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.
Elin LlŷrAccount Director
Elin Llŷr joined the team in January 2016, following over 7 years working with prominent politicians Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM and Helen Mary Jones AM on political campaigning, communications and event management in the National Assembly for Wales. She delivers events and engagement activity for a range of clients and leads on marketing within the company.
Harry ThompsonAccount Executive
Harry joins the team as he completes a Masters degree in Political Communication at Cardiff University. Whilst studying Politics as an undergraduate, he served as Chair of Cardiff Labour Students before becoming Chair of Welsh Labour Students. He has also worked for Labour politicians in Cardiff Bay, and served on Welsh Labour’s Welsh Executive Committee for two years.
Bridget JohnsonMonitoring and Business 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.
Louis MertensMonitoring and Data Officer
Louis is a Politics and International Relations undergraduate student at Cardiff University and focuses on research, data and design in the Deryn office.
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 National Assembly for Wales. She is currently studying for a Masters degree in Politics and Public Policy.
Daniel BryantMonitoring and Data Officer
Daniel joins the team having recently graduated from Cardiff University where he studied Politics and Economics. During this time, Daniel undertook a placement and internship at the National Assembly for Wales and then worked for Llyr Gruffydd AM. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Welsh Government and Politics.
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.
Lewis DaviesMonitoring and Data Officer
Lewis joins the team having recently completed a Masters degree in Welsh Government and Politics at Cardiff University. A keen sportsman, Lewis graduated with a first class honours degree in Sport Exercise and Science in 2017.
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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