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

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).

Simon Pickard

Simon Pickard

Simon works as Portfolio Manager for the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme within Elrha. Prior to this role he spent 8 years as International Development Fund Manager at the Cardiff-based grant giving charity the Waterloo Foundation. He has experience of grant management and partnership working across international development and humanitarian themes, working with a wide variety of international and local NGOs and academic institutions operating across Africa and Asia.

Simon has represented the WCIA on the Partnership Board of the Hub Cymru Africa programme since it was founded in 2015.

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.

Amy McGlinchy

Amy grew up in Cardiff and trained as a Solicitor at the Welsh Government. She has recently moved to London where she works for the Government Legal Department, but maintains close links to Wales. Amy became interested in international development while studying politics at University, and spent time working on development projects in India, Honduras, Peru and Ecuador. Until recently she was the Secretary of the WCIA, and is looking forward to taking on a different trustee role.

Colin Williams

Brought up and educated in South Wales, UK and Canada, virtually the whole of Colin's working life has been in Africa, substantively in Zambia, Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe, firstly with the DFID (as it was) orbit, then ActionAid and now, mostly, with the Egmont Trust which is a grant making charity, headquartered in Cardiff. The Egmont Trust gives grants to inspirational organisations based in east and southern Africa that are responding to the devastating and enduring impact of HIV and AIDS. 

Eira Jepson

Eira JepsonEira is a PhD student at Cardiff University’s School of Modern Languages, specialising in foreign language learning in schools in Wales. Her research aims to explore ways of improving policy and practice in Wales to promote language learning as an important skill, as well as an integral aspect of global education and citizenship.

Having grown up in North Wales as a bilingual Welsh and English speaker, Eira’s interest in multilingualism and multiculturalism has taken her to study and work abroad in Europe on several occasions, including in France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.

Before starting her PhD, Eira worked in policy and communications in the third and private sector in Cardiff, and at the European Commission in Brussels, with a focus on the area of equality.

Catrin Wyn Edwards

Catrin Wyn EdwardsCatrin Edwards is a Lecturer in International Politics at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. She previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa. She was awarded her PhD in International Politics from the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University in 2014 for a thesis on language-in-education policy and immigration in Catalonia, Wales and Quebec. Catrin has spent time as a Visiting Scholar at UQAM, Montreal, where she was based at the ‘Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité au Québec’, and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Catrin’s research interests include language policy and politics, immigration policy, linguistic diversity and multiculturalism, citizenship and sub-state governance. She also holds a MSc Econ in European Governance and Public Policy from the school of European Studies, Cardiff University. 

Prior to undertaking the PhD, Catrin worked as European Policy Officer at the Welsh Language Board.

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