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.
Joe Rossiter – Policy and External Affairs Manager
Joe is responsible for delivering the IWA’s broad portfolio of policy and research. He is focused on delivering an impact which helps to create a better Wales for all.
Prior to joining the IWA in November 2022, Joe worked at Sustrans Cymru and Stonewall Cymru, where he helped to develop equality and sustainable transport policy solutions.
Maria Drave – Marketing, Digital and Events Manager
Maria is responsible for the marketing strategy, digital integration and events portfolio of the IWA.
Originally from Bulgaria, Maria moved to Wales in 2009. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Aberystwyth University, focusing on sustainable tourism and marketing, and spent a year studying in France.
Prior to joining the IWA in April 2021, Maria held an integral role at the Welsh Government’s business support service, helping build and improve the Business Wales brand through successful marketing and communications campaigns.
Alison Worrall – Finance Manager
Alison is responsible for the IWA’s Financial Management.
Dylan Moore – Media and Democracy Policy Lead & Editor, the welsh agenda
Dylan is responsible for coordinating the IWA’s media policy work, and has edited the welsh agenda magazine since 2015.
In addition to his widely published journalism, Dylan is the author of a collection of travel essays, Driving Home Both Ways, and the novel Many Rivers to Cross.
In 2018/19 he was the Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow, and has previously been a trustee of Wales PEN Cymru.
Harry Thompson – Economic Policy Lead
Harry is Economic Policy Lead at the IWA.
Funded by the Friends Provident Foundation to advance their mission of a ‘fair economy, better world’, his work aims to contribute to creating a successful, clean, green and fair economy for Wales.
Harry joined the IWA from Deryn Consulting where he worked to influence the political agenda in Wales for a range of clients with an interest in economic policy. Harry has previously worked in the Senedd for Vaughan Gething MS, and was the campaign organiser for Tonia Antoniazzi’s 2017 campaign in Gower.
He has a master’s degree in Political Communication and was previously a member of Welsh Labour’s Welsh Executive Committee.
Marine Furet – Media, Communications and Engagement Officer
Marine 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.
Marine has just finished her doctoral dissertation at Cardiff University. She has also worked at the Senedd and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, and has lived in Paris and Glasgow before moving to Wales. She has volunteered in various public engagement and academic projects in Scotland and Wales, and her writing has been published by The Conversation, the Wales Arts Review, and Plays to See.
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.