Dr Bernadette Fuge
Born and educated in Flintshire, Dr Bernadette Fuge is a graduate of the Welsh National School of Medicine and worked as a community paediatrician and partner in a Cardiff GP practice before joining the Welsh Office in 1990.
Following devolution, she held the positions of Principal Medical Officer, Head of NHS Quality and was the first Medical Director of NHS Wales in the National Assembly.
Dr Fuge retired in 2005 and became a trustee of Age Concern Cymru. Following the merger of Age Concern Cymru and Help the Aged in 2009 she was appointed as Chair of Age Cymru. She is also Chair of the Dementia Supportive Communities expert group within the Ageing Well in Wales programme, a member of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge Group, and a member of the advisory group for Action on Hearing Loss Cymru.
Dr Fuge was awarded the OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours in recognition of her work in the Welsh health and voluntary sectors.