Who We Are

SDMF is fortunate to have the following people who voluntarily support, govern, administer and monitor the work of the charity – so that monies are used highly effectively for medical research and education.

Quarterly Trustees' Meetings, and the work of Jane Clayton as Treasurer-Trustee, Dr Glan Rees as Honorary Scientific Officer and Jane John as Honorary Secretary, guarantee smooth operation and secure financial arrangements.

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  • The Rt. Hon the Lord Anderson of Swansea

    The Rt. Hon the Lord Anderson of Swansea

    Donald Anderson born and raised in Swansea and has enjoyed an illustrious career. He was a barrister, diplomat and a lecturer at Swansea University before entering the Commons as Labour MP for Monmouth in1966. He won the Swansea East seat in 1974 and was made a life peer in 2005. Throughout, Lord Anderson has championed the causes of education and healthcare.

  • Lowri Morgan

    Lowri Morgan

    Lowri Morgan is a BAFTA winning television presenter and a world class Ultra Endurance marathon runner, and is one of only eight athletes to have ever completed the notoriously difficult 350 mile non-stop footrace ‘6633 Ultra’ in the Arctic and the challenging Jungle Ultra marathon in the Amazon Forest. She has received many honours for her sporting achievements, adventure and exploration and is an Honorary Fellow of Swansea University.


  • Julian Hopkin

    Julian Hopkin

    Professor Julian Hopkin CBE is Chairman of Trustees. His background is in hospital medicine, clinical teaching and medical research. He has been Head and Rector of the School (now College) of Medicine in Swansea. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

  • Jane Clayton

    Jane Clayton

    Mrs Jane Clayton DL is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. She is currently Chairman of Bay Leisure Limited. She has lectured in Accounting and Business at Swansea University and was Practice Director at Graham Evans & Partners LLP. She has served as a Non-Executive Director at Finance Wales plc, a past President of Swansea Business Club and High Sheriff of West Glamorgan (2003-04).

  • Penny Roberts

    Penny Roberts

    Penny Roberts, a graduate of Swansea University, is a journalist and media consultant who spent much of her career working in television and radio as BBC Wales' Chief Reporter. She is currently a Director of Tower Media, a media training company which also specialises in the production of films for use on a variety of platforms. Penny has worked extensively with the NHS in Wales in her current role.

  • Paul Thorburn

    Paul Thorburn

    Paul is a former graduate of Swansea University (Microbiology) and now an Honorary Fellow, who on leaving University worked for Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, before joining the Welsh Development Agency, as part of their inward investment team attracting new companies into Wales. In the past 20 years, his work has focused on the business side of professional sport, attracting funding and sponsorship, as well as managing major sporting events and he now has his own business development consultancy working in an advisory capacity with a number of SME’s across Wales.

Honorary Officers

  • Dr Glan Rees (Honorary Scientific Officer)

    Dr Glan Rees (Honorary Scientific Officer)

    Dr Glan Rees is a retired Lead Biomedical Scientist. His research experience includes:- researcher at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Professor Peter Elwood’s team and original work on aspirin and coronary heart disease; research project supervisor for students on hospital clinical placements; and member of the Carmarthenshire NHS Trust Research and Development committee. He studied for his PhD at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and Cambridge University.

  • Miss Jane L John (Honorary Secretary)

    Miss Jane L John (Honorary Secretary)

    Jane John is Honorary Secretary to the St. David’s Medical Foundation.

    Joining St. David’s Medical Foundation in January 2016 Jane now shares this role with her administrative work for Swansea University. Jane leads on the management of the administrative service to the Medical School Marketing Team, working closely with colleagues across the Medical School.