Wales' most innovative and influential think tank

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About Us

The Bevan Foundation is Wales’ most influential and innovative think tank.  We develop lasting solutions to poverty, inequality and injustice and we help to improve people’s lives.

We believe Wales should be a nation of equality, justice and prosperity, a nation where everyone has a decent standard of living, a healthy and fulfilling life, and a voice in the decisions that affect them.  Instead, a shocking number of people’s lives are blighted by inequality, injustice and poverty, with little hope of change.

We are independent, are not aligned with any political party and do not receive government funding.   We rely on the generosity of our donors to make a difference.

If you share our vision for Wales, please support us today.

Our vision, values and strategy

Our vision is to see equality, justice and prosperity for everyone in Wales, to make ours a nation where everyone has a decent standard of living, a healthy and fulfilled life, and a voice in the decisions that affect them.

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 solutions that solve Wales’ problems and improve people’s lives. We draw on people’s experiences as well as expert insights to inform our proposals, and we persuade governments, public bodies, the third sector, businesses and individuals to take action.

Our strategy for achieving this is here.

We need your support to create equality, justice and prosperity for everyone in Wales


The difference we make

We are the most influential think tank in Wales.


Our solutions are adopted by the Welsh Government, other public bodies, charities, businesses and individuals.  Examples of how we have strengthened public policy in the last year are:

  • three of our recommended taxes were included in the Welsh Government budget
  • an inclusive economy is a central theme in Welsh Economic Action Plan
  • our proposal for ‘growth hubs’ has been adopted by Valleys Task Force
  • we successfully stopped proposals to scrap school uniform grant for children from low-income families.

Stronger democracy

We provided evidence to support challenge and scrutiny of decisions. In 2017/18 we:

  • Gave expert oral evidence to four National Assembly for Wales inquiries
  • Briefed senior politicians of four parties
  • Were quoted in Assembly debates several times a month.

Increasing understanding

We have increased collective knowledge and understanding by through high quality articles, reports and events

  • 34 online articles, 10 briefings and 13 reports
  • 63,000 website visitors, 8,500 social media followers.
  • 500 delegates at events
  • National, Welsh and specialist media coverage.

Our news page provides updates as they happen, and our Annual Review rounds up the difference we’ve made over a year.

Find out more in our Annual Review

Download your copy of our 2017/18 Annual Review below



Our team


Our team are based in a small office in Merthyr Tydfil

Director: Dr Victoria Winckler

Policy & Research Officer: Helen Cunningham

Policy & Research Officer: Dr Steffan Evans

Finance Officer: Rachael Simmonds

Marketing Consultant: Georgina Lewindon

Read their biographies here.


Our Trustees are responsible for the charity.

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.

Find out about the full board 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.


Hundreds of individuals support the Bevan Foundation, either with one-off or regular donations. Their support enables us to speak out, develop solutions and make a difference.



More than 100 organisations of all kinds benefit from the unique insights and opportunities to learn and network with others that we offer.

Grants and Commissions

Specific projects are supported by charitable trusts and foundations, and occasionally by public or third sector bodies and businesses.  Funders in 2017/18 included:

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Community Union
  • Community Housing Cymru
  • Universities Wales
  • Wales Co-operative Centre.

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


In Print

Supporter Magazine

Exchange Issue 12, Winter 2018

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! The latest edition of Exchange, Wales’ best policy and politics magazine that is exclusively for supporters of the Bevan Foundation brings together a fantastic range of contributors that delve into some of the most Read more »

Exchange Issue 11, Summer 2018

The magazine with its finger on the pulse! The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine brings together a range of contributors to explore some of the most current and important issues in Welsh public life. New free extract for Read more »

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Other Publications

Human Rights, Equality and Well-being

Following from the last two briefings on incorporation of human rights and accountability and enforcement of human rights, the last in the series discusses the relationship between human rights, equality and well-being. Throughout February the Bevan Foundation has published three Read more »

Human Rights: Accountability and Enforcement

Following last week’s briefing on incorporation of human rights into Welsh law, Dr Simon Hoffman explains how incorporation supports accountability for, and enforcement of human rights. Last week, Associate Professor at Swansea University, Dr Simon Hoffman, discussed incorporation of international Read more »

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May 7th 2019

Briefing: Solutions to Holiday Hunger

Lunch Briefing: Solutions to Holiday Hunger Tuesday 7th May 2019 12:15-13:15 Media Briefing Room, Senedd, Cardiff, CF99 1NA Kindly sponsored by John Griffiths AM The Bevan Foundation is delighted to invite you to the launch of its report “Solutions to Read more »

May 10th 2019

Film Screening and Director Q&A: A Northern Soul

The Bevan Foundation is delighted to invite you to a screening of the A Northern Soul, a film by BAFTA nominated documentarian Sean McAllister (A Syrian Love Story). Date: 10th May 2019 Time: Evening (exact time tbc) Venue: Redhouse, Old Town Hall, High Street, Read more »