Celebrated speaker Roy Noble the star guest at Llanelli Rotary Club President's Night


The new President of Llanelli Rotary Club has held her first showpiece event of the year.
Mrs Susan Roberts succeeded Hywel Bassett as President of Llanelli Rotary Club.
She held her President's Night dinner at the Stradey Park Hotel.
Honorary Rotarian Roy Noble, the celebrated BBC radio and television personality, was the guest speaker.
Mrs Roberts has expressed her delight at taking over as club President and added that she was looking forward to a great year of community activities and fund-raising.
Mrs Roberts was born in Llanelli and attended the old Llanelli Girls' Grammar School.
After graduating in Institutional and Hotel Management, she went on to the King's Fund College for Officers (NHS) London as a management trainee.
She spent three years based at the college in London and having practical work experience at a variety of hospitals throughout Wales.
Mrs Roberts spent the next 27 years in the NHS in a variety of roles, finally becoming the Director of Facilities at the Prince Philip Hospital and the Trust.
Mrs Roberts was a visiting lecturer on Facilities Management at Strathclyde University Business School.
She undertook work with the World Health Organisation as part of the Health Promoting Hospitals Project visiting a number of centres across Europe.
She has always had a particular interest in health promotion.
When she left the NHS she did a period of consultancy work before moving to work for the British Red Cross as a senior manager.
She retired in 2013.
She has been a Rotarian since 2004.
In her first year as a member, she climbed Kilimanjaro and raised £10,000 for the Charity Hope and Homes for Children.
She has been a Trustee for Age Cymru Sir Gar since autumn 2014.
She is a Trustee of the Cambrian Heritage Regeneration Trust (formerly the Carmarthenshire HRT) and Llanelly House.
Married with one son, her interests include classical music and supporting young musicians.
The President's Night included entertainment by the Llwyth Y Llan vocal ensemble, under the baton of Lewis Richards.

About Roy Noble:
Roy Noble is a celebrated after dinner speaker.
Noble was born in Brynamman in the Amman Valley of Carmarthenshire, the only son of coal miner Ivor Noble and his wife Sadie. Brought up in Brynamman, attended Amman Valley Grammar School where fellow pupils included Vernon Pugh and John Cale.
Noble's early professional career was in education and in the latter years he was a Head Teacher of two primary schools in the County of Powys. One school was in Pontneddfechan, near Glynneath and the other in Llangattock, near Crickhowell.
During his years in education he attained several bursaries and was able to travel extensively in Europe to study education management systems. He also won a Page Scholarship under the auspices of the English-Speaking Union which allowed him to spend time in several states of the USA, undertaking a comparative study of education systems.
Noble's move to broadcasting was gradual and part-time, writing and presenting a weekly "Letter from Aberdare" monologue for the A.M. programme on BBC Radio Wales. He eventually joined the BBC in Wales full-time in 1985, and went onto present weekday magazine shows for Radio Wales for 27 years, winning high audience figures and a 1999 Sony Award. In September 2012, Noble began presenting a Sunday morning show for the station.
Television appearances have included a diet programme with Barbara Dickson and a series of Noble Guides covering many subjects from Paris to "Manliness and Mortality". The popular Noble Trails series also covered a journey along the "Celtic Rim" of Europe and more recently his series, Common Ground was highly acclaimed gaining him the Royal Television Society Award as Regional Presenter of the Year in 2000. He was a regular co-presenter on the Welsh language evening magazine programme Heno (Tonight) for seven years on S4C.
He was Chairman of the Wales Youth Agency from 1998 to 2001 and is often involved with public engagements and initiatives.
In the 2001 Queens Birthday Honours List, he was awarded an OBE for services to the community and for charity support in Wales.
He was also made a Fellow of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), and is an Officer of the Venerable Order of Saint John. In 2007 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Mid-Glamorgan. Roy has appeared as an after-dinner speaker at many organisations, clubs, and societies, including engagements in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Canada.
Roy is currently the Patron for Radio City 1386AM - The ABM University Health Board's Radio Service based in Singleton Hospital, Swansea.
He lives in Aberdare in the Cynon Valley. 

Photo top: Roy Noble with Llanelli Rotary Club President Susan Roberts and her husband Peter.







Photos:
Top two photos above: Llanelli Rotarians and their guests.
Rotarian Harry Griffiths and guests.
Rotarian Roger Stephens and his wife Ruth.
Llwyth Y Llan vocal ensemble perform at the President's Night at the Stradey Park Hotel.
Past President Hywel Bassett congratulates Susan Roberts on her elevation to the presidency of Llanelli Rotary Club.

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