Press release: Departure of chief executive

The Welsh Centre for International Affairs’ Chief Executive, Susie Ventris-Field will leave WCIA in March 2024 to take up the role of CEO at Oasis Cardiff.

Since joining the WCIA as a volunteer 12 years ago, Susie became Deputy Chief Executive in 2013, then Chief Executive in 2018. In this time, the organisation has grown to include vital work on global solidarity, climate change, peace, international exchange, global learning and global responsibility. This time has included merging with the international exchange charity UNA Exchange, launching the movement- led Climate Cymru partnership and establishing the hosting of Wales’ first Peace Institute, Academi Heddwch.

Over this period, WCIA has supported over 20,000 people to take action on the global issues that matter the most to them, and over 100,000 to develop as active global citizens. There has also been progress in supporting understanding of what it means to be a globally responsible nation under the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

“I’m proud of the work WCIA does in inspiring people across Wales to believe they can make a difference on global issues, and to come together to take impactful action. There is an incredible team at the organisation who create an inclusive and creative culture and will continue the amazing work as a new Chief Executive joins the team”

Sara Whittam, co-chair of WCIA’s Board, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Susie for her leadership as the WCIA Chief Executive. She has worked tirelessly to realise the vision of the WCIA, and seen opportunities to innovate during times of change and significant challenge. We know Oasis will benefit from her positivity and passion, and we look forward to find the next person to lead the WCIA through our next strategic chapter ‘

The WCIA Board will be recruiting a new Chief Executive in early 2024.