Auriol Miller – Director

Auriol is the Director of the IWA, Wales’ leading independent think tank.

Auriol joined the IWA in November 2016 after nearly 20 years leading third sector organisations including internationally.  She has focussed on opening up the IWA beyond its traditional reach, as a more welcoming space for policy discussion and debate, and more reflective in its governance and operations of the Wales it serves.

The introduction of our new strategy has streamlined the organisation’s focus, enabling productive longer-term relationships with funders to maximise the impact of our research and policy projects.

Andy Regan – Policy and External Affairs Manager

Andy is Policy, Projects and External Affairs Manager for the IWA. He is responsible for making sure the IWA’s research and project portfolio is thought-leading, impactful and contributes to making Wales better. He is managing editor of the welsh agenda.

Andy joined the IWA from Citizens Advice Cymru, where he was Welsh policy and public affairs lead in their energy team, and co-chaired the Fuel Poverty Coalition Cymru. He has also worked for Ofgem, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, the Wales Office, and the Welsh Government.

Barbara Powell – Finance Manager

Barbara is responsible for the IWA’s financial management.

Barbara began her financial career with a main high street bank as a school leaver. Barbara went on to hold finance manager positions in agriculture, independent education and medicine. She qualified as a MAAT and gained an Institute of Business Management certificate in management. In 2004 Barbara returned to the “right side of the bridge” to become the Finance Manager for NewLaw Solicitors. Barbara joined the IWA as Finance Manager in September 2015, and works three days each week.

Dylan Moore – Editor, the welsh agenda

Dylan is responsible for editing the IWA’s magazine, the welsh agenda.

Dylan also works as an English teacher at Llanwern High School, Newport, and combines his work for the IWA with writing on literature, culture and society for a wide range of publications.

In 2018/19 he was the Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow.

Ellen Jones – Understanding Welsh Places Project Lead

Ellen is responsible for the Understanding Welsh Places Project.

Funded by the Carnegie Trust, Understanding Welsh Places aims to improve awareness of the needs of towns in local and national policy-development by creating a practical, mobile and interactive data tool that will enable policy makers and community groups to draw data-driven conclusions about Welsh towns. Ellen supports a group of expert stakeholders to shape the development, upkeep and promotion of this new website. 

Ellen joined the IWA from Sustrans Cymru where she was the Senior Policy Officer, she led a programme of policy and influencing work which brought Planning Policy Wales in line with the Active Travel (Wales) Act, and grew a love for place based policy. Previously Ellen held a number of leadership roles in membership organisations including President of NUS Wales and University of South Wales Students’ Union.

Dr Jack Watkins – Foundational Economy Project Lead

Jack is responsible for the Foundational Economy project.

Funded by CREW, the IWA’s Foundational Economy Project will focus on the long-term policy shift that is necessary for successful foundational sectors and firms.

Jack has a background in policy, research, community development and
participation, having worked for Qualifications Wales and in the voluntary sector.

Jack recently completed a PhD thesis on the influence of aspirations on educational attainment.

Laura Knight – Partnerships & Events Manager

Laura is responsible for the IWA’s external relationships. She develops our membership and partnerships, and runs the IWA’s busy events programme and office.

Previously Laura worked in TV and radio production for many years before becoming PA to the Managing Director of Panasonic Computer Products Europe, organising their biannual ‘Kick Off’ events. Prior to joining the IWA, Laura spent five years as Events Manager for an online automotive publishing company managing events in the US, India and Europe.

Llŷr Wilson-Price – Media, Communications and Engagement Coordinator

Llŷr is responsible for editing the welsh agenda online, keeping our members engaged with our work and ensuring the maximum reach and influence of the IWA on social and traditional media.

He spent four years at the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru firstly as an Information Officer and then as a Communications and Campaigns Officer.

Merlin Gable – Culture Editor, the welsh agenda

Merlin is a volunteer responsible for the cultural coverage of the IWA’s magazine, the welsh agenda, from essays and interviews to reviews.

As well as volunteering with the IWA, Merlin works for the BMA. He is also a writer and independent researcher, interested in communities and belonging in south Wales’s border country. Previously he was a member of the editorial collective of the Oxford Left Review and was its editor-in-chief in 2015.