows.  A first class singer and performer Rachel has also turned her hand to directing and producing.

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'.

Rebecca Knight was a dancer before performing in her first singing role which was Johanna in Sweeney Todd. Her favourite operatic roles to date have been Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. Recently, as one half international singing duo OperaBabes, Rebecca has released two chart-topping albums, selling in excess of one million copies worldwide. She has performed for her Majesty the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall and at the launch of the Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace.

Ria Jones is from Swansea and her West End credits include the title role in Evita, Fantiné in Les Miserablés, Grizabella in Cats, Narrator in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Florence in Chess, Alexandra in The Witches of Eastwick and the iconic role of Mrs Overall in Victoria Wood's Acorn Antiques.

Ros Evans was born in Swansea, educated at King's College, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.  Ros has performed at most of the opera house in the UK and aboard. She has performed on some of the world's greatest concert platforms including the Basilica in Cairo and recently her debut at the Sydney Opera House.

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.

Ruth Madoc is best known for her wonderful portrayal of Gladys Pugh in the classic comedy series 'Hi-De-Hi!' for which received a BAFTA nomination.

A graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she has covered every aspect of the theatrical and entertainment industry, making her one of the country's most sought after leading ladies.

Sara Edwards is one of Wales' best known and much loved television presenters who was the main news anchor for BBC Wales television for many years.  Sara was born in Wales but grew up and was educated in London where she studied her BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History. Sara Edwards commenced her broadcasting career with Capital Radio in London where she co-wrote a drama documentary series on the history of London. The success of this led to County Sound in Guildford, where she presented a late night music show five nights a week. The offer of her own show followed with lots of music, chat and live phone-ins. Sara also produced and presented a 'Down Your Way' type programme which was a huge hit with the listeners of Surrey and Hampshire and the 'Sara Show' ended up being extended to three hours by the independent radio authority ILR.

Sarah Dickins is BBC Cymru Wales' first Economics Correspondent and one of the country's most experienced Journalists.  Sarah's experience and in depth understanding means that she brings added context and understanding to her work.

Sarah's used to being ahead of the game.  Sarah was the first woman Industrial Correspondent on television in the UK when she took on that role for BBC Cymru Wales.  She also launched BBC2's Working Lunch with Adrian Chiles, BBC Radio Wales' first phone in, the Sarah Dickins Show and the business programme BBC Wales@Work.  With that programme Sarah won three prestigious awards from the Work Foundation.

Sarah has presented a wide range of programmes from Wales Today; Good Morning Wales; Woman's Hour; Business Breakfast and programmes for the World Service.

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.

Sian Cameron from Cardiff sings with all the national opera companies including Welsh National Opera and The Royal Opera House. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music where she won most of the vocal prizes and was presented the HRH Prince of Wales Award by the Arts Council of Wales.

Sian Evans presented her own BBC Radio Wales quiz programme 'Elimination' for some considerable time. It was Sian's quick wit and bubbly, interactional personality that made this programme so successful. Sian was employed as a producer at the BBC when she was offered the part of 'relief presenter'. She jumped at the chance and has presented or acted as reporter on various programmes ever since. These include chat shows; natural history; live entertainment; magazine programme.

Sian Lloyd is a national TV presenter, experienced awards host and conference chair.

A well - known journalist and broadcaster, Sian regularly presents BBC Breakfast (BBC One), The news slot on Marr (BBC One) and is a correspondent for BBC network news.

Sian also works across other genres and has co-presented Crimewatch Roadshow (BBC One) for the past three years, presenting live shows from police forces across the country. 

Sian began her TV and Radio career in Wales presenting BBC Wales Today (BBC One Wales) and the drive-time radio programme Good Evening Wales on BBC Radio Wales. Sian still regularly works in radio, for Radio 4's Today and PM programmes.  Last year Sian was appointed Wales Correspondent for BBC Network news making her the face and voice of stories from Wales for national TV and radio programmes.

Stacey Daly is a well established actress and voice-over artist who lives in Newport, South Wales. Her most recent project has been working with director Karl Francis ("Streetlife"; "One of The Hollywood Ten) on the docu-drama "Our Story". She is just about to start filming on her latest project "The Feral Generation" alongiside Brook Kinsella and Ray Panthaki (Eastenders).

Stacey's voice possesses a raw urban contemporary quality due to her natural Newport/Cardiff accent but could also be described as cheeky and sexy with smooth, sensual undertones.

Sue Charles is a familiar and friendly face and voice across BBC, as a news and weather presenter.

Professionally qualified as a journalist, Sue also trained in meteorology, and presents the weather on BBC Radio Wales and BBC television 'Wales Today' programme. Her broadcasting experience is diverse and covers news, weather and music all for the BBC.

Sue Charles worked for several years as a BBC TV news journalist; reporting, presenting and producing for 'Wales Today'.

Zakhyia was born in Kashmir and raised in the Midlands and as the oldest of 7 children she is well equipped to handle a whole range of challenges and personalities.

Lured by the siren call of Wales across the English/Welsh border, she studied at the prestigious University of Wales, Aberystwyth, as an undergraduate and postgraduate in the late 90's.