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.
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.
Previously Laura worked in TV and radio production for many years before becoming PA to the Managing Director of Panasonic Computer Products Europe. 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.
Auriol Miller – Director
Auriol is the Director of the IWA, Wales’ leading independent think tank.
Prior to joining the IWA Auriol was the Director of Cymorth Cymru, the umbrella body for providers of homelessness, housing-related support and social care services in Wales.
Before joining Cymorth in September 2013, Auriol worked in international development for nearly 20 years in 5 different countries, including in leadership roles for Oxfam in Sudan and Russia, as well as in the DR Congo and Burundi. Her roles have included influencing national governments on policy and practice.
Dylan Moore – Editor, the welsh agenda
Dylan is responsible for editing the IWA’s magazine, the welsh agenda; he also assists with the editing of the Click on Wales online platform.
Previously, Dylan was a founding editor of the Wales Arts Review and worked for many years as an English teacher at secondary schools in Wales and Spain. He combines his work for the IWA with writing on literature, culture and society for a wide range of publications; he lives in Newport where he also works for The Sanctuary, a project supporting asylum seekers and refugees.
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.
Andy Regan – Policy, Projects 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.
Elinor Shepley – Understanding Welsh Places Project Officer
Elinor 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. Elinor supports a group of expert stakeholders to shape the development, upkeep and promotion of this new website.
Elinor has a background in public and third sector communications, having worked at the Welsh Government and in large and small charities. In recent years, Elinor has been working on the Technocamps schools’ computing project at the University of South Wales and has recently completed her PhD thesis on modern and contemporary Welsh fiction in English.
Llŷr Wilson-Price – Media, Communications and Engagement Coordinator
Llŷr is responsible for editing clickonwales, 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.