Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE
Brigadier Robert Aitken was commissioned in the Royal Regiment of Wales in 1977. He served as platoon commander, Adjutant, company commander, commanding officer and, finally, as Colonel of the Regiment. His final two tours in command were as Commander British Forces in Bosnia (2000-2001), and immediately afterwards in 160 (Wales) Brigade (2001-2003) - a period that coincided with a foot and mouth epidemic and a fire-fighters’ strike, both of which required extensive military support throughout Wales. His final few years in the Army were spent as a staff officer in a variety of personnel-related disciplines.
On leaving the Army in 2011, Brigadier Aitken worked for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for two years before taking up his current position as Regional Director Wales for Music in Hospitals, a charity that provides live music events in healthcare settings throughout the UK.
Brigadier Aitken is an Officer of the Order of St John Cymru and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Gwent. He was awarded the CBE in 2009. He is chairman of three military charitable trusts, a director of Firing Line Ltd (the charitable company which operates the regimental museum in Cardiff Castle), and Honorary Colonel of Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force. He lives on a smallholding near Cwmbran with his wife Joanna and sons Freddie and James.
(born 18 June 1971 in Mynyddcerrig, near Llanelli, is a Welsh international rugby union referee. He is an international and Heineken Cup referee and was the only Welsh referee at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. A former school technician at Ysgol Gyfun Maes Yr Yrfa Cefneithin and youth worker with Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, Owens was appointed as an international referee in 2005, and that year officiated his first international between Ireland and Japan in Osaka. Along with Wayne Barnes of England and Marius Jonker of South Africa, Owens made his World Cup debut in Lyon, France on 11 September 2007 for the Argentina vs. Georgia match. He is only one of two referees ever to be appointed to referee two consecutive Heineken Cup finals: Munster v Toulouse at the Millennium Stadium in 2008 and Leicester Tigers v Leinster at Murrayfield in 2009.