Governance

The Welsh Centre for International Affairs is a registered charity (no. 1156822) and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The trustees meet regularly as a full board, as well as delegating certain responsibilities to their Development Committee and Finance Committee.

Sir Emyr Jones Parry, President

Our honorary President, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, is the former UK Permanent Representative at the United Nations.

Chrishan Kamalan, Chair

Chrishan Kamalan

Chrishan has been a trustee since 2013 and is also the chair of the Centre’s Legal Affairs Committee. 

He is a solicitor and works for the Welsh Government. He has a tendency to lead off legally related matters e.g. to advise the Board on the need to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and secure the free services of Geldards LLP. Chrishan is also given the funding source of the Wales Africa Partnership but does not take part in the decision making.

Chrishan is keen to ensure the best practice in terms of trustee governance, management by staff and enhancing the reputation of the centre.

Daniel Davies, Vice-Chair

Daniel lives in Cardiff and has two children. Since March 2015 he has been the Regulatory Strategy Manager for Welsh Water and has previously worked for many years in international affairs and global health. For five years he worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, and subsequently the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

After his move to Cardiff in 2009, Daniel worked as an independent strategy and policy consultant and as Project Manager of the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme, based at Save the Children. His areas of expertise are project management, strategy and governance.

Peter Sargent, Treasurer

Peter SargentPeter is currently the Consultancy Director at Mango. He is a qualified chartered management accountant, with over 14 years’ experience in the NGO sector. He has lived and worked extensively in east and central Africa and Russia as an NGO finance specialist and freelance consultant before moving back to his current base in Cardiff.

His particular interest is building the capacity of NGOs in improving grant and risk management strategies at all levels. He has worked with Mango as a finance trainer and consultant, running courses in French and English around the world and offering insights, tools and new approaches to finance issues. He now leads Mango’s expanding Consultancy Service, while also delivering consultancy assignments directly, which involves managing a global team of specialists to help respond to NGOs needs for finance expertise 

Claire Cunliffe, Secretary

Claire CunliffeAs a trustee for the WCIA Claire has specific focus on engagement with young people and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.

She has a long standing interest in international affairs, which is reflected in her academic background in International Development with International Relations. Following a period of time studying, living and volunteering in Ghana, Claire has gained first-hand experience of development work at an operational level.

Claire currently works for the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) as a Senior Project Officer. Prior to her position with the Commissioner’s Office, she worked for the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) in the field of homelessness and supported housing for vulnerable people. She also acts as a trustee for the Welsh Refugee Council and is Vice President of the Council of Wales for Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS).

Ian Jones

Ian JonesIan currently works at Cardiff University, specialising in innovation and upgrading skills levels. His involvement with the WCIA dates back to the 1970s, when he was the then assistant secretary of CEWC.

During this time Ian designed the ‘World Development’ As Level syllabus which is currently still examined by WJEC. He has also been a high school head of geography and now leads a unit (DART- Developing Academic and Research Talent) that seeks to cascade university-led best practice through sharing new knowledge production techniques with pupils, teachers’ postgrad researchers and school leaders.

His main areas of overseas interest and knowledge are Nepal and Singapore, where he was a visiting scholar at the National University.

Rhiannon Hardiman

Rhiannon Hardiman

Rhiannon is Manager of the Rural Development Programme in Bridgend County Borough, where she has been working since 2008. She brings experience in programme governance and financial management to her role as a WCIA trustee.

She has a focus on improving wellbeing and diversifying the rural economy through innovation and community-led approaches, where her programme broadly includes working with local producers, rural tourism initiatives, community renewable energy and digital technology. 

Rhiannon previously worked in sustainable development and Welsh language focused roles with Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales and the Welsh Government. Her interest in international development started from studying tourism for her degree and later her PgDip in Heritage Tourism. Rhiannon has spent some time working in Gran Canaria and the USA and travelling in Australia and South East Asia.

Andrew Morgan

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Simon Pickard

Simon Pickard

Simon is an International Development Fund Manager at the Cardiff-based grant giving charity the Waterloo Foundation. He has experience of partnership working with a wide variety of international and local NGOs operating across Africa and Asia.  He has particular knowledge of programmes focused on water and sanitation, education, microfinance and family planning using community-led approaches and the promotion of female empowerment.  He has travelled widely in South America, Africa and Asia.

Since 2007 Simon has followed and contributed to the growth of the Wales-based international development sector and participated in the assessment of the UN Gold Star Awards for Wales-Africa community links in 2014.  He brings experience of establishing grant giving structures and working within a funding organisation to the role of Trustee at WCIA.  He lives in Cardiff and served from 2008-12 as an elected Councillor for Cardiff Council.

Darren Ralph

Darren RalphDarren has specific responsibility for Equality related matters as a trustee for the WCIA. His background in equality and human rights is shaped by various roles at the Valleys Regional Equality Council and later as one of the Community Cohesion lead’s for Wales. He now works as a Civil Servant managing All Wales remit. 

His earlier interests include World Religions and Eastern Cultures born from extensive travels in India as a child. He has contributed to the debate on declining patterns of faith and is the author of Secularising Religion.

Darren is keen to use his academic research, professional experiences and interests in international affairs to encourage global dialogue and activity through the mutual understanding of fairness, decency and respect.

Sian Stephen

Sian Stephens

Sian joined the WCIA board in February 2016, bringing with her experience of fundraising, international development and human rights.

She works as a Development Manager for the national youth organisation Urdd Gobaith Cymru, where her role focuses on securing corporate sponsorship and grant funding primarily for the charity’s national events such as the Urdd National Eisteddfod Annual Cultural Festival.

Prior to this, Sian spent eight years working in Latin America in communications, volunteer coordination, fundraising and finance roles for international NGOs Common Hope in Guatemala and Peace Brigades International in Colombia. She also spent a year working in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Sian is a graduate of the University of Wales Aberystwyth and has a Master’s degree from the Department of International Relations. She now lives in Cardiff.

Colin Williams

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