Julie Morgan AM, Cardiff North
Julie Morgan was elected as the Assembly Member for Cardiff North in May 2011. Prior to serving in the National Assembly for Wales, she was the Member of Parliament for Cardiff North (1997-2010) becoming the first woman MP to represent a part of Cardiff.
Before entering national politics, Julie was a social worker by profession and was previously an Assistant Director of Barnardo's. She also served as a Councillor in Cardiff between 1985 and 1997. During her time as an MP, Julie presented three Private Member's Bills - one on banning smoking in public places, one on granting votes at 16, and one on preventing under-18s from using sunbeds. The latter became law in 2010.
In addition to being a patron of the Touch Trust and Advocacy Matters, Julie is also a trustee of Life for African Mothers and Vice President of George Thomas Hospice.
Ewart and Pat Parkinson
I first met Dilys when she was a Lecturer in Movement and Dance at what was then called The South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education and I had formed a charity called "The Wales Sports Centre for the Disabled Trust " and was looking for a site for the project. She and her boss, David Cobner, were helpful and we built the project on the excellent Sports Campus in Cyncoed Road. It went well and Dilys said to me one day "I'm going to resign from your Trust. " I was dismayed and asked if I had offended her in some way. I was relieved when she said that she was going to create her own charity and to call it "Touch" and she wanted me to help her.
Sometime after that I was with my friend Freddie Watson. He had helped me when I was seeking to develop what later became Atlantic Wharf. We discussed the third failure of an attempt to build an Opera House - I had tried twice before and after initial good starts they fizzled out. He had the great idea of seeking money from the new Millennium Commission which had been created about 1990 to sponsor major projects to celebrate the new Millennium. His great idea was to put a number of projects together - including the Opera House - and call it a Millennium Centre. I suggested that Dilys's Touch Trust could be one of them. And so it became so.....
Guy Griffiths, Executive Director, BNI South Wales
Guy was born and brought up in East Africa, and has lived in Hong Kong, Europe and the Middle East. He has been involved with the Touch Trust since 2011 when he rowed the Atlantic to raise money for Touch Trust and the BNI-Misner Foundation. Along with 13 colleagues, Guy attempted to break the transatlantic rowing record, rowing unsupported from The Canaries to Barbados which they completed in 42 days, 17 hours and 54 minutes ... Guy believes that his adventure pales into insignificance compared to the good work being done by all those supporting individuals with learning disabilities, those affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), complex needs, behaviour which challenges, and other vulnerable groups in the community.
Guy has created a home here in Cardiff now, and serves the entrepreneurial Welsh business community, with his business BNI South Wales