Siân worked for thirty years in the public sector in Leeds, London and Cardiff, before being diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in 2015. As part of her road to recovery she solo walked the Wales Coast Path between September and October 2016 in aid of Cancer Research Wales and later became a Patient Leader at Velindre Cancer Centre.
Siân was a lay member on NICE’s committee on shared decision making, ensuring that patient needs were central to a new guideline aimed at mainstreaming shared decision making into health and care services. Sian joined the Patient and Public Sounding Board of Genomics Partnership Wales for the same reason – to ensure the voices of patients and their carers are heard in the development of Genomics policies.
Siân was until recently an advocate for water consumers with the Consumer Council for Water and she is currently the Wales member on the Communications Consumer Panel, whose role is to advise Ofcom and government on communications issues as they affect UK citizens, particularly older people, people with disabilities and those on low income.
Siân was born in Cardiff and lives there with her husband, Dan and border terrier, Ziggy.