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Our People

Our people make us what we are.  Find out more about our staff and trustees below.



Victoria Winckler


Dr Victoria Winckler has been the Director of the Bevan Foundation since 2002, establishing it as Wales’ most exciting and innovative think-tank. Victoria is also currently Wales adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Victoria is a leading contributor to public policy in Wales. In the 1990s she developed the proposals that secured EU Objective 1 status for West Wales and the Valleys, in the early 2000s she galvanised the Welsh Government’s actions to tackle poverty and most recently generated robust proposals for new Welsh taxes which are now being taken forward by the Welsh Government.

Victoria frequently gives expert evidence to Assembly Committees, comments in online articles and speaks at a wide range of events. She is currently a member of the Ministerial Tax Advisory Group, and a board member of Traveline Cymru.

Victoria previously held roles at the Welsh Local Government Association, Mid Glamorgan County Council and Cardiff University and has served in public appointments and as a board member of several organisations.

Victoria holds a BA (Hons) in geography, MSc in Town Planning and a PhD.


Rachael Simmonds

Finance Officer

Rachael joined the Bevan Foundation in 2010 as Finance Officer, from a background in local government including in working in social services finance, rent and council tax.

Rachael now manages all aspects of the Foundation’s income and expenditure and is qualified to NVQ level 3 in business and administration.

Rachael took a career break in 2012, returning to the Bevan Foundation in 2014.

Lucy Stone

Policy and Research Officer

Lucy joined the Bevan Foundation in June 2017 after working as a project coordinator at the Trussell Trust and working with local NGOs in Kenya.

Lucy has a first-class honours degree in Social Sciences from the University of Glamorgan, an MSc in Development and Human Rights from Swansea University, and has recently completed an MSc in Demography, with a strong focus on migration, from the University of Southampton.

Lucy led our work on better opportunities for young people without 5 A*-C GCSEs. She is now heading up our work on immigration policy and social integration, with a particular interest in regional immigration policies and community integration.

Dr Steffan Evans

Policy and Research Officer

Steffan joined the Bevan Foundation in July 2018 after working as a participation officer at TPAS Cymru.

In 2018 Steffan graduated with a PhD from the Wales Governance Centre, at the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. His research examined the impact of devolution on social housing regulation in Wales and England, exploring how and why the law had diverged between both nations.

Steffan is currently looking at poverty in Wales and has a particular interest in exploring solutions for in-work poverty and in examining how the social security system could be improved.


Vivienne Sugar


Vivienne Sugar works part time as Director of her own management consultancy, working for central and local government across the UK. She also serves on the Council of The Property Ombudsman. She was Chair of Consumer Focus Wales until April 2014 when the UK Government transferred its functions to Citizens Advice, and until December 2013 was Chair of the National Regeneration Panel advising the Welsh Government. She served eight years as Pro Chancellor of Swansea University, seven years as a local authority Chief Executive at the City and County of Swansea and prior to that was Director of Housing in Cardiff and Newport Councils.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Housing and member of SOLACE, and has acted as a mentor for a number of people currently working in public services in Wales.


Mark Hooper


Mark Hooper is the founder of Indycube, a community interest company which provides flexible workspace to freelancers and micro-businesses at over 20 locations in Wales. He previously worked as a Management Accountant, supporting SMEs across South Wales with their business planning and providing investment support, and has extensive experience in the food retail and wholesale sectors.

Mark is also a founding member of Cardiff City Supporters Trust and an active member of Barry Town Council.

Sandy Blair


Sandy Blair was a Local Government Chief Executive for 20 years including 8 years with Newport Council and 3 years as Director of the Welsh Local Government Association. He was President of SOLACE (UK) in 2000 and was awarded CBE for Services to Local Government in 2005.

Subsequently Sandy has served on a wide range of public, Church and charitable bodies, mainly pro bono. Paid appointments included Non-Executive Director of HSE (2006-2012) and Member, latterly Chair, of the National Assembly Independent Remuneration Board (2010-2015).

Duncan Forbes


Duncan Forbes a housing consultant, and also a board member of Cardiff Community Housing Association. He was Chief Executive of Bron Afon Community Housing, a large mutual housing association, from 2008 – 2017. Duncan is also currently chair of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales.

A qualified solicitor, Duncan has also been the county solicitor at a south Wales local authority and has co-authored several guides on charity law.

Michael Imperato


Michael Imperato is a Partner at South Wales solicitors Watkins and Gunn. He heads its Cardiff Office and the Public/Administrative law department undertaking a number of high profile judicial review challenges. These have been mainly in respect of service closures, devolved issues and human rights.

Michael is also recognised as a leader in the field of claimant personal injury work. He is the principle solicitor acting for the trade union, Community, in Wales and the West. Michael is a former president of the Cardiff & District Law Society, a member of the Law Society Civil Justice Committee, Wales co-ordinator and a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury lawyers, Vice Chair of the Legal Aid Agency Special Controls review Panel, committee member of Public Law Wales and a visiting scholar at Swansea University.

Michael is a longstanding school governor, trustee of a charity for children with brain injuries and a Newport County supporter.

Caroline Lewis


Caroline Lewis held posts of Vice Principal of Coleg Menai and then Principal at Neath Port Talbot College and during this time carried out roles across Wales in educational policy and curriculum development. Once retired, Caroline became Chair of the Bureaucracy Reduction Group for FE for the UK Government and undertook projects as a consultant for the Welsh Government. She also took a Foundation Diploma Course in Art and Design and has been following up her interest in painting. Until recently she was Chair of Hafren Credit Union.

Caroline has a degree in Classics from Newnham College, Cambridge and speaks several modern languages, including Welsh.

Rachal Minchinton


Rachal is Head of Income Generation at City Hospice, and prior to that held senior roles at Llamau, Wales’ leading homelessness charity, and in various marketing positions.

Rachal is a passionate fund-raiser, with particular expertise in trusts, community, corporate, retail and event fundraising. She is currently Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Cymru.

Tegid Roberts


Tegid is the Director of a technology consultancy who works with Sony, Swansea University ,the National Assembly and the Cardiff City Deal.

He is also a Director of Indycube and is a member of the economic advisory board for the Secretary of State for Wales.

A Welsh speaker and passionate about the need to transform the Welsh economy.

Professor Sally Power


Sally is Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WSERD), where she leads a strand of work on ‘Generations’.  Her research interests are the relationship between education, civil society and inequality.

Before joining Cardiff University, Sally was Head of the School of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has also worked at the Universities of Bristol, Warwick and West of England.

Sally is an elected fellow of the Learned Society for Wales and the Academy of Social Sciences.


Lynne Hughes


Lynne is Director of the MS Society Cynru, a role she took up in 2014.

She began her career as a nurse before becoming a Public Health Specialist. She held a number of roles in the health service, including the RCN, and has also been the Wales Programme Manager for Oxfam as well as working for two Assembly Members.

She has previously represented St James ward on Caerphilly County Borough Council.

William Powell


William is President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and currently represents Talgarth on Powys County Council. He is a member of the Welsh Government’s EU Advisory Group and Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel. Since 1st May 2017, he has served as Transport Focus Board Member for Wales.

William was previously an Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales region 2011 -16,  when he was Spokesperson for the Environment, Rural Affairs and Sustainable Development. He also served as Chair of the National Assembly Petitions Committee, a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

Anthony Hunt


Anthony is currently Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council, having been elected to represent Panteg Ward in 2012. He is also chair of the Torfaen Public Service Board, a member of the Cardiff Capital Region Cabinet and WLGA Spokesperson on finance and resources.

Before becoming a councillor, Anthony worked as a political researcher at the House of Commons. He holds a degree in Law from Cardiff University.

Anthony joined the Bevan Foundation board in July 2018.

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Exchange Issue 12, Winter 2018

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