Dame Rosemary Butler DBE

Assembly Member for Newport West between May 1999 and April 2016.

She lived in Caerleon, for many years, and attended St Julian’s High School. Her interests range from museums, art galleries, concerts and opera, to foreign travel and family history.

Rosemary was elected councillor for Caerleon in Newport Borough Council, a position she held from 1973 until 1999. While on the council, she chaired the Leisure Services Committee for 12 years, and served as Deputy Leader and Mayor of Newport (1989-1990).

In May 2011, was elected to the position of Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, which she held until her retirement in 2016.

Mrs Judith Child

Judith has lived in Wales for most of her life other than two years in Africa. She worked for the British High Commission and is involved with numerous charities: British Red Cross centre organiser, trustee of Edward James Harris Trust, CHC member.

Judith was a non-executive director for Gwent Hospital Trust and has been a Justice of the Peace since 1985. She is a member of the appointments panel for Magistrates Association Committee locally and in London.

Dr Chris Gaffney

Chris graduated in Medicine from Bristol in 1976 and, following training posts at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Bristol and Newcastle-upon-Tyne spent a year in Vancouver, Canada doing research. He was appointed Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Velindre Hospital in 1989 and spent more than 20 years looking after patients with cancer in Gwent as well as in Cardiff. During that time he worked very closely with specialist nurses from St David’s Hospice Care. He represented the Royal College of Radiologists in Wales and as such was responsible for the training of new Oncologists. He also contributed to NICE guidelines for both breast and head and neck cancers which were his main specialties. Since retiring in 2010 he has devoted much time to gardening, painting and drawing.

Mr Michael Hine

Michael managed the Kingsway Centre in Newport city centre from 1985 until his retirement in 2015. He lives in West Wales.

He moved into property management from a retailing background with BHS, the Selfridges group and area retail management – aspects which have proved invaluable in understanding and liaising with tenants especially in austere times such as now.

Other interests include membership of the Rotary Club of St Woolos Newport, for which he was Secretary; and a Trustee of St David’s Hospice Care, with an advisory role for their shops division – the major source of essential income vital for the palliative care service that is provided free of charge to patients in South East Wales and Powys.

Dr John Holland

John is a retired GP. He was a GP Partner in Pill in Newport from 1998 till 2003. He then took up the role of Clinical Lead for a GP project in the Caerphilly area, and became Clinical Director for the Caerphilly Local Health Board. Until his full retirement in 2020,  John remained active as a GP, and Senior Partner at Gelligaer Surgery. He became a Trustee of St David’s in 2000, and is Chair of St David’s Clinical Governance Sub-Committee. Whilst training, John spent several months as a Clinical Assistant in an in-patient hospice in Swansea. As a Clinical Director for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, he was active in developing primary care, with a focus on diabetes. In retirement John enjoys sailing, walking, and spending time with his two grandchildren.

Mr Malgwyn Davies OBE CStJ

Malgwyn was a solicitor with Gwent County Council and later it’s Deputy Chief Executive. He was appointed Chief Executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council from 1995-2006.

He was the Clerk to the Gwent Police Authority (1989-2005) and Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent (1996-2016).

Malgwyn was also the former Chairman of the Caerphilly and then Gwent Council of St. John and previously a volunteer driver for St David’s Hospice Care.

Mrs Margaret Van de Weyer

Margaret qualified as a solicitor in June 1976 and first practiced in London and Harlow.  She turned to private practice in September 1990 and worked within the area with local firms, and later worked in India. On her retirement in 2006 she joined the board of St David’s becoming Honorary Treasurer.

She is married with 3 children and 2 granddaughters, her hobbies include golf, bridge, tennis and cycling. She thoroughly enjoys her role on the board of Trustee’s and has great satisfaction knowing she has contributed towards the great work of St David’s Hospice Care.

Margaret is also currently the secretary of the SE Wales branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Mr Jim Thompson

Strategic Development Manager, Gwent Health Authority & Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust

General Manager of Newport Local Health Group
Medical Services Manager, Glan Hafren NHS Trust
Director of Nursing

Sole trader – Osborne Associates, providing services to health & social care settings

Director – Top Drawer Ltd

Director – Lancast Sport UK Ltd

Governor – Griffithstown Infants

Member – Governing body of Church in Wales


Reverend Elaine Hills

Elaine has lived in Caerleon, Newport, since 1969. She has career background in Nursing, she was a Practice Nurse 1973-2008 in the local GP surgery during which was part of the palliative care team.

Elaine was ordained as a Deacon in the Church in Wales in 2004 and as a Priest in 2008 and have served as an Associate Priest at St Cadoc’s Parish Church, Caerleon, since then.

Widowed in 2009 and has 3 children and 6 grand-daughters.

Dr Robert Bracchi

Dr Bracchi is a Medical Advisor to the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre at LLandough Hospital Cardiff. He has 30 years’ experience as a General Practitioner and his main interest is therapeutics, especially pharmacovigilance. Rob has over 10 years of regulatory experience as a member of Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) committees. He is currently Vice-Chair of the MHRA Herbal Medicine Advisory Committee and is also a member of the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products.