Helen Molyneux

IWA Chair

Helen_Molyneux-1Helen Molyneux is a Fellow of the IWA.

Helen Molyneux became Chair of the IWA in March 2014, only the third person to hold the role in nearly 30 years.

Until recently Helen was the Chief Executive of the Cardiff-based law firm, NewLaw Solicitors, which she established in 2004. By 2010 it was in the top ten fastest growing companies in Wales, and now employs more than 480 people in Cardiff, Bristol and Glasgow.

Helen was born in Caerphilly and was educated at Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic School in Rhydyfelin. She trained as a journalist, working for a short while on a local newspaper, before studying law at Cardiff University. She qualified as a solicitor in 1991, working for another law firm, Eversheds, where she became a partner in Cardiff in 1994.

She was a member of the Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales for the second phase of its work on the powers of the National Assembly.  In 2011 she won the award of Welsh Woman of the Year, and in 2013 was named the Legal Business Woman of the Year by The Law Society.  She is a non-executive director of NewLaw Solicitors, Hodge Bank and


David Graham Stevens

David_Stevens-1David Stevens is a Fellow of the IWA.

David Stevens is Chief Executive Officer of Admiral Group Plc. Admiral is one of the top 3 car insurers in the UK and Wales’s sole FTSE 100 company.

Prior to joining Henry Engelhardt in setting up Admiral in 1991, David worked at McKinsey & Co in the Financial Interest Group, and Cadbury Schweppes in the UK and the USA. David is a graduate of Oxford University and has an MBA from INSEAD. David and his wife Heather (another of the founding managers of Admiral) set up The Waterloo Foundation charity in 2007 and he was awarded a CBE in 2010 for service to business and the community in Wales.


Eurfyl ap Gwilym

eurfyl-ap-gwilym-1Eurfyl ap Gwilym is Chair of the Principality Building Society Pension Trustees and a member of the audit committee of the National Museum of Wales and of the Investment Committee of the University of Wales.

He recently stepped down from the board of the Principality Building Society where he was Deputy Chairman and from NCC Group plc where he was a non-executive director. He has also served as a non-executive director of iSOFT Group plc and Eqos Limited. In 1999, he was one of a three man team responsible for floating the Terence Chapman Group on the London Stock Exchange and has since been involved in floating three other companies. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of BIS Banking Systems International, a subsidiary of Nynex Inc, and the Chief Executive of GE Information Services where he also served as UK National Executive for GE and as a member of the CBI President’s Council. His early career was spent with Unilever and Philips. He served on the Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales as Plaid Cymru’s nominee and is a past National Chairman of the party.


Nigel Griffiths
Honorary Treasurer

nigel-griffiths-1Nigel Griffiths is a Fellow of the IWA.

Nigel Griffiths is the Chief Operating Officer of Certus Technology Group a Newport based IT Services business. Co-founder and Commercial Director of Fifth Dimensions Systems, a leading provider of professional services and business software. He is a chartered accountant, and worked in management consultancy for Ernst & Young. Before setting up Fifth Dimensions he was commercial manager for BBC Resources Wales.


Gerald Holtham

gerald-holtham-1Gerald Holtham is a Fellow of the IWA.

Gerald is Hodge Professor of Regional Economy at Cardiff Metropolitan University, as well as Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, and Partner at Cadwyn Capital LLP. From 2000 to 2004, he was the Chief Investment Officer at Morley Fund Management as well as being a Global Strategist at Norwich Union Investment Management and a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, Europe. From 2004, Gerald has been an Independent Non Executive Director at BlackRock Greater Europe Investment Trust.

Born in Aberdare, he has also been a tutor at Magdalen College, Oxford, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, head of the general economics division at the OECD and, from 1994-98, Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. He was Chair of the Welsh Government’s Commission reviewing the Barnett Formula and is an adviser to the Welsh Finance Minister on strategic infrastructure investment. He is a visiting Professor at Cardiff University Business School and has received an honorary doctorate from the University of South Wales.


Professor Laura McAllister

professor-laura-mcallister-1Laura McAllister is a Fellow of the IWA.

Laura McAllister is from Bridgend and is Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre. She was formerly Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management.

Laura McAllister is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cardiff University where she completed a PhD in politics. Laura chairs the Presiding Officer’s Expert Panel on Electoral Reform. She was a member of the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for National Assembly for Wales that reported in March 2004, advisor to the Independent Panel on AMs Pay and Support in 2008-9, and a member of the Assembly’s Remuneration Board. Laura is a regular political analyst for BBC Wales commentating on Welsh and British elections. A former Wales football international and national team captain with 24 caps, Laura was Chair of Sport Wales until March 2016 and a Board Member of UK Sport. Laura is currently a Board Member of the Football Association of Wales Trust and Deputy Chairwoman of UEFA’s Women’s Football Committee.


Kevin Morgan

Kevin_Morgan-1Kevin Morgan is Dean of Engagement at Cardiff University and Professor of Governance and Development.

He is a co-director of the University’s Regeneration Institute and is widely published and specialises in the fields of Innovation, Spatial Development, Food, Sustainability, Devolution, Governance, Territorial Politics, Regeneration, Social Enterprise, Mutualism and Co-operation. Professor Morgan is also a board member of Cardiff’s City Region Board and is an adviser to the Welsh Government.


Frances Beecher

Frances-BeecherFrances Beecher is a Fellow of the IWA.

Frances Beecher is Chief Executive of Llamau; Wales’ leading young people and women’s homeless charity.

Frances steered the organisation through an extensive development programme from 28 staff to approx. 350 staff. Llamau now works across Wales and with nearly 5000 disenfranchised and vulnerable people a year. Frances was the founding member and Chair of Cymorth Cymru, Wales’ umbrella body for organisations working with vulnerable people in Wales. Frances played an integral part in the WG’s review of housing related support in Wales. The review and recommendations were published in October 2010 and approved by the Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration and the Cabinet. The implementation of the recommendations is being taken forward by a steering group and work streams; Frances is a member of the Governance work stream. Frances is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Change Management.

By profession Frances is a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and worked as a counsellor for many years. Her Masters was in PTSD in women experiencing Domestic Abuse. Frances has worked extensively in the Domestic Abuse Sector; starting off as a university student volunteering in Women’s Aid, she then worked in several Women’s Aid groups in England and Wales; her roles have included outreach, refuge worker and counsellor.



Helen Mortlock

Helen Mortlock, Legal Director Eversheds LLP, Biography

Helen is a Legal Director within the firm’s national education sector group and has worked in this group since 1994. She leads an all service team which acts for the majority of universities and colleges in Wales and SW England, together with a number of institutions in London and SE England.

Helen has been named in Legal 500 as being “highly recommended by clients for her work with higher education institutions”. She has also been appointed a Governor of a University. Helen is a regular speaker at external events organised by Universities. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

During the course of her career, Helen has undertaken a number of complex and high profile matters for Universities, including the reform of the model statute, the defence of claims brought by hourly paid staff claiming parity with standard academic staff, numerous restructurings, mergers and shared services initiatives, dealing with whistleblowing claims involving the research councils, and advice upon clinical academic contracts.