Wales Said Yes – 20 years since the Welsh Devolution Referendum


Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA)


Preseli Room

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, CF10 5AL

Cardiff, Wales, GB, CF10 5AL

We are very pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Welsh Devolution Referendum.

Taking place in the Preseli Room at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, “Wales said Yes” will look back at the results of two decades of devolution in Wales, and to celebrate its achievements. This is an opportunity to discuss the lessons of the 1997 referendum, and how attitudes may have changed since then.

Confirmed speakers include:

 – The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales
 – Huw Edwards, BBC
 – Elin Jones AM, Presiding Officer, National Assembly for Wales
 – Professor Roger Scully, Wales Governance Centre
 – Leighton Andrews, Co-founder, 1997 Yes for Wales campaign
 – Bethan Lewis, Politics Reporter, BBC Cymru Wales


09.00 Registration and networking

10.00 Welcome from Auriol Miller, IWA Director

10.10 Panel discussion: “What happened in the 1997 referendum?”
– Leighton Andrews, 1997 Yes Campaign, author “Wales say Yes”
– Bethan Lewis, Politics Reporter, BBC Cymru Wales
– No Campaign speaker TBC
– Chair: Auriol Miller, Director, IWA

11.00 Keynote speech from Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

11.30 Coffee and networking

12.00 “Why Scrutiny Matters”
– Huw Edwards, Presenter, BBC

12.30 “The public reaction to Devolution since 1997”
– Professor Roger Scully, Professor of Political Science, Wales Governance Centre

12.45 The Voice of the Campaigners
– Jack Gillum, Director, CYPAW (ex Funky Dragon)
– Roy Thomas, Chair, Kidney Wales Foundation
– Cathy Owens, Director, Deryn
– Chair: Jo Foster, Managing Director, Lebedev Holdings

13.30 Lunch

14.30 Welcome back from Auriol Miller

14.35 The changing face of the Chamber
– Elin Jones AM, Presiding Officer, National Assembly for Wales
– Dafydd Elis Thomas AM, Dwyfor Meirionnydd
– Chair: Martin Shipton, Chief Reporter, Wales Online

15.20 “Did the 1997 referendum deliver on its promises for Wales? What governance challenges lie ahead?”
– Professor Laura McAllister, Professor of Practice in Public Policy, Wales Governance Centre
– Professor Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development, Cardiff University
– Helen Mary Jones, Swansea University
– Dr Axel Kaehne, Reader in Health Service Research, Edge Hill University
– Chair: Ashok Ahir, Director, Mela

16.20 Closing notes
– Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Director, Wales Governance Centre

16.30 Close