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.
Rhea Stevens – Policy, Projects and External Affairs Manager
Rhea is Policy, Projects and External Affairs Manager for the IWA. Rhea is responsible for making sure the IWA’s research and project portfolio is thought-leading, impactful and contributes to making Wales better. She is the Editor of click on wales, and managing editor of the welsh agenda.
Previously Rhea has worked in campaigns and policy roles, specialising in children’s and social care policy. Rhea has also worked as a Social Work Assistant and for a children’s charity in Russia. She is a trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, which supports individuals, groups and communities to have the skills and confidence to speak up, and take effective action on issues that matter to them.
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.
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; 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.
Halima Begum – Policy and Communications Officer
Halima is on a secondment from the Civil Service Fast Stream. Halima co-ordinates the Curriculum Reform Project at the IWA, aiming to work with Higher Education, Further Education, Skills and Business bodies in Wales and Scotland to understand what Wales can do to prepare for the implementation of Successful Futures.
As part of the Fast Stream, Halima has worked in BEIS on Plutonium Disposition Policy and in DWP on State Pensions Policy. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Halima graduated from UCL in Biotechnology and was elected as the Education and Campaigns Officer at her Student’s Union. She is interested in Education policy work and plans to pursue a career in the Department for Education.
Shea Jones – Re-Energising Wales Project Coordinator
Shea is responsible for coordinating the Re-energising Wales project.
Shea joined the IWA in April 2016 after working in a number of roles at Community Housing Cymru, notably influencing and developing energy policy, strategy and projects throughout his time within the organisation. Prior to this, Shea worked on a number of research contracts with UWIC University and Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association following graduation from Cardiff University with a Degree in Law and Politics.
As Re-Energising Wales project officer at the IWA, Shea manages and co-ordinates the IWA’s energy project which plans to deliver a practical blueprint for Wales which aims to boost the Welsh economy through a detailed programme of energy saving and generation to exploit Wales’ renewable energy resources. Shea’s interests include sports and sustainable development.
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 will be supporting 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.
Keith Watts – Smart Region Project Coordinator
Keith is responsible for coordinating the Smart Region project.
Keith is a chartered civil engineer who joined the IWA in April 2018 after a variety of construction industry roles. Most recently Keith delivered the Enabling Zero Waste Project at Constructing Excellence in Wales, which studied construction waste and worked to reduce, reuse and recycle it. Whilst at Constructing Excellence in Wales, Keith was seconded to Transport for Wales, where he gained a wealth of experience.
As the Smart Region coordinator, Keith is managing the development of the project, which aims to inform, inspire and catalyse action on the potential of the Cardiff Capital Region to become a smart region.
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 Welsh National Opera. 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.