Big Society Advisory Forum

Advising on how civil society can work in partnership with the Welsh Government.

The forum wants to identify the future contribution of civil society to the wellbeing of Wales in 3 areas:

  • social action - millions of people giving their time, effort, even money, to causes around them
  • public service reform – so that they are responsive to individual needs, inclusive, of high quality and provide value
  • community empowerment - creating communities with the power and desire to change

The forum discusses aspects of the Big Society in Wales and members present ideas for how the Big Society can grow in Wales. Members of the forum are appointed on a personal basis and are not remunerated. They provide high level advice and a Wales perspective to Wales Office ministers but do not have a direct policy role.

Terms of reference



Name Organisation
Bishop of St Asaph’s Church in Wales diocese of St Asaph
DC Collette Paul South Wales Police
Liza Kellet Community Foundation in Wales
Martin Brown Jobcentre Plus
Graham Benfield Wales Council for Voluntary Action
Simon Harris Business in the Community
Sharon Jones CREST Co-operative
Professor Howard Williamson University of Glamorgan
Derek Walker Wales Co-operative Centre
Philip Hubbard Reserve Forces and Cadet Association Wales
David May Rhondda Life

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