Dr Victoria Winckler
DIRECTOR, BEVAN FOUNDATION
Victoria has been Director of the Bevan Foundation since 2002 when it became operational. She has developed the charity into the most influential and high profile think tank in Wales today. She is responsible for the Foundation’s strategic direction, funding and delivery, research, policy development and influencing.
Victoria’s areas of expertise are poverty, inequality and economic development. In these areas she is responsible for the design and delivery for a range of a projects, from small commissions to multi-year programmes.
Victoria regularly gives expert evidence to the National Assembly for Wales Committees, including on the impact of Brexit and on inequality. She has also given evidence on Brexit to the House of Lords EU committee. She is a frequent commentator in Welsh media and occasional commentator in UK media, for example in the Independent, Radio 4 and BBC News at Ten on Brexit.
Recommendations made by Victoria have had a significant impact on Welsh public life. While at the Bevan Foundation, she has proposed new devolved taxes that are now being implemented by the Welsh Government, sought and secured Welsh Government programmes for the valleys, secured substantial additional funds to solve ‘holiday hunger’ and proposed the creation of a Welsh Benefits System of devolved support which the Welsh Government has accepted in principle. In previous roles, Victoria developed and led the initiative that secured Objective 1 status for West Wales and the Valleys, secured the highest level of assisted area status for parts of south Wales, and spearheaded the introduction of ‘equality measures’ in the work of then equality commissions.