Carole Green, is a champion for the Brick School charity who are a Wales-based registered charity working in partnership in Nepal. They run a community education project for migrant children working in the brick fields of the Kathmandu Valley. Since 2000, with their Nepalese partners Kopila Nepa, they’ve been providing education and health care for child labourers, one of the most marginalised and hard-to-reach communities in the world.
Tori James - Explorer/Adventurer
Tori James, at the age of 25, became the first Welsh woman to climb Mount Everest in 2007. Tori stars in the BBC documentary
‘On Top of the World’ and she is also the author of ‘Peak Performance’. In 2005 she was a member of the Pink Lady PoleCats , the first allfemale team to complete a grueling 360 mile race to the Magnetic North Pole. In June 2014 Tori was part of the Beeline Britain team who became the first to travel in a straight line from Land’s End to John O’Groats. This 1,100km journey involved a record- breaking sea kayak, road cycling, mountain biking and hiking and is documented in the award-winning film “As The Crow Flies”. Tori lives in Cardiff. She is a motivational speaker and consultant delivering leadership training, team and youth development projects. Tori is the President of Girlguiding Cymru, a Fellow of British Exploring and an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wales. www.torijames.com - @torijtweets
Maria Leijerstam Polar Adventurer/Entrepreneur
On the 27th December 2013, Maria became the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole.
She also 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. In 2012 Maria was the first woman to complete the Siberian Black Ice Race (a 650km cycle across Lake Baikal) and in 2007 she was the first Welsh woman to complete the Marathon Des Sables (running six marathons in seven days across the Sahara Desert).
She has also raced on the World Series Adventure Racing circuit, representing Great Britain.
Maria has worked for a variety of multi-national organisations including BAE Systems, Ford of Europe and Siemens. She began her career in Rocket Science later moving on to a project management role. Maria has a wealth of knowledge in expedition planning, event management and physical training and in 2010, Maria set up her own business, where she combined her love of sport with her business acumen.
Today Maria runs the Burn Series Adventure Races in South Wales as well as travelling around the world to share the lessons from her adventures. In particular she focuses on goal setting, aiming high and creating an environment for success.
Maria has recently published her book ‘Cycling to the South Pole’, available on amazon, which accompanies her documentary ‘The White Ice Cycle’.
Jean Church Dip.IoD, FIoD
National Chair, Institute of Directors Wales
Institute of Directors Council Member
Ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust in Wales
Jean has held executive operational roles as Regional/Managing Director/Head of Off-shore Services in blue chip organisations on a national and international level and has worked across manufacturing, distribution, property law, franchising, new-start-ups, local authorities, housing associations and retailing. She has a track record spanning the design and delivery of major change programmes that embraced cultural, organisational and operational change as well as policy development, customer service propositions and delivery, and has managed a portfolio in excess of £138m.
She has extensive experience of leading and developing teams in continuous improvement across multi-site retail, manufacturing, distribution and legal professional units, whilst managing multi-union ER and union engagement. Business re-organisation and restructuring has featured strongly in her career as has performance management and continuous improvement.
Eluned Morgan was born in 1967 in Ely, Cardiff. She was educated at Glantaf Welsh language comprehensive school. She won a scholarship to the United World College of the Atlantic and gained a degree in European Studies from the University of Hull. She formerly worked as a researcher for S4C, Agenda TV and the BBC.
Eluned’s political career started at the age of 27 when she was elected as the youngest Member of the European Parliament in 1994. She was only the fifth woman elected to a full time political position in the history of Wales, and the first full time politician in Wales to have a baby whilst in office. She represented Wales for the Labour Party from 1994-2009. In this role she became the Labour spokesperson on industry, science and energy and spokesperson for the 200 strong Socialist Group on Budget Control matters. She authored the Green Paper on energy on behalf of the EP and led the Parliament’s discussions on the Electricity Directive where she ensured new rights for consumers and demanded that Member States of the EU addressed the issue of fuel poverty.
From late 2009 until July 2013 she worked as the Director of National Business Development in Wales for SSE (SWALEC) one of the UKs largest energy companies. During 2013 -2016, Eluned Morgan served as the Shadow Minister for Wales in the House of Lords, and from 2014-2016 she served as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. She was granted a peerage in 2011 and is formally known as Baroness Morgan of Ely.
Eluned Morgan was elected to the National Assembly in May 2016 as regional member for Mid & West Wales.