To mark three decades of the IWA’s role in making Wales better, we decided to look forward to ‘the next thirty years’ by introducing some of the people who will be shaping ‘the Welsh agenda’ as the future unfolds. We have teamed up with PricewaterhouseCoopers and their #GreatWales campaign, which celebrates the ideas and people who contribute to the Wales of the future.
Noreen Blanluet, 38 is a Public Services Consultant
I grew up in France but my heart and future belong to Wales. In 2011 I co-founded Co-production Wales, a voluntary collaborative of citizens and professionals working to embed co-production at the heart of our services and our lives – my aim is to make our public services more inclusive, fairer, more relevant and more people-focused. Over the last couple of years I worked on a successful campaign to ensure that co-production principles were written into the Social Services and Wellbeing Act and underpinned the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. My professional focus is now on helping organisations implement co-production, working with service-users and communities to design more inclusive and sustainable services.
I have also been working voluntarily on Trade School Cardiff, which offers community-based learning on a barter basis, as well as co-founding the Cardiff Activists Café, a monthly event for activists and people effecting change in all areas.
The exact shape of my future is not yet clear but I know I will be striving to make a difference in Wales, in line with my values of openness, compassion, justice and fairness.
Each day, throughout the month of June, we are celebrating the exceptional people on the Next 30 list by publishing a short pen portrait here on Click on Wales, as well as raising their profile on Twitter using #IWAnext30 and #GreatWales to highlight the exciting contributions these people are making to Wales’ future.