About Us

The Bevan Foundation develops ideas that change Wales and improve people’s lives. We use evidence to produce innovative solutions, and share knowledge and experience to shape public policy and practice.

We are a registered charity and are independent of government or any political party.

Our vision, values and strategy

Our vision is of a fair, equal and just Wales, where everyone has a decent quality of life no matter who they are.

Our values are equality, high standards, independence and transparency in everything we do – read our statement on independence here.

Our ambition is to generate 100 new ideas to change Wales and improve people’s lives. Our work is based on robust evidence, including unique analysis of government and other statistics as well as small-scale, qualitative evidence on the experiences of people affected by inequality and injustice.  Our Briefings, available on subscription, share our analysis with a wider audience.

Our strategy for achieving this is here.

The difference we make

We turn our ideas into action by working in partnerships and influencing others. Recent big ideas that have made a real difference include:

  • Action to tackle poverty by Welsh Government
  • Reducing gender inequality in the recession
  • Closing the gap in educational attainment between rich and poor children.

Since we were establsihed in 2001, we have published more than 80 reports, books and pamphlets, more than 800 print and online articles, and more than 2,500 people have attended our events. We’ve shaped the public policy and debate, and made a real difference to people’s lives.

Find out more in our Annual Reviews:

Annual Review 2014-15 English and  Cymraeg.
Annual Review 2013-14 in English neu yn Gymraeg.
Annual Review 2012-13
Annual Review 2011-12

Our team


Our Director is Dr Victoria Winckler, who has more than 30 years experience in public policy in the public, private and third sectors. She is supported by a small staff team.


Our Chair, Vivienne Sugar, leads our board of trustees. She is a consultant working with organisations across the UK, and previously chaired Consumer Focus Wales, was Chief Executive of the City & County of Swansea and Pro Chancellor at Swansea University.

Our other Trustees bring a wealth of skills and experience from the public, private and voluntary sectors – find out more about them here.

Our funding

We are funded by a mix of donations, subscriptions and charitable grants, and by commissions for which we operate as a social enterprise. We do not receive funding from any political party.  Recent clients and funders include:

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Carnegie UK Trust
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Waterloo Foundation
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Our full annual report and accounts are available on the Charity Commission website

In Print

Members' Magazine

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Exchange – Issue 3

The latest edition of our exclusive members’ magazine is out now! The third edition of Exchange has an array of thought-provoking articles on topics such as Wales’s economy, health and equality. Our feature article by Professor Tony Travers looks at the Read more »

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Exchange – Issue 2

Exchange no. 2 has some of the best summer reading around! The issue kicks off with an inspiring article on the ‘common good’ by Steve Wyler, followed by hard hitting pieces on gambling by Mick Antoniw AM, the need for Read more »

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