Rosaleen Moriarty- Simmonds was born on 5 December 1960 in Great Britain. She was born without arms or legs as a result of her mother having been prescribed the drug Thalidomide during pregnancy; this has not prevented Rosaleen from leading a full and active life. She graduated from Cardiff University in 1985 with an honours degree in Psychology. In 1995, Rosaleen established the RMS Disability Issues Consultancy. She has brought disability and equality issues to the attention of many eminent members of the South Wales business and entertainment world through her business and community work.