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.

Angela Charlton

Director, Ramblers Cymru

Angela joined Ramblers Cymru in 2008, coming from her previous role as chief officer with a council for voluntary services. She has over 20 years experience in the voluntary sector, working across Wales, Shropshire and Gloucestershire. She has experience in community engagement in both the rural and urban environment context. Her previous roles cover environmental education, fundraising, project development and management, countryside management and walk leading. Angela is from South Wales and has a real passion to see the people of Wales have every opportunity to flourish in a sustainable way whilst meeting the needs of the people and the environment.

Charlie Hargreaves

Community Investment Manager, Wates Residential

Bethan Harvey

Training and Living Wage Accreditation Officer, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales

Bethan became a trainer for our Carbon Literacy course in 2020 and is the training lead for the Open Carbon Literacy courses. She provides project support across the whole training programme and manages the training certification process. Bethan previously led on Living Wage Accreditation in Wales but will now have a more strategic focus– fostering relationships with employers on a place basis, widening our network across Wales and exploring different means of reaching employers.

Olivia Hughes

Social Value Development Officer, Flintshire County Council

As an experienced social value practitioner, Olivia is responsible for measuring and maximising social value across the Council, its services and expenditure. Her main focus is on the Council’s commissioning and procurement activities, supporting key stakeholders and Council providers to drive sustainable commissioning and procurement practices, driving value for money, and unlocking real and tangible benefits for local people, communities and businesses in Flintshire.

Since joining the Council in 2019, Olivia has devised and delivered a strategic programme to support the achievement of the Council’s Social Value Procurement Policy and Strategy. This has included the development of a Flintshire specific TOMs framework aligned to local needs, to measure and maximise social value through the commissioning cycle. She has also supported the development of a bespoke system used to support key stakeholders and Council providers to measure the impact they are creating locally during the life of a contract.

Olivia is also Vice-Chair of the North Wales Social Value Network Group, aimed to shape the regional delivery of social value, share best practise and support supply chain development.

Eleri Lloyd

Social Value Manager, Mantell Gwynedd CYF.

Eleri’s background is working within communities to encourage change and development. She has experience working with individuals, community groups and businesses from an education and skills perspective, and has then moved on to working within the third sector to encourage community development.

Currently working within Mantell Gwynedd, the Voluntary Council for Gwynedd, as the Social Value Manager. Passionate about promoting social value to help organisations improve their accountability and overall performance. Eleri is an Advanced Practitioner with Social Value International and supports organisations to measure and manage their social value. She is also an Accredited Trainer with Social Value International and delivers social value training to both third sector organisations and public sector. Eleri has presented at various events and conferences and also was on the panel at the opening discussions of the National Social Value conference in London in January 2020.

Dawn Lyle

Founder and Chair, 4theRegion

Dawn runs Swansea-based iCreate, a 3D flythrough and visual communications company working with many of the region’s major partners and developers.  She sat on the board of Swansea Bay Futures for 10 years, as well as serving on the board of Swansea Bay Business Club and the Swansea Foundation.  Dawn is a certified Appreciative Enquiry facilitator with the Flourishing Leadership Institute.

Edward Morgan

Group CSR and Training Manager, Castell Howell Foods

Edward is the Group CSR and Training manager for Castell Howell Foods, and has been employed by the company since 2001.

A business based in West Wales, Castell Howell have been Business in the Community (BITC) members since 2011. BITC have been instrumental in helping to guide the company on its journey to becoming a responsible business, with Edward adopting the corporate social responsibility position for the group of seven food manufacturing units and six distribution depots.

It is important that the Wales Leadership Board reflects the profile of the Welsh BITC members, from national and multinational companies through to regional operators. As intermediaries and manufacturers in the food supply chain, Castell Howell has a broad overview and appreciates the challenges businesses face from farm to fork. These encompass employing an ageing workforce, wellbeing and mental health in the workplace, initiatives with the education sector, and implementing the requirements of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, all of which are aligned and natural fits with the goals of BITC.

Anna Nicholl

Director of Strategy & Sector Development, WCVA

Anna leads WCVA’s work on policy and developmentmembership and communications, and has been the driving force behind WCVA’s plan for change and strategic framework.

Anna has been involved with a number of voluntary organisations, as a volunteer, trustee and staff memberPrior to joining WCVA she worked for the Alliance for Useful Evidence, based in Nesta. She is also a founding Director for Community Interest Company, Egino, which generates ideas on policy and practice to support sustainable wellbeing. Anna was Chair of Welsh Refugee Council from 2012 to 2016.

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.

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.

David Emery

Consultant, Supply Chain Sustainability School

David Emery began his career as an architectural technologist more than 40 year ago. He has worked extensively on residential schemes and has been involved in more than 50 developments that utilised offsite and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). He ran his own company for 15 years, specialising in B.I.M., MMC and DfMA and has delivered workshops and training in these subjects to more than 1,000 people. He joined the school full time in 2021 as their Digital and Offsite specialist.
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.

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.

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


Alwen Williams

Programme Director – North Wales EAB

Alwen is an experienced senior executive with board-level experience in a variety of roles across the private, public and third sectors in the UK and globally. A resilient leader, with excellent interpersonal, influencing and stakeholder management skills; she has a proven background in leading communications during organisational and cultural change. Passionate about brand and advocacy, she is a strategic thinker, demonstrates tenacity, flexibility and drive. Her collaborative leadership style focuses on building effective relationships, demonstrating personal integrity and role modelling behaviours that foster a foundation of trust and a compelling vision and strategy for the future.

Justin Price

Construction Director, BAM

Justin is a Construction Director at BAM and a member of the Regional Senior Management Team. He oversees all operations in Wales and is responsible for several live projects such as the Centre for Student Life at Cardiff University and the new Headquarters for Gwent Police. He has worked in the construction industry for 32 years and joined BAM 15 years ago as a Project and Construction Manager. As a member of the Regional Senior Management Team, he has overall responsibility for the planning function, Social Value, and Diversity and Inclusion. Justin is also a member of BAM’s LBGT Employee Resource Group, which raises awareness of the challenges of the LGBTQ+ community within the workplace.

Greg Parsons

Supply Chain Lead, Larder Cymru

Greg’s Parsons 35-year career in food and drink has spanned all corners of the sector from hospitality, marketing brands and production and to farming, working for the likes of Whitbread, Unilever and Dairy Crest before joining the boardrooms of SME’s. Greg founded Somerset Larder, a collaboration of SME food and drink suppliers who started feeding workers at Hinkley Point in September 2014 spending over £5 million PA with local suppliers. Greg also set up food supply collaborations in Cheshire and South West England and is working with Larder Cymru to open up more public sector opportunities for Welsh suppliers.
Sarah Hopkins

Director, Cynnal Cymru|Sustain Wales

Sarah joined Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales in 2020 and is responsible for the overall management and development of its activities and services throughout Wales and beyond. Her experience includes community engagement and leading on climate, environmental and social improvements in complex international supply chains. As the lead for Cynnal Cymru’s Fair and Just Society programme of work, she supports Living Wage accreditation and strategy in Wales, advises on the role of the living wage within the broader Fair Work agenda and how the transition to a net-zero economy provides opportunities for reducing inequalities.