Season 3

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Byron Rogers

Literature: In Conversation with Byron Rogers

Byron Rogers is a Welsh journalist, essayist and biographer. He has contributed to The Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Guardian, and was once a speechwriter for the Prince of Wales. He is also author of several books including An Audience With an Elephant and The Man Who Went into the West (his biography of the poet R.S. Thomas). His most recent book is Three Journeys.

Season 2

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Simon Pridham

Education: The Future Classroom, Today

Simon Pridham started his teaching career at Danygraig Primary in Swansea before spending ten years at Gendros Primary. It was here that he developed an interest in independent learning theories and started to learn that schools should prepare for children and not the other way around.


A year after becoming headmaster of Casllwchwr Primary School, he embarked on a school mobile device learning program that marked the beginning of incredible journey. In January 2012 the school picked up a 3rd Millennium Learning Award and were the first Welsh primary to do so and one of only eight in the UK – they were also awarded the Highly Commended UK Impact Award at NAACE National Conference in March 2012 and were the only Welsh school nominated in any category.


He is currently the Executive Headtecaher at Casllwchwr Primary School, a Learning In Digital Wales Professional Adviser for the Welsh Government, and LIFE programme manager – the LIFE programme recently picked up the prestigious MJ Award and made the shortlist at the APSE awards. The programme is also shortlisted for an International E Learning award later this year. His first book – Freaked Out – to help educators understand the LIFE journey will be published early next year.


Simon is happily married to his wife Helen and has a three-year-old daughter called Ella who is an iPad expert.

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Andy Sewell

Medicine: Harnessing the power of the T-Cell Army

Andy Sewell grew up on a farm in Leicestershire, trained at the University of Liverpool (he’s a lifelong supporter of the city’s red team) and undertook postdoctoral studies at the University of Utah (he likes to ski) before returning to the University of Oxford in 1995 where he attained a Senior Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust to study immune cells called T-cells. He relocated to Cardiff as Distinguished Professor of Immunology in 2006. He is currently Research Director of Cardiff Institute of Infection and Immunity, a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and a founder member of the new NISCHR Senior Faculty in Wales.


His research interests still focus on T-cells. These immune cells sit at the hub of immunity to infection, immunity to cancer/cancer immunotherapy, autoimmune disease and the rejection of transplanted organs. This has allowed the accumulation of a wide portfolio of research funding that currently totals over £6 million and includes support from the BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, JDRF, Cancer Research Wales, Breast Cancer Campaign and the Welsh Assembly Government (NISCHR).


He lives in Cardiff with his soul mate of 23 years, Emma. Much to Andy’s despair, their current location, Emma’s Welsh roots and recent team form have combined to ensure that there 3 son’s Max, Alfie and Ollie aged 12, 10 and 8 all support the men in red when they play the men in white with the oval ball.

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David Hieatt

Business: How to Make Things Happen without a Big Budget

David Hieatt started his career in advertising first at Saatchi and Saatchi before moving onto the Adidas Ad Agency. It was there that he decided to create his own clothing company and founded Howies, which he located in his native West Wales and later famously sold to Timblerland, although his tried to buy it back on a number of occasions.


After parting ways with his own company, David co-created - together with his wife Clare - the ‘Do Lectures’, described by one journalist as the rural TED, which brings together tireless entrepreneurs like David who have a desire to do things and make the world a more interesting and better place.


His latest venture - Hiut Denim Co – aims to bring back the denim industry to Cardigan that once used to produce 35,000 pairs of jeans a week and employed 400 people. He also runs The 25 Mile – the Cardigan gastropub, which only serves food sourced within 25 miles of the town.

Season 1

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Adam Price

Art: A guggenheim for Wales?

Adam Price is a former Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. He was elected to Parliament in the 2001 and re-elected in 2005 but stood down in 2010. Having recently returned to Wales after winning a scholarship to study at Harvard, Adam is currently Public Innovation Lead for Nesta in Wales and founder of the tech start-up Ideoba.

Phillip Mackenzie

Drama: Conversation, Charisma, and Chance

Phillip Mackenzie’s body of theatre and performance work has been recognised internationally for its innovation and physicality, mixing high culture with popular culture, and has traveled to over 30 countries. In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Creative Wales Award to travel and continue his research into contemporary European theatre practice and its application to his ongoing theatre work with emerging artists. He joined the Sherman Theatre in 2001 as Director of Youth Theatre/New Artists’ Development and was appointed as Head of Creative Learning in 2009.

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Peter Thomas

Philosophy: What’s Happened to our Perspective and Balance in Life?

Peter Thomas is 46 years old and lives near Carmarthen with his wife of 24 years, Fiona, and their 2 children Ethan and Harry. He’s the owner of Contract Services - a construction company in Port Talbot who specialise in major refurbishment works for local authorities, housing associations and government, and who employ over 60 people. He admits to having a “hectic” life with work, children and ‘life stuff’, but always tries to involve himself in many good things. He’s a cancer survivor, advocate, patient voice and anything else he can shout about! In the little spare time he has he enjoys cooking, eating great food with great friends, and the occasional glass of vino.

Kemi Nevins

Business: The Recipe for a Successful Business

Kemi Nevins was born to Nigerian parents in 1960s London and was subsequently fostered by a British family. After training as a nurse, and later teaching health studies, Kemi decided to “break out of her comfort zone” and open her first café in Mill Lane in 1999. After 3 years, she returned briefly to teaching before trying her hand a second time at running her own business, which this time was a success with the continued support of her family, friends, staff, and of course customers.

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Jon Turney

Literature: The Influence of Science Fiction on Innovation

Jon Turney is a Bristol based science writer and lecturer interested in science and society, new technology, science fiction and futures. His books include Frankenstein's Footsteps (1998), which won the BMA Award for popular medical book of the year and The Rough Guide to the Future (2010), which was shortlisted for the Royal Society's science book prize.

Luke Palmer

Design: Designing a Greener Future

Luke Palmer graduated in Product Design in 1999 where he specialized in furniture design at the University of Mid-Glamorgan. Gaining an industrial placement with Orangebox for the 3rd year of the degree course he was subsequently sponsored by the company for his 4th year final major project. Luke is now a senior designer within the research and development team at Orangebox and is responsible for leading the development and application of Environmental Product Design topics throughout the business. As a result of the businesses ambition for truly sustainable design practices he recently lead a Cradle2Cradle project consultancy with EPEA.

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