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A strategic thinker, Bethan has extensive experience of both developing, and scrutinising, government strategy and policy with an excellent understanding of the political system at a UK, devolved, and local government level.

BETHAN WEBBER

As a civil servant, Bethan has worked at the Home Office, DEFRA, Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales across policy areas including childcare, criminal justice, emergency services and climate change. Bethan has worked closely with ministers, elected members, and senior officials, and has considerable board level experience. She maintains a broad range of contacts within government and stay abreast of political developments.

Bethan’s recent experience includes:

  • Trustee/member of several strategic boards and groups in Wales, driving the development of key policies and overseeing the implementation of plans and programmes. Including, most recently: trustee at WEN Wales and Clybiau Plant Cymru; the Foundation Phase Expert Group; the Early Years Programme Board

  • Reviewing the Fire and Rescue Service in Wales, assessing their continued effectiveness and value for money, making controversial recommendations to the Minister to tighten its governance structures and funding mechanisms

  • Led the smooth introduction in Wales of the controversial Police and Crime Commissioners, sensitively handling tensions between the devolved and non-devolved contexts and overcoming political barriers;

  • Member of the Better Business Case Scrutiny Panel, scrutinising Local Authorities business cases for capital funding under the 21st Century Schools Programme

  • Led key inquiries into high profile policy areas whilst Clerk to National Assembly Committees, particularly whilst Clerk to the Public Accounts Committee, and as Clerk of the former Equality of Opportunity Committee

  • Developing bids for European Social Funds