The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”Steve Jobs, Former CEO of Apple Inc.
Established in 2012, Deryn brings together senior level, cross party experience in campaigning, government relations and politics in Wales. We want to talk to you about how we can help engage with communities, civic society and decision-makers at every level.
Meet the team
Huw Roberts has a distinguished career in public affairs, most recently as National Director for Wales for the Royal Mail. A former Chair of the IOD in Wales, he was previously Head of Marketing for BBC Wales. With extensive knowledge of government, Huw worked at the Department of Energy and No 10, was Head of Press at ITN and Director of Corporate Affairs at Swalec. He was also a Senior Special Adviser in the UK Government.
Cathy Owens previously worked as a Special Adviser at the Welsh Government, and played leading roles in the Carwyn Jones leadership campaign as well as the successful Yes for Wales campaign in the 2011 powers referendum. She has been a government relations specialist in Wales for 17 years and advises senior blue chip corporate clients.
Nerys Evans served as an Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales between 2007 and 2011, Nerys was Plaid Cymru’s Director of Policy and authored their 2011 Assembly Manifesto. She also served on the First Minister Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery – The Williams Commission. In 2011 she was appointed by the Welsh Government to be an Education Commissioner in Blaenau Gwent County Council and then served on the Ministerial performance board in the County.
Jo KiernanSenior Adviser
Jo has recently joined as a Senior Adviser, following 10 years working as a Senior Special Adviser to the First Minster, for both Rhodri Morgan and Carwyn Jones. She was previously a senior journalist and presenter at both the BBC and ITV.
Mia ReesAccount Manager
Mia Rees was previously the Senior Advisor to Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Education, Suzy Davies MS. Before that she worked for a number of high-profile Welsh charities including The Prince’s Trust Cymru and The Wallich. Mia brings local authority, Cardiff Bay and Westminster experience to the team.
Mathew NormanAccount Manager
Mathew joins the team from Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation Wales. During his time in AUK-BLF, he was an active member of Healthy Air Cymru, calling for a new Clean Air Act for Wales. Previously Mathew worked in housing policy, including the award-winning Open Doors project to increase access to the Private Rented Sector.
Bridget JohnsonBusiness Support
Bridget joins the team having previously worked in London for 11 years at a Management Consultancy. She obtained a Law and Politics degree from Nottingham University.
Lara StaceMonitoring and Data Officer
Lara joins the team as she studies for a Masters degree in Politics and Public Affairs. Prior to Deryn, Lara worked as a Senior Researcher for Foresight News, and as a News Editor at Newport City Radio. She has a strong interest in journalism and public policy.
Emily PembertonMonitoring and Data Officer
Emily is studying International Relations at Cardiff University and has a keen interest in the changing nature of the Welsh language and identity, children's rights, and anti-racism. She is looking to do a Masters degree focusing on international law.
Anwen JonesMonitoring and Data Officer
Anwen joins the team as she completes her Masters degree in Welsh Government and Politics, after graduating with a first-class honours degree in History at Cardiff University. She has a keen interest in Welsh history and the Welsh language.
Naomi WhiteMonitoring and Data Officer
Naomi joins the team having recently graduated from Cardiff University where she studied Law and Politics. During this time, Naomi also undertook a placement at the Wales Governance Centre, as well as an internship at the Senedd. She is currently studying for a Masters degree in Politics and Public Policy.
Some of the people we’ve worked with
- British Soft Drinks Association
- Cardiff Airport
- Chwarae Teg
- Food & Drink Federation
- Learning &Work Institute
- Smart Enegery GB
- Tidal Lagoon Power
From the Nest
For a bird's eye view.
Am olwg oddi uchod.
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