The Institute was run by a small team who co-ordinated a network of academic and other bodies who were commissioned according to their subject expertise.
Andrew Connell works alongside Emily St.Denny works on an ESRC funded research programme on the changing relationship between the Welsh and UK Government, and the powers and policy levers available to Ministers in Wales. Prior to joining the Institute Andrew taught public policy and related subjects in universities, and worked in policy and service delivery in the third sector, in Wales and England.
Craig Johnson joined PPIW in January 2017 from Newcastle University where he is completing his PhD thesis. He gained a MA (Research) in Politics and a First Class Honours degree in Politics from Newcastle. He has worked as a Research Assistant and undertaken teaching at Newcastle. He will working on a range of assignments in our next work programme for Ministers.
Dan Bristow has particular responsibility for overseeing the assignments requested by Ministers. He has experience of working in Government and the third sector. Prior to joining the Institute, he was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office and worked in the Treasury, Home Office, Sustrans and Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Dr Emily St.Denny
Emily St.Denny works alongside Andrew Connell on an ESRC funded research programme on the changing relationship between the Welsh and UK Government, and the powers and policy levers available to Ministers in Wales. Prior to joining the Institute, Emily worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre on Constitutional Change at University of Edinburgh.
Emyr Williams has particular responsibility for leading the PPIW’s work on tackling poverty. He has experience of working in Local Government and the third sector. Prior to joining the Institute, Emyr was a Principal Research Officer at Cardiff Council and has also worked as a project manager for a youth charity and overseeing European funded projects in areas of high deprivation.
Mair Bell joined PPIW in January 2017 on secondment from Wavehill, a Welsh based company specialising in economic and social research. Mair graduated top of her class from her MBA at Cardiff Business School and holds a First Class honours degree in Modern Languages from Durham University. Mair will be taking the lead on some of the larger assignments in our next work programme for ministers.
Natalie Ross is responsible for PPIW’s central administration and communications. This includes HR, finance management, strategy development, website design and maintenance, production of publicity materials, promotion and planning of events, promotion of research and media relations. Natalie holds an MA in Journalism, and a PGDip in Publishing.
Steve Martin is Professor of Public Policy & Management at Cardiff Business School and Director of the PPIW. He is an expert in local government policy and has served as an adviser to the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments and the European Commission. Steve is the co-editor of Policy & Politics, one the leading international peer reviewed journals in the field of public and social policy.