Our President
Roy Noble

Roy Noble OBE, DL, O.St.J

is a native of Brynaman in the Amman Valley of Carmarthenshire, but he has lived for the past 30 years in Aberdare with his wife Elaine and son Richard.  His 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, Nr. Crickhowell. His move to broadcasting was gradual and part-time, writing and presenting a weekly ‘Letter from Aberdare’ on the A.M. programme. He eventually joined the BBC full time and his daily radio programme has attained the highest listening figures in Wales for a number of years, in 1999 receiving a Sony Award.

Television appearances have included a diet programme with Barbara Dickson; 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 for the year 2000.

He was a regular co-presenter on the Welsh language evening magazine programme ‘Heno’ (Tonight) for seven years.

Roy is constantly in demand as an after-dinner speaker at many organisations, clubs, societies etc. and these have included engagements overseas in countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Canada.

He was Chairman of the Wales Youth Agency from 1998 to 2001 and is often involved with public engagements and initiatives. He was recently awarded the OBE for services to the community and for charity support in Wales. He was also made a Fellow of UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) and is an Officer of the Order of St. John. In 2007 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Mid-Glamorgan.

Roy has been a popular and active President of Tenby Male Choir over many years, and with his wife Elaine, has made long lasting friendships with the choristers.