About Us

The Wales Public Services 2025 Programme is investigating the long-term financial, demographic and demand pressures confronting public services in Wales and possible responses. Hosted by Cardiff Business School and independent, the Programme is a unique partnership between Cardiff University and five national bodies in Wales: the Welsh Local Government Association, SOLACE Wales, the Welsh NHS Confederation, the Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Community Housing Cymru.

Our goal is to create a civic space in which public servants, civil society, politicians and people across Wales can engage in open, informed, radical debate on how our public services need to change and what we need to do to get there.

Established in 2012, the Programme works with national bodies, research bodies and think tanks across the UK, including the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Health Foundation, the Public Policy Institute for Wales, NESTA, Carnegie UK, the Wales Audit Office and others.

The Programme Director is Michael Trickey (TrickeyM@cardiff.ac.uk)

The work is steered by a Programme Board:

Kevin Gardiner, Global Investment Strategist at Rothschild, (chair)

Alison Ward, CEO Torfaen County Borough Council (vice-chair)

Steve Martin, Director Public Policy Institute for Wales (principal investigator)

Jon Rae, Director of Resources WLGA

Ruth Marks, CEO Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Vanessa Young, Director Welsh NHS Confederation

Stuart Ropke, CEO Community Housing Cymru

Rob Whiteman, CEO Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Martin Warren, Director for Wales, Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales

Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy Cardiff

Mike Phelps, professional adviser to the board

Reports published as part of the Programme have included:

  • Weathering the storm: a rapid review of international experience
  • The State of Innovation: Wales Public Services and the Challenge of Change
  • Scenarios for the Welsh Government Budget to 2025-26
  • Future pressures on Welsh public services to 2025

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