Dr. Victoria Winckler
Victoria Winckler is Director of the Bevan Foundation. She is a leading contributor to public policy in Wales, having worked in senior roles at the Welsh Local Government Association and Mid Glamorgan County Council before joining the Bevan Foundation in 2002.
She became involved in the very early development of EU programmes in the 1980s and 1990s, writing several multi-million pound programmes that brought funding to Wales and then spearheading the campaign which achieved Objective 1 (now convergence) status for West Wales and the Valleys. She went on to establish new ways of working between local government and quangos in Wales, contributed to the development of Wales’s concessionary fares scheme, the creation of Traveline Cymru and helped to boost Wales’s waste recycling rates.
At the Bevan Foundation Victoria has fought tirelessly for equality and social justice, helping to establish the Heads of the Valleys programme, co-writing the One Wales programme for government in 2007, and most recently putting welfare reform firmly on the public policy agenda. She has particular expertise on poverty, regeneration and equality issues, writing on and researching these issues extensively as well as commenting in the media and on the Bevan Foundation’s blog, and advising government on them.
Victoria was a non-executive director of North Glamorgan then Cwm Taf NHS Trust until its dissolution in 2009 and was a trustee of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action until 2012.
Anne-Marie is Office Manager at the Bevan Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2012 from a background in the third sector.Anne-Marie is an active school governor and trustee of a number of charities.
Following our Annual General Meeting on 7th November 2013, the Foundation has 11 Trustees responsible for the overall direction of the Bevan Foundation.
Sandy Blair is former Chief Executive of the Welsh Local Government Association and Newport City Council. Sandy was until recently a board member of the Health and Safety Executive as well as a Trustee of Growing Space, a member of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales and Chairman of the Monmouth Diocesan Board of Finance. He was awarded the CBE for Services to Local Government in Wales in 2005. Sandy is Chair of the board of Trustees.
Sonia Behr is a partner at Behr & Co., a legal practice in Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent. Sonia has a particular interest in family law.
Stephen Brooks is the Welsh director of the Electoral Reform Society. Prior to joining the Electoral Reform Society in 2011, Stephen was head of the Welsh Government’s independent advisory body on sustainable development (SDC). Stephen has previously been head of Oxfam Cymru, a director of Fair Trade Wales, and chaired the NGO coalition Stop Climate Chaos.
Dai is currently a member of the Creative Industries Advisory Panel, a trustee of the Bevan Foundation and a director of the not-for-profit digital company, Localist. Dai has enjoyed a prominent career in the music industry, becoming Managing Director (and later CEO of Sanctuary Music Productions. He returned to Wales in 2001 where he served as a member of the Arts Council of Wales, a Governor of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and as a non executive director of the Welsh Government.
Cerys Furlong is head of external affairs at the Open University Wales. She represents the Canton ward on Cardiff County Council. Cerys was previously a researcher at Oxford University and a case-worker for a number of politicians.
Jeremy Gass is currently studying towards a PhD at Cardiff University. He previously worked with the Workers Educational (WEA) in South Wales for 15 years and then at the University of Wales, Newport for 10 years. He is also a Trustee of WEA and volunteers with them.
Daran Hill is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Positif Politics, which he founded in 2006, and also co-editor of the online writing venture Wales Home. Previously he has worked in senior positions in Welsh public affairs consultancies as well as being the Campaign Director of Yes for Wales in 2011 and National Organiser of the similar campaign which won the referendum that led to the establishment of the National Assembly.
Jeremy Miles is a lawyer specialising in intellectual property having previously practised in housing and regeneration. He also brings to the board his experience of being a comprehensive school govenor, charity trustee and CAB advisor. Jeremy is also chair of the Aneurin Bevan Society.
Tim Palazon is a lecturer in the School of Education at UWIC. After graduating from Cardiff University as a mature student, Tim taught on access courses in an FE College, before joining the University of Glamorgan where he was a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods. Other activities include collaborative projects with voluntary and community based groups.
Simon Pickthall is a consultant with Vanguard Consulting Wales, which specialises in helping organisational leaders to improve their performance by changing their thinking about the design and management of work.
Prior to this he worked in a variety of roles at the Legal Services Commission. Simon is a qualified lawyer and has an MBA from Cardiff University.
Jaselle Williams is on sabbatical from her role as director of business diplomacy at APCO Worldwide, where she manages international, multi-office projects for corporations and governments. Prior to joining APCO, Jaselle was the European Union policy advisor to Cornwall and Devon, and also worked at the European Commission’s transport policy department in Brussels, and at the Commission’s representative office in Cardiff.