Dr Victoria Winckler has been the Director of the Bevan Foundation since 2002, following a career at senior levels at the Welsh Local Government Association and Mid Glamorgan County Council.
Victoria has established the Bevan Foundation as the leading contributor of independent, evidence-based proposals to make Wales fair, prosperous and sustainable. She has advised UK and Welsh Ministers on issues ranging from poverty to equality to public transport, been a member of a number of government task groups, most being a member of the Ministerial Tax Advisory Group. She has given expert evidence to Parliamentary and Assembly Committees, such as the Assembly’s External and Additional Legislation Committee, Finance Committee and Equality, Local Government and Community Committee. Victoria has also contributed to major UK-wide initiatives including the Commission on the Living Wage chaired by the Archbishop of York, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Anti-Poverty Strategy Task Group.
Victoria developed and lead the initiative to secure EU Objective 1 status for West Wales and the Valleys in the late 1990s, prompted the creation of the Welsh Government’s Heads of the Valleys Programme in the early 2000s and has spearheaded the calls for action to tackle poverty in Wales. Most recently she has initiated debate and generated robust proposals for new, devolved taxes and devolving some social security benefits.
Victoria is a regular contributor to the Bevan Foundation’s online articles, edits its magazine, Exchange, comments in Welsh and UK media such as BBC One Wales’ Sunday Politics, and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences and seminars.
Victoria was previously a non-executive director of North Glamorgan NHS Trust / Cwm Taf Local Health Board and a member of board of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. She is currently a director of Traveline Cymru.
Victoria holds a BA (Hons) in geography, MSc in Town Planning and a PhD.