Due to technical difficulties we have been unable to post the retirement of Lord Rowlands in October 2013 and the inauguration of Sir Mansel Aylward in November 2013. But we are delighted to welcome Sir Mansel as President, and thank Lord Rowlands for his long standing and continued support of the Choir.

Lets take a look at our new President…Sir Mansel Aylward CB

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB MD FRCP FFOM FFPM

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB was born and raised in Merthyr Tydfil where he attended Caedraw Primary School and Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar School.

He studied medicine at the Royal London Hospital Medical College and was a General Practitioner in Dowlais, later specialising in Rheumatology.

In 1974 he and his wife founded Simbec Research in Merthyr Tydfil.

He joined the Medical Civil Service in 1985 at Cardiff and from 1988 to 2005 held several senior posts in the Department of Health and Social Services (subsequently, the Department for Work and Pensions) in Whitehall, whilst maintaining his home in Merthyr Tydfil.

He became Chief Medical Adviser, Chief Scientist and Medical Director at the DWP (1996 to 2005) and Chief Medical Adviser to the Veterans’ Agency, Ministry of Defence.

In 2005 he was appointed Chair of the Wales Centre for Health and Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University.

He became the first Chair of Public Health Wales in 2009, responsible for delivery of public health services at national, local and community levels in Wales.

He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2002 and Knight Bachelor in 2010 for services to health and healthcare. 

He is a visiting professor at several universities in Europe, North America and New Zealand.

In 2008 Sir Mansel was appointed Chair of the Bevan Commission advising the Minister for Health and Social Services on matters relevant to health and healthcare in Wales.

In 2008 the Minister commissioned him to review provision of health services in Merthyr Tydfil. The Keir Hardie Health Park in Merthyr Tydfil resulted from his recommendation in that report.

In 2013 he was made a Freeman of the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough.

He and his wife continue to live at the family home in Cefn Coed-y-Cymer, Merthyr Tydfil.


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