WYN DAVIES lives just outside Carmarthen, though originally a native of the  Gwendraeth Valley, and a former pupil of  its  rugby famous Grammar School

He entered  local government in 1962 with the former Carmarthenshire County Council, and from 1974 with its successor authority Dyfed County Council. A qualified accountant, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, he held  senior posts in the Finance Department to become Deputy County Treasurer, a position he held for a number of years. In 1995, he was appointed Director of Finance and I.T. for the newly formed  Carmarthenshire County Council, with responsibility for an annual budget of £300 million and a department of 200 staff.

He is a retired member of the British Institute of Management

Since retiring from full time employment, Wyn has held a number of posts, including the District Audit Service, Carmarthen Town Council Clerk, lecturer on local government finance for U.C.W. Aberystwyth, contract work for the former Welsh Office, and Best Value Inspector in Wales for the Audit Commission

HUW EVANS was born in Carmarthen and studied at the Boys Grammer School. He went on to study law and was called to the Bar in 1985.

Huw is now a member of chambers in Cardiff

MARK EVANS was born in Carmarthen and studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio. He has worked as a soloist with Scottish Opera, British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera, English National Opera, Opera North ,WNO and MTW. Mark appears regularly in concerts and oratorios throughout the UK and his repertoire ranges from Bach to Britten. He has also worked with many leading orchestras including RTE, RPO and the LSO.

His work abroad has included the prestigious opera gala to re-open the Madeira Opera House with National Orchestra of Portugal; a tour of America with Columbia Artistes singing the role of Papageno The Magic Flute

Operatic roles include the title role in Don Giovanni for Holland Park Festival Opera with the RPO; Marcello La bohme and Papageno for WNO; Sir Nicolas Fairles The Blackened Man (world premiere) by Will Todd at ROH Linbury Theatre; and the baritone role in ENOs For the Public Good, specially commissioned to mark the centenary of the Coliseum.

Recently Mark created the role of Jack for the world premiere of Music Theatre Waless 2006 production of House of the Gods. Last season, Mark worked at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, performing the lead role in their childrens Christmas opera and ballet spectacular, Wind in the Willows. Most recently, engagements have included a return to Welsh National Opera as Marcello for their Hong Kong tour of La Boheme. He is currently performing in a national tour of Opera Galas and presenting  for BBC Radio Wales. For more informations click here

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 enjoys a close association with Welsh National Opera where he has sung principal Roles for over 15 years. He has also worked as a principal for The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera as well as many opera houses in europe.

Highlights on the concert platform include Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at the televised opening night of the 2001 BBC Proms, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at the Welsh Proms in St David’s Hall,  soloist in a special televised performance of Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace – The Armed Man, conducted by the composer in celebration of his 60th birthday, Verdi Requiem at Royal Albert Hall, London, Handel’s Messiah at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and a recital at the Wigmore Hall, London.Wynne is soloist on three CD volumes entitled ‘Here Come the Classics’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded Salome for Chandos and has appeared on Friday Night is Music Night on many occasions.

In 2009 Wynne became the voice and face for playing the role of Gio Compario

Wynne signed a six album deal with Warner Bros. in 2011 and his debut album ‘A Song In My Heart’ went straight in at number 1 in the classical charts

In 2004 Wynne famously responded on behalf of the Welsh Rugby Team to the New Zealand Haka, and has since gone on to sing at over 20 internationals and is now a firm favorite at the Millennium Stadium.

In 2007 Wynne began presenting on BBC Radio Wales, and has gone onto have his own show on S4C and presented his own show on BBC 2

Wynne is an Ambassador for St Johns Cymru Wales and British Heart Foundation. Wynne was awarded the MStJ by HRH The Queen in 2008. For more information click here

ANTHONY JENKINS is a native of Carmarthen and graduated with an LL.B degree from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Qualifying as a Solicitor in 1975 he has been a Partner in this Practice since that date. He specialises in property work including domestic and commercial conveyancing. Anthony is the President of Carmarthen Town Football Club, past President of the Carmarthen Youth Opera and is currently Mayor of the town.

PAUL ISLWYN THOMAS is an award-winning film-maker specialising in arts and music programmes. An organ scholar at York Minster and Film School Graduate from Bristol University, Paul began his career as a trainee director at BBC Wales before becoming a producer and executive producer working on many high-profile productions.

In 1990 Paul left the BBC to focus on arts & music documentary projects. He travelled through South America in search of the indigenous music of Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, and spent extended periods in Mongolia recording the music of the Altai Mountains. He also produced a landmark series about music and nationalism in central and Eastern Europe called ‘The Soul of a Nation’ presented by Huw Edwards. Paul received several award nominations and BAFTA Wales Awards for Best Director, Best Documentary, and Best Short-film during this period.

Paul was then appointed Managing Director of Prospect Pictures Wales, and worked on projects for several UK broadcasters. In 2000 he was appointed as Head of Arts, BBC Wales working on local and network productions principally in the arts genre. These included: Private Life of a Masterpiece – Michelangelo’s David BBC2, Painting the Weather BBC4/2 in collaboration with the National Gallery, Clinton at Hay BBC World, Painting Flowers with Monty Don BBC4/2.

Paul has been responsible for the overall broadcast management of major cultural festivals these include National Eisteddfod, Guardian Hay Literary Festival, Brecon Jazz, and the Wales International Arts Prize Artes Mundi. Paul is currently chairman of BAFTA in Wales, a juror for the international Emmy Awards and a Trustee of the Elizabeth Evans Trust.

As Managing Director Paul oversees the creative and business aspects of the company and works as an executive producer across a wide range of programming including the highly acclaimed Coal House series for BBC1/2 Wales and BBC 2 Network. For more information please click here

HAZEL THOROGOOD (Trust Secretary) was born and brought up in Brecon and with any early interest in music began playing the piano at the age of 8 under the direction of Hazel Gedge, retired organist of Brecon Cathedral.

She moved to Carmarthen in 1985 following a transfer by her then employer – NatWest Bank and joined Carmarthen Youth Opera in 1986 as their accompanist and stayed until 1997.  She returned in 2003 when Liz was producing “Les Miserables” and has remainder with the society to this day.  She has also been accompanist to various other groups and choirs in Carmarthen over the years.  As well as Carmarthen Youth Opera she is presently working with three members of Aberhonddu Male Voice Choir and undertakes various concerts them them in the area.

After 27 years with NatWest Bank, Hazel is now employed as a financial officer with Castell Howell Foods Ltd, Carmarthen.