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Council Members

Chair - Philip CarlingPhil Carling

Philip Carling took up the post of Sports Council for Wales Chair on 1st February 2004. He is a former Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan County Cricket Clubs and was a member of the Test and County Cricket Board between 1978-1990. He gained Blues for Cricket and Hockey at Cambridge and remains a keen golfer and squash player.

He is a member of the Board of UK Sport, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of UK Sport and a member of the Major Events Panel.

He is a very experienced business consultant who has worked successfully with a number of organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors on major projects and sponsorship/marketing campaigns, including the Rugby World Cup 1999, the Noah’s Ark Appeal and Mencap in Wales. He lives in Cardiff.

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Vice Chair - Laura McAllisterLaura McAllister

Professor Laura McAllister comes from Bridgend and is Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management. She was educated at Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Bridgend and is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cardiff University where she completed a PhD in politics.

Laura was a member of the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for National Assembly for Wales that reported in March 2004. Laura’s principal academic interests centre on public administration and politics, specifically: devolution, decentralised administration, the role of commissions in policy-making, Welsh politics and elections, multi level governance, sport and public policy, gender and politics. She has written extensively on these areas and her recent books include Plaid Cymru, The Emergence of a Political Party (2001), Women and Constitutional Politics in Wales (2007), and a forthcoming biography of Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, Presiding Officer at the National Assembly (2010). She is a visiting Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and the China National School of Administration, Beijing. Laura has worked as a political analyst for BBC Wales and is a commentator on Welsh and British elections.

A former Wales football international and national team captain with 24 caps, Laura was a Board Member of UK Sport from 2002-5. She has been a member of the Sports Council for Wales since April 2006 and was appointed Vice Chair of the Council in March 2007 where she specialises in performance and excellence, and governance. Laura is also a Board Member and Trustee of the Welsh Football Trust. She is currently project sponsor for CPD and for sport at the University of Liverpool, and chairs the Sport Liverpool Strategy Group. She is a member of the judging panel for BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.

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Council Member - Hywel Meredydd

Hywel is the Manager for Tearfund Wales and the Minister of Capel Cildwrn in Llangefni, Anglesey. For the last six years he has been the Chair of Menter Môn, the Anglesey Regeneration and Enterprise Agency. As Vice Chair for the Anglesey Local Health Board he has served the Board as Chair both of the Audit and the Commissioning Committee and is the Board’s Corporate Health Champion. Hywel Meredydd 4

He has been active in his area of Anglesey as Leader of Cefni Bike Club, Governor of Ysgol Corn Hir, Leader of the Llangefni Urdd Club (Aelwyd), Chairman of the Llangefni Partnership, Chairman of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales and a member of Anglesey’s Objective 1, Economic Development Partnership.

He is married to Carys, who is the Director of Training for Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin. They have two grown up daughters – one married and teaching in Cardiff, the other working with inclusion for Children and Young People in Gwynedd.

Hywel was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen and Bangor University and has lived in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bala, Cwmafan, Bridgend and Llangefni. In his local community Hywel has been leader of the Urdd Youth Club, Chair of Llangefni Town Hall, Leader of the Cefni Bike Club, Ysgol Corn Hir School Governor, member of the Anglesey Objective One Partnership and the Healthy Social Care & Wellbeing Partnership.

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Council Member - Richard Palmer Richard Palmer

Mr Richard Palmer CBE is from Llangwm, Pembrokeshire and is Executive Vice President of the British Olympic Association and a Director of the British Olympic Foundation. He currently lectures on MEMOS, a European Masters Degree programme in Sports Management. He is a board director of Sports Coach UK and Chairman of their Corporate Governance and Risk management Committee.

Richard Palmer has an extensive background in sports management, including Secretary General of the British Olympic Association, a position he held for 20 years until his retirement in 1997. He was Chef de Mission for the Winter and Summer Olympic Games of 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996.

In addition, he was Chef de Mission of England’s Commonwealth Games Teams in 1972, 1982 and 1986. He was President of the Association of National Olympic Committees’ (ANOC) Commission for the Olympic Games and served on the ANOC Executive Board for 3 (4 yearly) terms.

He was Vice President of the European Olympic Committee and remains an Honorary Vice President of the EOC. He was also a Member of the IOC’s Marketing Commission and serviced on the IOC’s Co-ordination Commission for the Games of Atlanta, Sydney and Athens and is co-author of the IOC Olympic Village Guide.

He was also Technical Director of the London 2012 Olympic Bid and an advisor to the Commonwealth Games Federation for the Games of Kuala Lumpur, Manchester and Melbourne.

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Council Member - Adele Baumgardt

Adele Baumgardt currently lives in Bristol. Until October 2007 she worked in Cardiff as Director of Policy and Partnership at the Equal Opportunities Commission in Wales. She is now an independent consultant and works extensively with employers in Wales and across the UK. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of compliance with equality legislation. Adele08-B

Adele works with organisations on the new positive duties on gender, race and disability and the requirements they place on public bodies in Wales. Under this banner she has worked specifically on issues surrounding increasing participation in sport and physical activity for under-represented groups, in particular women and girls.

Adele's key area of professional interest is gender mainstreaming and in particular the gender budgeting tool of gender mainstreaming. In 2006 she gained an MSc in Equality and Diversity form the University of Cardiff. She has been chair of the Gender Budget Group for Wales, and co-chair of the Women's Budget Group UK. In September 2008 Adele was appointed as Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission.

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Council Member - Robert HarrisRobert Harris

Cllr Robert Harris lives and works in Lampeter, where he is proprietor of a music and film shop and is a qualified social worker. He has represented Lampeter on Dyfed and later Ceredigion County Council since 1981 and is a member of Lampeter Town Council.

Hag Harris has extensive experience in local government and he is presently Cabinet Member for Department of Environmental Services and Housing, Ceredigion County Council, Chair of Ceredigion Health Alliance, Health Challenge Wales, Ceredigion Champion, Member of Ceredigion Health Board, Chair of Ceredigion Homelessness Forum Chair of Dyfed Powys Courts Board and a member of Lampeter Swimming Pool Management Committee. He was previously Mayor of Lampeter Town Council and Chair of Ceredigion Sports Council.

Robert Harris was Welsh National Orienteering Coach and Senior Champion, representing Wales and was also a Football referee with 15 years experience including the Football League of Wales.

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Council Member - David Lloyd Roberts

David Lloyd Roberts is a partner in Huw James law firm in Cardiff. Born in Bangor, he was educated in Wrexham and at Cambridge University.David Roberts2 Welsh sprint champion on nine occasions, he represented Britain at 100 metres and 4 x 100 metre relay between 1974 and 1978 at the European Championships and also represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

He is a member of Cambridge University’s Hawks Club and Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. Mr Roberts holds no other Ministerial public appointments.


Council Member - Dr Wynford Morgan Leyshon

Dr Wynford Leyshon represented Wales at athletics in the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand and also represented Great Britain. At the World Student Games in Moscow in 1973, he gained a silver medal in the 4x400m relay. Wynford M Leyshon

He is a high-performance level 4 athletics coach and has coached a number of 400m hurdlers who have gained Welsh, UK and European titles. Educated at Cardiff University, he is a former Vice Principal of Neath Port Talbot College. He has been Chairman of the Welsh School Athletics Association and the Schools International Athletics Board.

In 2007 he received a meritorious award for services to Welsh Athletics and is a member of Swansea Harriers Athletics Club and Mawr Walking Club (based at Felindre Swansea). During 2008 he was awarded the Chancellor's Medal from the University of Glamorgan for 'Services to the Community and People of Wales re the development of Higher Education provision in Neath Port Talbot'.

Dr Leyshon holds no other Ministerial public appointments.


Council Member - Martin Warren

Martin Warren was born and brought up in Cardiff and, whilst at Cardiff High School, represented Wales at cricket, going on to play for Cardiff Cricket club for 12 years. Educated at Hull University, he represented the university at both football and cricket.Martin Warren

He returned home to Cardiff and joined Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now PWC), where he qualified as a chartered accountant, and became a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1989. Martin is currently the Director of Finance at UWIC.

For 5 years, Martin was chairman of UWIC Inter Cardiff, engineering the merger of the two clubs into the League of Wales. He is currently Chairman of Cardiff & Vale Young Enterprise and a member of the Wales Young Enterprise Board. Mr Warren holds no other Ministerial public appointments.

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Council Member - Stella Mair Thomas

Stella Mair Thomas is a freelance Communications/Media Consultant with experience at Board level in the public and private sectors, mostly in Wales. She has held senior posts in the fields of: tourism, marketing, press and public relations, corporate governance, television regulation and consumer representation. Stella Mair Thomas

A Welsh-speaker, Mrs Thomas started her career as a PE and Geography teacher in Breconshire and specialised in teaching young people to swim. She is particularly interested in the Sports Council for Wales’ challenge of delivering the targets for activity for all age groups, as set out in the Welsh Assembly Government’s Climbing Higher strategy.

Mrs Thomas is also a non-executive Director of the Millennium Stadium and the representative for Wales on the Board of Passenger Focus, the consumer body for rail passengers in Great Britain. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________