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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.  We are committed to equality, high standards, independence and transparency in everything we do.

In the next three years we aim to shape the Welsh policy agenda, framing the debate about how to improve people’s lives after the longest and deepest recession in recent history. Our work will be unique in Wales as we look forward to 2020 and seek long-term solutions to problems in post-recession Wales.

Our ambition is to generate 100 new ideas to change Wales and improve people’s lives. We will do this through:

  • Robust evidence
  • 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, including Welsh Government, local authorities, other public bodies, the third and private sectors.

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
  • Reducing health inequalities especially those caused by smoking.

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, shaping the public policy agenda and making a real difference to people’s lives.

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 chaired Consumer Focus Wales and has been Chief Executive of the City & County of Swansea and Pro Chancellor at Swansea University – find out more about the Trustees here.

Our funding

We are funded by donations and grants, and by subscriptions and commissions for which we operate as a social enterprise. Recent clients and funders include:

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Carnegie UK Trust
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Welsh Government
  • Age Cymru
  • Marie Curie Cancer Care Wales
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Our annual reports and accounts are available on the Charity Commission website. You can download shorter Annual Reviews here:
Annual Review 2014-15
Annual Review 2013-14 in English neu yn Gymraeg.
Annual Review 2012-13
Annual Review 2011-12

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Members' Magazine

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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 »


Exchange – Issue 1

Our new magazine for members puts all those working for social justice in Wales in touch with each other. With a fresh new look, new features and columnists and a focus on ideas and best practice, Exchange  offers:  opportunities to Read more »

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