People and Culture Change Maker Lead
Louisa (Lou) is our Lead Peeps expert, responsible for all things HR, Culture & People Development with a bit of corporate governance thrown in for good measure. She has over 20 years experience in the field of Human Resources, having led people operations teams mainly within the Welsh housing sector and formerly within private industry. Lou is an HR game changer, constantly searching for exciting and progressive ways to craft a better future of work and move beyond traditional HR practice. She is Mum to two teenage boys and spends most of her spare time on the athletics tracks and rugby pitches cheering on her sporting young future generations. An avid lover of dance and known to belt out the odd karaoke tune when the occasion arises, Lou also loves to walk her very interesting bichon frisée/chow chow cross named Blake!
Change Maker Support
Emma’s role is one of Change Maker Support. Currently the team is working with public bodies to ensure the interests of future generations are placed firmly at the heart of all they do. Emma is a point of contact for several public bodies in Mid and South West Wales.
In her spare time she enjoys listening to podcasts and getting out in the wonderful Welsh countryside with her family.
Change Maker Support
Huw is one of our Change Maker Support roles. Currently, the team is working with public bodies to ensure the interests of future generations are placed firmly at the heart of all they do. Huw is a Point of Contact for several national public bodies and local public bodies in Mid and West Wales. Outside of work, he keeps sane by hiking, over-analysing films and playing bass guitar.
Change Maker Support
As a Change Maker Support, Colleen, is part of the team working with public bodies to ensure the interests of future generations are at the heart of all they do. She is the Point of Contact for several national public bodies and local public bodies in Southeast Wales.
In her spare time Colleen loves being outside, birding and doing things with her hands- gardening, sewing, pottery, baking, and anything in between. As a native of South Africa, she’s enjoying learning about and exploring Wales and is learning Welsh.
Team Support Officer
As Team Support Officer, Leah supports the whole team to ensure work is completed efficiently and effectively, from proofreading, formatting, signposting, contributing to correspondence and communicating accessible versions of reports. She is working to incorporate youth voice into the work of the Commissioner and to raise awareness of the Act in Wales. Leah’s passions for youth involvement steam from volunteering with Scouts Cymru as a Trustee and working with the Future Leaders Network on the G7 Youth Summit. She works to develop young people to be the best versions of themselves and to be effective leaders. Leah also loves anything outdoors involving mountains, water, a frisbee, or rocks (particularly volcanoes!).
Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
The Five Ways of Working will be at the heart of my work and that of my team – we will be the change we want to see in others”
With a remit set out in law to be “the guardian of the interests of future generations in Wales”, Sophie Howe is the world’s only Future Generations Commissioner.
Described by The Guardian as the “World’s first minister of the Unborn”, her role is to provide advice to the Government and other public bodies in Wales on delivering social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being for current and future generations and assessing and reporting on how they are delivering.
Sophie took up post in 2016 and has led high profile interventions around transport planning, education reform and climate change challenging the Government and others to demonstrate how they are taking account of future generations. Described by the Big Issue Magazine as one of the UK’s leading Changemakers, her interventions have secured fundamental changes to land use planning policy, major transport schemes and Government policy on housing – ensuring that decisions taken today are fit for the future. She has represented Wales at the UN the OECD and on a number of International Forums including Chairing the Network of Institutions for Future Generations.
Prior to this role Sophie was the first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales where she led programmes to tackle violent crime and violence against women and girls, focusing on early intervention and partnership working. She reformed programmes on substance misuse and offender management and led the first police programme designed to address childhood adversities.
Sophie has served as an Adviser to two Welsh First Ministers providing policy and political advice on communities, local government, equality and community safety where she led to development of Wales’ first legislation to tackle violence against women and girls.
She was an elected Councillor for 9 years from the age of 21 and she wrote the 2009 report of the Councillors Commission which led to legislative reforms on increasing diversity amongst elected members. She has a background in equality and diversity having managed the Legal Department of the Equal Opportunities Commission.
She is named in the top 100 Business Women in Wales, is a fellow at Cardiff University Business School and Swansea University, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a degree in law and politics. She lives in Cardiff with her husband and their five children.
Director of Policy, Legislation and Innovation
Marie is ‘adopted Welsh’ originally from France. She is our Director for Policy, Legislation and Innovation. She is a specialist in public law, the law of devolution, parliamentary procedures and now of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. And she loves it. She is part of the senior management team which helps develop and deliver the Commissioner’s corporate plan and priorities and design internal policies. Marie is responsible for overseeing work on monitoring and assessing public bodies’ well-being objectives, leads the work on the legal application of the Act in addition to her work with correspondence, transport and planning. Marie is also The Honorary Consul of France in Wales and she loves good food, good wine and nature.
As Involvement Artist, Sandy works with the whole team to ensure that our work is informed by meaningful conversations and that we engage with people from a wide variety of backgrounds across Wales. Outside of work Sandy is active with a number of community and environmental groups, and volunteers as a befriender. Sandy loves to be outdoors and close to nature, cycling, running or walking with friends and family and is a serial instigator of book clubs.
Our Solutions Architect maintains the smooth day to day running of our workplace. Susan also oversees management of all our IT systems including IT training, and supports with our HR function. She is a natural problem solver who is always looking for ways to maximise our well-being with an engaging and inviting workplace environment. The Solutions Architect also manages the Commissioner’s complex and fast-moving diary and logistics. Outside of the office, Susan likes to sew, bake, watch most sports and is a season ticket holder at Cardiff City FC.
Lead Change Maker: Public Affairs and International
Jacob is the Lead Change Maker for Public Affairs and International Relations at the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. His main responsibilities include advising senior stakeholders including Government Ministers to implement the Well-being of Future Generations Act. In 2019 he established the Future Generations Leadership Academy and has worked internationally to promote the world-leading legislation. He is Non-Executive Director of Literature Wales, a Trustee of Scouts Cymru and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. He is a former BBC Wales Journalist and is one of the alumni of the UNITE 2030 Youth Delegate Program.
Change Maker Support
Sam is in one of our Change Maker Support roles. Currently, the team is working with public bodies to ensure the interests of future generations are placed firmly at the heart of all they do. Sam is a Point of Contact for several national public bodies and local public bodies in Gwent. He is passionate about the work of the Commissioner and takes pride in helping to shape a globally responsible Wales that is leading the way in creating a fair and sustainable world for our future generations.
Team Support Officer
As Analyst Officer, Alice supports members of the team with research and analysis, particularly focusing on the delivery and follow-up of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales’ first Section 20 Procurement Review. Alice is also working with the Office’s Change Maker Support team, building relationships with public bodies to ensure the interests of future generations are placed firmly at the heart of all they do. Alice is a Point of Contact for several public bodies in North Wales. In her spare time, Alice enjoys hiking, learning to cook new recipes, and traveling.
Team Support Officer
Natalie is a newly appointed Team Support Officer working across the team in a wide support role. Natalie has an extensive background in team working and office management, supporting other people to fulfil their roles and reach their potential is what she enjoys doing the most. Natalie lives with her young family and two very pampered cats, and enjoys getting out to enjoy the great outdoors every chance she gets, or reading whenever she gets some quiet time (which is not very often!).
Communications Support Officer
As our Communications Support Officer, Hollie is responsible for producing our monthly FGC newsletter, organising translation and proofreading our English and Welsh publications. Hollie also supports Claire, Media Lead, with press and media work and supports our social platforms, website and design work. Outside of work, Hollie enjoys reading, logging her entire life in a bullet journal and rewatching Gilmore Girls for the thousandth time.
Change Analyst (Correspondence, Legislation and Policy)
Petranka (Pep) is responsible for dealing with the emails that are sent to our office by members of the public, different public bodies, organisations and, sometimes, elected representatives. She is also involved in the handling of requests for support and advice sent to us by different public bodies and organisations, as well as gathering and collating case studies of good practice. Her role also includes working with the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Commissioner in all aspects of legal advice work, handling sensitive and confidential information, conducting legal research and analysing the office’s public correspondence to detect systemic issues. Outside of the office, Pep likes to read fantasy books, take pictures of her dog, slowly kill her houseplants and complain about the weather.
Lead Change Maker
As a Lead Change Maker, Heledd is a member of management team and leads on a number of our work areas. Like the rest of the team, her main role is to work with the public sector to help them change their practice and culture in light of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, focusing mainly on the Commissioner’s interest in policy around ‘Skills for the Future’. Heledd works closely with Audit Wales on monitoring the progress of public bodies in meeting the legislation and helps to develop advice and resources to speed up change.
Heledd is from Carmarthenshire originally and speaks fluent Welsh, but now lives in North Cardiff, where she loves having a daily walk along the River Taff.
At university, Heledd was in a Gospel, Soul, Acapella and Pop choir called GASP!”
Helen Nelson is our Corporate Hero, taking a lead in organising our work and supporting staff with planning and delivery across the board. Working closely with the directors and lead change makers, key aspects of Helen’s role include challenging the team around impact and ensuring that we walk the talk – be the change that we want to see in others in all that we do. Helen has led organisations including Ymlaen Ceredigion and Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales. Originally from Aberdare, Helen now lives in Mumbles, spending over 10 years in Aberystwyth in between. She is active in her local community and her two young sons keep her busy. Helen’s hobbies seem to be attending children’s parties and walking her dog.
Finance and Corporate Governance Officer
Originally from South Korea, Sang-Jin has lived in Wales since 2004. He has responsibility for finance and corporate governance. Much of Sang-Jin’s spare time is taken up with his two dogs & baking cakes. He’s also an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga.
Policy and Research Officer
Louisa was a joint appointment by the Office and Public Health Wales. Her job is to think about the future and help public bodies do the same. This includes what might need to be done now to prepare for the future, what impact decisions will have in the longer term and what the future we want to create looks like. As part of her own efforts towards a better future, Louisa has worked for health and social justice charities and supports getting more women into public life. Louisa is happiest when she is outside, exploring the amazing beaches of Gower with her husband and dog, or getting overly emotional at musical theatre, books and too many TV programs.
Eurgain is a Change Maker at the office and leads our work on transport, decarbonisation and procurement. She developed the Future Generations Framework for projects and authored our recent “Transport fit for Future Generations” report. She is currently working on the new Transport Strategy, use of WelTAG guidance, Transport for Wales rail franchise and Metro, Low Carbon Delivery plan and procurement pilots. As mum of 2 busy boys spare time is limited but Eurgain enjoys spending time outdoors in nature, running & cycling, yoga, eating & drinking fine food & wine! She volunteers with Scouts and is a member of the Plastic-free Penarth group.
As Media Lead, Claire is responsible for sharing our stories with the media, both locally and globally, and is our point of contact with journalists writing about the Act, the commissioner and our work. A former journalist of 10 years, she’s been working in PR since 2013 for charities, agencies and businesses. She’s a Welsh and Spanish learner, and an advocate for sustainable fashion – one of her favourite things is rummaging in charity shops.
Team Support Officer
Kate has joined the team as a Team Support Officer and works on making our Future Generations Report and policy recommendations more accessible for Welsh Government and Public Bodies. Kate has a real passion for youth politics and outside of work volunteers with youth non-profits Youth Cymru, UK Youth and Future Leaders Network. Kate spends most of her time training as a Welsh international middle-distance runner.
Christian is one of our Change Makers. Currently his work includes the green and just recovery in Wales, supporting how we work with public bodies and Public Services Boards, using and applying futures approaches, and responsive advice. Christian also supports our work in other areas such as skills for the future, decarbonisation and transport. Away from the office, Christian can usually be found trail running, or introducing people to it, via his ‘Wild Trail Cardiff’ group.
International Partnerships & Networks Change Maker
Jonny thinks Wales is going to change the world – by showing how it is possible to fight social inequality and climate change all at the same time. He supports the team’s international work, leads on private sector engagement and is responsible for the Future Generations Leadership Academy. Jonny spends too much time reading about politics and eats too much pasta. He says his favourite musical is Little Shop Of Horrors but if you press him it’s actually Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
As Change Analyst, Eleri supports members of the team with research and analysis particularly focusing on equality. She is commissioning research into the likely impact of future trends on existing inequalities. Eleri has previously worked in the third sector, working on projects focusing on race and social justice issues. She is passionate about ensuring that the voices and experiences of Wales’ wonderfully diverse communities are at the heart of policy development. An avid list-maker, Eleri enjoys trying different crafts, gardening and reading then ticking items off her many lists!
Poet in Residence 2021
The 26-year-old poet and creative facilitator, from Penarth, whose work explores themes including womanhood, queerness, empowerment, connection, magic and folktales, and nature, was born and grew up in Barry.
Her year-long collaboration with the Future Generations Commissioner will see the young poet finding new ways to communicate the goals of the Act, one of which is a Wales with a vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language, and some of its work. The theme for this year is ‘Wales to the World’ – highlighting the importance of the Well-being of Future Generations Act’s vision and Wales’ role in the world.
Former Plaid Cymru AM and former member of PAC and chair of Assembly’s Finance Committee, member of Advisory Panel to Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Chair of their ARAC, trustee of Care and Repair Cymru, non-executive board member of the Welsh Revenue authority;
Retired Auditor, trustee and honorary treasurer for City Hospice Care and member of the CIPFA-Cymru branch executive
Former Chief Officer and Chief Legal Adviser with South Wales Police, member of the Board of Directors of ACPO, Chair of Association of Police Lawyers
Former Conservative AM and chair of PAC and Assembly’s Health, Well-being and Local Government Committee and currently Director of Practice Solutions. Chair of the Public Services Ombudsman’s ARAC