© 2019 by Rotary District 1180 Conference 2019

Speakers

Andy Ainscough

Adventure Parc Snowdonia

As managing director of Adventure Parc Snowdonia – formerly known as Surf Snowdonia – Andy has steered one of North Wales’s most impressive and successful visitor destinations from its unlikely beginnings to the remarkable success it is today. You’ll find the adventure parc in the village of Dolgarrog, around seven miles from the sea at Conwy. It’s an unlikely but magnificent sight to behold in the heart of the Conwy Valley: head-high waves powering down a 300-metre lagoon against a backdrop of forests, farmland and hills. And just a few yards from the village post office.

The world-first inland surf lagoon uses unique wave-generating engineering and technology to produce powerful and consistent surfing waves, generating waves every 90 seconds. Catering for surfers of all abilities from age 5+, it has attracted visitors from all over the world – more than 170,000 people visited the parc last year alone. A glass-fronted café, deli and bar looking out over the waves have made it a popular destinations for lunch, coffee and evening meals

Adventure Parc Snowdonia was built on the site of a derelict aluminium works once owned by global aluminium giant Alcoa. The factory, which opened in 1907, closed in 2007 with the loss of 100 jobs. The Ainscough Group bought the site and cleaned up 100 years of industrial waste and pollution in the pre-construction phase. Surf Snowdonia opened on 1st August, 2015.

Additional investment over the winter of 2018-19 has seen the adventure parc expand its offer significantly. New adventures coming for 2019 include a weather-proof multi-million-pound Adrenaline Indoors facility, as well as an Adventure Concierge service which will offer off-site activities like gorge walking, abseiling and coasteering in partnership with local providers. A lagoon-side Hilton Garden Inn will open in 2020, along with additional adventures including mountain bike trails and an adventure playground.A keen surfer himself, Andy grew up in Lancashire and now lives with his young family in Conwy, North Wales.


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Sally Kettle

Adventurer

Adventurer, author, speaker and event host Sally is the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West, and once with her mother! She has also taken part in the last leg of the World Clipper race and retraced WW2 heroine Nancy Wake’s steps across the harsh Pyrenees with former Olympic gymnast Suzanne Dando to honour Nancy’s contribution. Sally is an Ambassador for the Girl Guides and a huge supporter of Shelterbox, volunteering as part of the International Shelterbox Response Team. Her speeches are both hilarious and informative, and evoke a whole range of emotions, and her account of rough seas, wild storms, harsh living and encounters with sharks is delivered in stupendous style.


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Captain Bryan Pill

 

Bryan’s love of aircraft started when he was ten, watching aircraft landing at Guernsey Airport. Having completed RAF Officer training, Bryan went on to teach science in the UK, India, and Guernsey and then to work with the visually impaired.

Bryan joined MAF in 1992 serving as a pilot in Tanzania, Uganda and Bangladesh before returning to Guernsey with his family in 2003. After this, Bryan continued to serve with MAF overseas providing flying cover on short assignments in Uganda, Chad, Ethiopia and South Africa until 2014.

Although Bryan still flies, he has moved to a ground based role helping raise awareness of MAF in the UK and the Channel Islands, speaking for and on behalf of MAF, and looking for the next generation of staff to enable help, hope, and healing reach isolated people across the developing world.

Jennifer Jones

BBC Wales Today

Jennifer Jones presents BBC Wales' flagship evening news programme, Wales Today. A Welsh speaker, she has also presented Newyddion Naw on S4C and more recently, has stood in as a breakfast show presenter on BBC Radio Cymru. She has also presented Radio Wales' drive-time programme, Good Evening Wales and narrated the BBC Wales documentary series, 'The Crash Detectives.'

Jen has hosted events for CBI Wales and Bafta Cymru, and has had the pleasure of presenting the Wales Technology Awards and Government Procurement Awards in Cardiff. She was

also recently invited to present Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at St James' Palace and Buckingham Palace – and gave motivational speeches to young people from Wales.

Originally from Bangor in Gwynedd, Jen spent her 'gap year' working as an actor and travelling in Japan. After graduating from St Catherine's College, Oxford, she trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Then, following a decade working as a TV, theatre and radio actor, she joined the BBC as a broadcast journalist for Radio Cymru in 2009.

Originally from Bangor in Gwynedd, Jennifer now lives in Cardiff with her husband, Gwion, and their two children, Mali and Math.

The daughter of two very committed members of Bangor Rotary Club, Jen has very fond childhood memories of accompanying her dad to the ‘Sons and Daughters’ Christmas dinners at the Waverly Hotel, and of helping out at the ‘welly wanging’ and ‘tossing the wheatsheaf’ stands at the club’s annual Country Fayres.

Arthur Williams

Arthur is a highly regarded speaker and has worked with BA, Embraer Air and at both Paris and Singapore Air Shows to name a few.  His story is extremely inspirational and he is a testament to the fact that it is possible to succeed in the face of extreme adversity.