Understanding and influencing Senedd Committees

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EventsTrainingEvent Date: Apr 5th, 2022

Join us for our half day training on how organisations can engage effectively with Welsh Parliament committees. 

We’re running our popular training on influencing Senedd Committees by popular demand. CPD certified, this session will give you the tools you need to enhance your engagement with these key bodies. 

What’s it about?

The Senedd’s business has a big impact on people and organisations and many charities, public bodies and businesses try to shape its activities and agenda.  This session will provide essential information and insights into one of the most important aspects of its business – committees. 

Why you should attend

This unique half-day training session will give you vital knowledge of how the Senedd’s Committees operate.  You’ll gain much more than can be gleened from the Senedd website, including understanding the importance of the committees, know about their remits and get insights into when and how best to influence their business.  The session will include essential tips and hints, and give behind the scenes insights. 


Attendees at the previous session said:

As a novice, I’ve benefited from a new found spark and confidence which this course ignited …a solid 5 Star CPD session!

I took part in a fantastic training session today with The @BevanFoundation on influencing the Senedd. It genuinely was incredibly useful. I would highly recommend joining their training sessions.


1. Welcome and introductions 

2. Why Senedd Committees are important 
Steffan Evans, Bevan Foundation

3. How committees operate
Rhys Morgan, Clerk to the Equality and Social Justice Committee, Senedd

4. Influencing and engaging with Committees
Gareth Thomas, Senior Research Officer, Senedd

5. How was it for you – people who have recently given evidence share their experiences
Richard Williams, CEO Community Foundation in Wales and Evelyn James, Diverse 5050 Campaign Manager, WEN Wales

6. Q&A with Huw Irranca-Davies MS
Please see below for speaker biographies


The training will be delivered via Zoom between 9.15 am and 12.45 pm.  There will be time for questions and discussion with experts as well as short breaks away from the screen. The number of places is limited to ensure that you have an opportunity to contribute. 

The delegate fees are highly-competitive, with discounts for Bevan Foundation subscribers.  If you’d like to take advantage of the discount you can join today.  Please note that booking fees are payable in addition to the delegate fee. 


The Presenters:

Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas is Senior Research Officer at the Welsh Parliament

Rhys Morgan

Rhys is Clerk to Welsh Parliament's Equality and Social Justice Committee

Richard Williams

Richard is Chief Executive of the Community Foundation in Wales. He has given evidence to several Senedd Committees, most recently to the Equalities, Local Government and Communities Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Bevan Foundation.

Steffan Evans

Steffan Evans

Steffan is Head of Policy at the Bevan Foundation and has extensive experience submitting written and oral evidence to Committees. As a result of our responses to the Equality and Social Justice Committee, it is now holding an inquiry into debt.

Huw Irranca-Davies MS

Huw is the Assembly Member for Ogmore at the National Assembly for Wales after he was duly elected in 2016 after being elected as the Labour MP for Ogmore in February 2002.

Evelyn James

Evelyn James is the Diverse5050 Campaign Manager at WEN Wales. She is a Legal Practitioner with a Masters in Human Rights, Gender, and Conflict and is currently completing an LLM Master of Laws in Legal Tech at Swansea University. She was previously project manager for the Women Empowerment Team at the Centre for African Justice, the Hague, Netherlands.


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