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

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.

Alison is returning to work after time out with her two children, she brings with her a finance background spanning over 20 years. Starting as a Junior within the telecommunication industry, she then enjoyed over 10 years working in the building sector.
After moving to Wales from Cambridgeshire, she worked her way to Finance Manager with a recruitment company, where she remained for 10 years before starting her family.
Alison enjoys song-writing and music in her spare time – she is also a qualified Reiki Master Practitioner and Life coach.

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 is Chair of Wales PEN Cymru.

Marine Furet is pictured smiling in Bute Park, Cardiff. She is wearing a colourful shirt.

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.