2021 National Social Value Conference: Wales – Speakers

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Headline Speakers

Subject to change. Further speakers to be announced.

Sebastian Bachelier

Programme Manager – Living Wage Foundation

Sebastian joined the Living Wage Foundation in 2018 and is currently a Programme Manager. He leads the Recognised Service Provider project and oversees Living Wage Employer accreditation in the West Mildlands. Sebastian has previous experience of the public, private and third sectors; he coordinated enrichment opportunities for students in an inner city college in Birmingham, he worked on Senior c-suite leadership recruitment on behalf of the NHS and has volunteered for a number of community growth projects, including the Local Futures’ initiative as well as several Transition Town groups from across the UK.

Sebastian holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of East Anglia where he was heavily involved in the student union, being elected onto the Student Council and subsequently the Student Officer team and Union Trustee Board.

Guy Battle

CEO – Social Value Portal

Guy works cross-industry on developing social value solutions that deliver real and tangible value. He is passionate about the contribution businesses can make to improve society – one of the driving motivations behind the creation of The Social Value Portal.

Kellie Beirne

Chief Executive – Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

Kellie Beirne was appointed as Chief Executive of Cardiff Capital Region City Deal in mid-2018. The City Deal is a £1.28 billion GVA-growth and jobs programme, involving ten South Wales local authorities. She moved from a post as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Enterprise Officer at Monmouthshire County Council, where she gained a reputation for bringing innovation and innovative ways of working, often private-sector-derived, into the world of public service delivery.

She has previously been Director of Innovation and Enterprise and Chief Officer, Regeneration and Culture at Monmouthshire Council. Before that, she undertook roles in a South Wales Housing Association and in local authority Housing policy.

Kellie is Co-Chair of the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales and has been a Prince of Wales Innovation Scholar (POWIS).

Hannah Blythyn

Deputy Minister for Social Partnership – Welsh Government

Hannah Blythyn is from Flintshire in North East Wales. A proud North Walian she went to school in the constituency she now serves. Hannah was elected as Assembly Member for Delyn for the first time at the 2016 election.

In her first eighteen months in the Assembly she chaired the Cross Party Group for North Wales and the Mersey Dee Alliance and sat on the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills and the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committees.

Prior to being elected, Hannah led on political and policy work for Unite Wales, active in a number of successful campaigns that led to legislative action and positive change both in Wales and across the UK. She is also a former co-chair of LGBT Labour and was active in the campaign for equal marriage. On 13 December 2018 Hannah was appointed Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government. Hannah was appointed Deputy Minister for Social Partnership on 13 May 2021.

Outside of politics, Hannah likes spending time outdoors and is a keen cyclist, having previously taking part in a charity bike ride across Kenya.

Peter Davies

Chair Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Peter’s career background is in the field of corporate responsibility working for the Confederation of British Industry, Department of Trade and Industry and Business in the Community.

Peter was instrumental in the establishment of the Institute for Sustainability and resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at the University of Wales Trinity St David in 2011 where he has an associate role as Professor of Practice.

He was appointed to Chair the Dwr Cymru Customer Challenge Group in February 2016.  As well as being Chair of WCVA, Peter also chairs the Wales Marine Stakeholder Action and Advisory Group for Welsh Government, the Size of Wales charity and Community Energy Pembrokeshire.  He is a member of the BT Wales Advisory Board, WWF Cymru Advisory Panel and is Community Custodian for River Simple.

Richard Dooner

Programme Manager, Welsh Local Government Association

WLGA’s lead officer for procurement, facilitating the Heads of Procurement Network, supporting the reform of procurement in Wales. Richard is a keen advocate of social value, relationship-based commissioning and the reform of procurement as a lever for the delivery of local government policy.

David Emery

BIM and Offsite Construction Specialist – Supply Chain Sustainability School


Ian Evans

Procurement and Information Manager – Caerphilly County Borough Council

Ian has over 24 years of public sector experience and is currently responsible for Procurement and Information Governance within Customer & Digital Services. He has been actively involved in successfully delivering a number of high-profile collaborative projects within Caerphilly CBC and across the Welsh Public Sector. Ian leads a team of 22 highly motivated individuals with a strong emphasis on teamwork and a can-do attitude. This is demonstrated by the team’s recent achievements at this year’s GO Awards Wales and most notably Winners in the Social Value category.

Vince Hanly

Head of Procurement – Powys Council

Vince is currently the Commercial Services lead at Powys County Council. In his previous role in Rhondda Cynon Taf as Director of Procurement in Vince established the first Collaborative South East Wales Highways Framework and the SEWSCAP 21C schools framework incorporating the Welsh Governments Community Benefits toolkit. He also procured landmark civil engineering construction schemes at Porth and Church Village where for the very first time in Wales Community Benefits were included and delivered through the schemes. He is an advocate of collaboration in the construction and supply chain and many schemes have benefited from this way of working in his career.

Sophie Howe

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

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.

Jane Lynch

Reader in Procurement – Cardiff Business School

Jane is a Reader in Procurement for the Logistics and Operations Management (LOM) section. Aside from her research, Jane has extensive experience in personal tutoring and student experience, previously holding roles such as Senior Personal Tutor and Director of Student Experience for the Business School. Her research has included personal tutoring and international orientation, regularly attending and presenting at the LTSE Conference.

Jane is currently taking 12 months Scholarship Leave to focus public procurement, social procurement, collaborative procurement and the procurement of innovation. Jane is the impact and engagement lead for IRSPP (International Research Study on Public Procurement) and a long standing member of IPSERA. Jane provides procurement and collaboration expertise for a range of sectors including health and social care.

Steve Robinson

Head of Commissioning and Procurement – Cardiff Council

Steve has been Head of Commissioning and Procurement at Cardiff Council since 2006. In that time he has transformed the procurement function through the implementation of category management and ensured the Council is at the forefront of delivering socially responsible procurement. In addition to this role, Steve was the driving force behind the establishment of Atebion Solutions a Cardiff Council owned trading company of which he is Managing Director, and is playing a key role in developing the collaborative agenda in Wales as Chair of the WLGA Heads of Procurement Network.

Huw Thomas

Director of Finance – Hywel Dda University Health Board

In his early career, Huw worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in London, Bristol and Cardiff. Initially, his clients were within the banking sector before he specialised on NHS, local authority and third sector clients. Huw worked for the NHS in England before moving back to Wales to work for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Huw is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and served on their Governing Council. He has also been a trustee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and served as the chair for their Wales branch. Huw is currently the Finance Director with a lead for developing NHS finance staff across Wales through the NHS Wales Finance Academy.

Andrea Wayman

CEO – ELITE Clothing Solutions


Arnab Dutt

Chair – Federation of Small Businesses

Arnab Dutt is chair of the Social Value Policy Unit at the Federation of Small Businesses. He chairs the working group on Social Value Procurement on the Cabinet Office SME panel which advises govt on small business policy. He is a member of the National Social Value Task Force, a business owner, a Board adviser to a number of organisations and a passionate public advocate for the importance of purpose-driven business.

Darren Knowd

Chair National Social Value Task Force and Chief Procurement Officer – Durham County Council

Darren leads all procurement activity at Durham County Council and is Chair of the Local Government Association National Advisory Group for Local Government Procurement. He is also the Chair of the National Social Value Taskforce on behalf of LGA.