Consumer Focus Wales Board Members
Vivienne Sugar was appointed as the Chair of Consumer Focus Wales in January 2008. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing having previously been Director of Housing at both Cardiff and Newport. Vivienne was Chief Executive of the City and County of Swansea between 1995 and 2003. In 2005 she became Vice President of Swansea University and between 2005 and 2009 she was Wales Advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Vivienne was Chair of the Welsh Consumer Council between 2003 and 2008. She is also a Consultant to Government and Local Government.
Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick
Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick is the Managing Director of Inclusion21 Ltd, a company he formed in 2004, offering training and consultancy promoting equality and diversity. He taught Philosophy at Swansea University from 1983-1996, after which he took up a research and policy role for a national (GB) charity. Currently, he is a non-executive director of the Welsh Ambulance Services Trust, an associate at the Welsh Institute of Health and Social Care at the University of Glamorgan, and chairs the boards of trustees of St David’s Children Society and Arts Care/Gofal Celf. Formerly, he was chair of Unum’s UK Expert Review Panel, and of an advisory group to Health Commission Wales. He was also appointed Disability Rights Commissioner for Wales at its inception in 2000, staying in this role with the DRC until it ended in 2007.
Dr Malcolm Smith
Dr Malcolm Smith is a freelance writer on wildlife, environment and travel. He is a Member of the Board of The Environment Agency taking particular responsibility for Wales’s issues, and he chairs the Agency’s Water and Land Use Advisory Group. He took early retirement in 2004 from The Countryside Council for Wales where he was Chief Scientist and its Deputy Chief Executive. He was also a Council Member for the Welsh Consumer Council for 4 years.
Bob Chapman Esq.
Bob works part-time as a management consultant, mainly in the legal sector, and is a member of the Welsh Committee of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and a Member of the Board of Consumer Focus Wales. Following 25 years in advice work at Citizens Advice Bureaux and local authority Welfare Rights Units he joined the Legal Services Commission where he became the acting Wales Director before taking early retirement in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, a Trustee of the Bevan Foundation, the vice chair of a primary school governing body, and has previously been a member of the Trustee Board of Shelter Cymru.
Eifion Pritchard Esq
Eifion joined the Denbighshire Constabulary in 1961 and was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 1997 birthday honours and retired as the Deputy Chief Constable in 1998. On retirement he was appointed Chair of the Wales Ambulance Service and then became Chair of Postwatch Wales until it’s cessation in 2008. Eifion was appointed to the Audit Committee of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales in 2009. He was also a Council Member for the Welsh Consumer Council for 4 years.
Professor Marcus Longley
Marcus Longley is Professor of Applied Health Policy and Director of the Welsh Institute for Health and Social care at the University of Glamorgan. He was educated at the universities of Oxford, Cardiff and Bristol, and worked in the NHS for 14 years, in a variety of managerial and planning posts. He has been a Specialist Advisor to both the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee and the Welsh Local Government Association, and is a Board member of two third sector organisations. He is a member of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Self Care Board, and was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in 2008.
Professor John Williams
Professor John Williams is a Professor of Law at Aberystwyth University. He is a member of the Standing Committee Legal Wales and the CAFCASS Cymru Advisory Committee. He is also a trustee of Help the Aged UK and CAB Cymru. He was a Council Member for the Welsh Consumer Council for 4 years.