I am an experienced socio-economic and public policy researcher who, over the last 18 years, has occupied a number of key roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. I have a PhD from Cardiff University, where I am also an Honorary University Associate at the Sustainable Places Institute.

As a consultant I have worked with clients on a broad range of projects which are listed on my portfolio page. In addition, I was the first Chair of Glandŵr Cymru – The Canal and River Trust in Wales - between 2012-2015, which is the custodian of 2000 miles of inland waterways across England and Wales.


I have undertaken a number of other public service roles including chairing the First Minister’s Advisory Panel that evaluated the work of the Public Policy Institute Wales between 2013-2016. This Panel was established to provide direct policy advice to Welsh Government Ministers. I was also a member of the Future Landscapes Working Group that assisted Welsh Government with its implementation of the Marsden Report on the future of Wales’ National Parks.


I was Associate Director (Policy) at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), having previously been Senior Researcher at the Centre for Regeneration Excellence in Wales (CREW), and I have significant experience in policy development at local, regional and national levels.

As an expert in place-based sustainable local economic development and regeneration, in 2014 I developed and co-authored (with Professor Dave Adamson) the Deep Place Study of Tredegar, an innovative place-based methodology for developing economically, socially, environmentally and culturally sustainable communities.

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Caerphilly County Borough Council

Cardiff City Council (with Publicani Consulting)

ColegauCymru / CollegesWales

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (with Cynnal Cymru)

Federation of Small Businesses Wales

Gwynedd County Borough Council (with Publicani Consulting)

Learning and Work Institute

National Assembly for Wales

Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University

Torfaen County Borough Council

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Welsh Government