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About Us

The Bevan Foundation is an independent, non-political think tank which develops ideas to make Wales fair, prosperous and sustainable.

Our ideas are based on robust evidence, and shape public policy and practice.

We are a registered charity no. 1104191 and a company limited by guarantee.


Our vision, values and strategy

leaflet imageOur vision is of a fair, prosperous and sustainable Wales, where everyone has a decent quality of life and good opportunities no matter who they are.

Our values are high standards, independence and transparency in everything we do, without fear or favour. Our statement on independence is here.

Our ambition is to generate 100 new ideas to change Wales and improve people’s lives. We draw on evidence such as statistics and people’s experiences, to inform our solutions, and we persuade governments, public bodies, the third sector, businesses and individuals to take action.

Our strategy for achieving this is here.

The difference we make

Annual review 2Our proposals are discussed and often adopted by a wide range of public and third sector organisations as well as by businesses and individuals.  Our news page provides updates as they happen, and our Annual Review rounds up the difference we’ve made over a year.

Since we were established, 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:difference-we-made-2016

Our team

Staff:

Our Director is Dr Victoria Winckler, who is a leading contributor to public policy in Wales.  Read her biography here.

The other staff team are:

  • Nisreen Mansour, Policy & Research Officer
  • Sharon Hill, Office Manager
  • Rachael Simmonds, Finance Officer
  • Lucy Williams, Policy & Research Officer

Trustees:

Our Chair, Vivienne Sugar, leads our board of trustees. She is a consultant working with organisations across the UK, and was previously chair of Consumer Focus Wales, 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.

We are also grateful to Discount Displays for supporting our work by providing us with display stands.

Subscriptions and Donations

Individ A6 extractHundreds of organisations and individuals subscribe to the Bevan Foundation and enjoy unique insights and opportunities to learn and network with others. They also help to maintain our independence.

Find out more about the benefits of subscribing.

Grants and Commissions

Specific projects are supported by charitable trusts and foundations, and occasionally by public or third sector bodies and businesses.  Recent clients and funders include:

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • Oxfam Cymru.

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

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In Print

Subscribers' Magazine

Exchange – Issue 8

Looking to the Local The latest edition of our exclusive subscribers’ magazine considers the role of ‘the local’ in Welsh public policy. An eclectic mix of contributors look at how place-based initiatives have worked in Wales, as well as what should be Read more »

Exchange – Issue 7

‘Resilient communities’ is a phrase that’s been hard to avoid in recent months and is central to the discussions about the future of Communities First.  Great though it sounds, it is much less clear what resilience means or how it Read more »

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Other Publications

Taking the Valleys Forward

Taking the Valleys Forward: how the Valleys Taskforce can build prosperity and security This short paper brings together some of the Bevan Foundation’s recent work on the economy and labour market into a set of proposals for that would help Read more »

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