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Our People

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

 

Staff

Victoria Winckler

Victoria Winckler

Director

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.

Helen Cunningham

Helen Cunningham

Policy and Research Officer

Helen joined the Bevan Foundation in March 2019 after a period at the European Commission in the department for Regional and Urban Policy.

She holds an MSc in European Governance and Public Policy from Cardiff University. Her thesis research explored the dynamic between EU cohesion policy and Welsh economic development policies and interventions in the Gwent Valleys.

Helen is currently looking at economic resilience, exploring practical solutions to address and improve some of the structural issues at play in local economies of the south Wales valleys.

Helen previously held roles in local government and the third sector, working with Public Service Boards and as an adviser at the National Assembly for Wales.

Steffan Evans

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.

Georgina Lewindon

Georgina Lewindon

Marketing Consultant

Georgina started working with the Bevan Foundation as an independent consultant in November 2017.

A Chartered Marketer and CIM Wales Board member, Georgina has a Masters in Language and Communication Research and over 15 years’ experience of marketing across the not-for-profit, public and public sectors.

Now owner of Glew Marketing, she works predominantly with smaller organisations to develop and implement strategic marketing plans and manages a number of the Foundation’s communications, campaigns and events.

Dr Claire Thomas

Policy and Research Officer

Claire joined the Bevan Foundation in June 2019 after working at Opinion Research Services for nearly ten years as a qualitative researcher. During her time there Claire worked on a variety of projects including managing the qualitative work on Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Assessments.

In 2006 Claire graduated with a PhD in Political Science at Swansea University. Her thesis examined the provision of and delivery of services for asylum seekers dispersed under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in Swansea and Cardiff and the relationship between local authorities, the Welsh and UK Government and the private sector.

Claire is currently looking at migration and integration in Wales, exploring whether Wales would benefit from having an integration strategy.

Trustees

Vivienne Sugar

Vivienne Sugar

Chair

Vivienne Sugar works part time as Director of her own management consultancy, working for central and local government across the UK. She served eight years as Pro Chancellor of Swansea University, was chair of Consumer Focus Wales, 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.

Viv joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2014.

Mark Hooper

Treasurer

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.

Mark joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2014.

Sandy Blair

Trustee

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 Wales 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).

He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Gwent in 2014

Sandy joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2009.

Duncan Forbes

Trustee

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.

Duncan joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2014.

Michael Imperato

Trustee

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.

Michael joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2016.

Caroline Lewis

Trustee

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.

Caroline joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2016.

Professor Sally Power

Trustee

Sally is Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD), 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.

Sally joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2018.

 

Lynne Hughes

Trustee

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.

Lynne joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2018.

William Powell

Trustee

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.

William joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2018.

Anthony Hunt

Trustee

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.

Tamsin Stirling

Trustee

Tamsin is an experienced housing researcher and policy adviser who works as an independent housing consultant. Her research interests include governance, social policy, poverty/inequality, regeneration and homelessness. She was ministerial adviser on housing, regeneration and planning issues in the Welsh Government between 2012 and 2014 during which time the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 was developed.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a regular contributor to Welsh Housing Quarterly, a board member of Crisis, Cardiff Community Housing Association and Gentle/Radical, and a member of the Welsh Government’s Homelessness Action Group. Tamsin lives in Splott, Cardiff.

Tamsin joined the Bevan Foundation Board in 2018.

In Print

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Exchange, Issue 15 Autumn 2019

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! The latest edition of Exchange, Wales’ best policy and politics magazine, provides more insights into the current and important issues in Welsh public life. Our Autumn 2019 article includes: Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister […] »

Events »

Roundtable: The Welsh Benefits System – Housing (south)

The support available for low income families has a significant impact on their likelihood of living in poverty. As part of its project to better understand how that support is made available in Wales, the Bevan Foundation is delighted to […] »