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November 16, 2019

Notes from a presentation made to a development programme for Welsh Government civil servants on involving communities in policy making

Delighted to have the opportunity to share some thoughts on the principles behind involving the community in the policy-making process...

October 18, 2019

I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring this morning’s session to a close in my roles as chair of WCVA, Size of Wales and also last but not least chair of Community Energy Pembrokeshire

I do though also have a relevant back story founder member of Climate Change...

September 9, 2019

One of the passions I brought back to Wales when I returned home in 2005 was the experience of being involved in the establishment of Teach First in London. Since then Teach First has made a substantial contribution to the transformation of schools in disadvantaged com...

August 12, 2019

This blog was part of a series  issued by the Carnegie UK Trust to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the publication of the Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress,

We can only measure progress if we know where we w...

April 2, 2019

This week's Weather Man Walking  on BBC Wales features Derek on his walk from Saundersfoot to Amroth with Bertie the Sea Bass being the star of the show - so as its my home patch here is the full story

Bertie forms the centrepiece of the award winning The Sea Litte...

March 22, 2019

I had opportunity to present on the role of the third sector at the launch of the Welsh Government's Low Carbon Wales plan   

"I am very grateful for opportunity to contribute to the launch of the Welsh Govenrment's decarbonisation action plan in my role as Chair o...

December 10, 2018

As independent chair of the Wales Marine Action and Advisory Group for the last 5 yeas I have had a perspective on the development of the Wales Marine Plan.  It has been a long time in the making with its origins in the 2009 Marine and Coastal Access  The plan aims to...

December 7, 2018


During the week when new legally binding climate change targets have been announced for Wales, latest figures show global emissions reached a record high in 2018, and leaders are meeting in Poland for COP24 I thought I should revisit  on the first report of the Climat...

November 24, 2018

As chair of Wales Council for Voluntary Action  I am sensitive to any charge that the third sector has been captured by Government funding – and as such noted comments made by Steve Thomas in his valedictory speech as departing CEO of the Wales Local Government Associa...

December 4, 2017

The Marine Litter Task Group was established by the Wales Marine Action and Advisory Group (WMAAG) to develop a  Wales Marine Litter Action Plan. The Task Group reported back to the WMAAG meeting in May, with a workshop session on the draft Marine Litter Action Plan.

Su...

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