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Jane Hutt AM

Jane was re-elected as Assembly Member for the Vale of Glamorgan on 5th May 2016, and was appointed Leader of the House and Chief Whip by First Minister Carwyn Jones. Jane became the first Assembly Member (AM) to represent the Vale of Glamorgan when the National Assembly for Wales was set up in 1999, and she has served as AM and as a Welsh Government Minister continuously. Her ministerial roles have included health and social services, children, education and equalities. Between 2010 – May 2016 she was Minister for Finance, with responsibility for Governance and Business. Jane was named as one of the most influential people in Public Finance in 2015.

Jane was born in Epsom, Surrey, though her grandparents were from North Wales and were Welsh speakers. She spent part of her childhood in Uganda and Kenya. She has lived in Wales all her adult life and is a Welsh learner. Jane was educated at the University of Kent, the London School of Economics and the University of Bristol, and is a Welsh learner. She lives in Barry and is married with two adult children.

Jane has been a key figure in the field of social justice in Wales. Before she was elected as AM, she helped establish several charities and grass roots organisations, campaigned on equalities issues and worked in a range of organisations, as well as serving as a county councillor on the former South Glamorgan County Council.

Jane was founder member and the first National Co-ordinator of Welsh Women’s Aid, one of the four UK umbrella groups responsible for support services for women and children at risk of domestic abuse and homelessness. The creation of an autonomous Welsh organisation led to the development of a range of refuges and preventative initiatives throughout Wales, which in turn helped establish specialist services for young homeless (Llamau), minority ethnic women (BAWSO) and housing and support (Hafan Cymru).

Jane was instrumental in securing funding for one of the first women-only IT training centres in the UK, the Women’s Workshop (funded by the European Social Fund), Cardiff. This was an innovative project, because it provided on-site childcare, unheard of in those days, and targeted women who wanted to return to work, but lacked skills and confidence because they had been economically inactive due to caring responsibilities. Thousands of women and children, many from the Vale of Glamorgan, have benefited from this flagship scheme.

Jane was Director of TPAS Cymru, a tenant participation organisation which ensures that tenants have a voice in the decisions that affect their homes & communities.

In 1992 Jane was appointed Director of the newly formed Chwarae Teg (Fair Play), with responsibility for expanding the role of women in the Welsh economy.

Jane was also Chair of Governors of Kitchener Road Primary School in Riverside, Cardiff, a non-executive director of the Cardiff Community Health Care Trust, a member of the New Deal Task Force, and a Welsh representative on the New Opportunities (UK) Fund.

Jane is patron of Barry Ladies’ Choir, Barry First Responders, BAWSO and of Atal y Fro.  She is Trustee of Vale People First, Vale for Africa, the Vale Youth Forum and of Ocean Watersports Barry Community Water Activities

During her working life in the voluntary sector, Jane wrote two books – ‘Opening the Town Hall Door: An Introduction to local government’ (3 editions) and ‘Making Opportunities, a Guide for Women and Employers’ (published by National Council for Voluntary Organisations).

Jane is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University. In recognition of her role in furthering procurement practice, Jane has been awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and a Fellowship of the Procurement Best Practice Academy. Jane has also been made an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for her work in public finance.

Michael Sheen

Michael has proved himself equally accomplished on both stage and screen. His many award-winning stage performances include Caligula and Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Theatre, and Hamlet at the Young Vic. He created, co-directed, and performed in the groundbreaking three-day live event The Passion in Port Talbot for National Theatre Wales.

Our Patrons: Jane Hutt AM & Michael Sheen

Sheen has starred in three films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award: The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears, Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howard, and Midnight in Paris, directed by Woody Allen.

He is known to millions as a vampire in The Twilight Saga films and a werewolf in the Underworld franchise. His other feature credits include The Damned United, directed by Tom Hooper; Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; Tron: Legacy, and the critically acclaimed adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel, Far From the Madding Crowd, directed by Thomas Vinterberg; Sony’s Passengers in which he starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt and Home Again with Reese Witherspoon. Michael will next be seen in the Netflix feature film, Apostle, as well as Slaughterhouse Rulez with Simon Pegg. He recently completed filming opposite Robert Downey Jr in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.

On television, Sheen has earned multiple awards and nominations for his performances in projects such as Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!, directed by Andy De Emmony, Dirty Filthy Love, directed by Adrian Shergold, as Tony Blair in HBO’s The Special Relationship and as Dr. Bill Masters in four seasons of the acclaimed Showtime series, Masters of Sex, on which he was also a producer. He has created memorable characterizations for NBC’s 30 Rock, HBO’s mockumentary 7 Days In Hell, the IFC miniseries spoof Spoils of Babylon, and Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special for Netflix. He will next appear in Neil Gaimon’s Good Omens for Amazon BBC.

Widely recognised as an equally effective activist, through his role as UNICEF Ambassador, Patron of Social Enterprise UK, President of the Wales Centre for Voluntary Action and many other roles, Michael is now branching out to start his own social movements. In March 2018 he launched the ‘End High Cost Credit Alliance’, aimed at tackling the unfair targeting of high cost credit to those who can least afford it.

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