Gorwel Management Board –
Photo from left to right: Huw Evans, Erica Dow, Prof Russell Deacon, Dr Meirion Morgan (Chair), Dan Roberts (Project Officer) Nick Webb, David Melding AM
Professor Russell Deacon BA (Hons), PGCE (FE), Ph.D, FHEA, FRHistS
Professor Deacon is administrative director for the think tank Gorwel. He is currently also a Visiting Professor in Welsh Governance and Modern Political History at the University of South Wales and lecturer at Coleg Gwent. Prior to this he was at Swansea University and Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he held a number of senior positions in the Business School and Department of Humanities. Professor Deacon has been a civil servant and worked in the Welsh Assembly on business policy creation and latterly as a policy advisor. He was formerly the Director of Policy for the Welsh Liberal Democrats in the period leading up to devolution in 1999. He has also run his own business and serves as a company director. Professor Deacon serves on a number of civic and public bodies and is currently Chair of the Lloyd George Society. He has written widely on the operation of business and government policy within the UK including: Devolution in Great Britain (2006), Devolution in the United Kingdom (2012) The History of the Welsh Liberals (2014).
Professor Deacon is also a councillor and Vice Chair in the community first area of St James, Caerphilly where he sits on Caerphilly Town Centre Group. He also serves a chair of the Lloyd George Society and holds various specialists posts with the WJEC and Qualifications Wales with respect to the A Level Government and Politics awards.
Prof Russell Deacon is the Administrative Director of Gorwel.
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David Melding AM
David Melding has been a member of the National Assembly for Wales since its creation in 1999. He is currently the President of Gorwel. Before entering politics David worked in the voluntary (not for profit) sector and was the Welsh director of a major UK campaigning charity. David was educated at Cardiff University (BscEcon in politics) and the College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA (MA in government).
He was appointed Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly in 2011. Although his Party, the Conservatives, initially opposed the establishment of the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament, David has argued the case for a federal Britain as the best way forward – a major shift in Conservative thinking which is now gaining ground. He is the author of ‘Will Britain Survive Beyond 2020?’
David has chaired several committees in the National Assembly: Standards of Conduct (2000-2002), Health and Social Services (2003-2006) Legislation (2006-2007) and the Audit Committee (2007-2009). When Director of Policy, Welsh Conservative Group, David was responsible for producing the Assembly Manifestos in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
Some of David’s other policy interests are children’s issues (especially Looked After Children), social enterprises and co-operatives, and mental health. He is also a keen campaigner on heritage and the built environment and takes a particular interest in the Victorian-Edwardian architecture of Cardiff.
Outside the Assembly, David enjoys walking, swimming and cycling.
Dr Axel Kaehne (FHEA)
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Director – Professor Russell Deacon
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Daniel is the Research and Projects Officer at Gorwel, based at the Temple of Peace in Cathays, Cardiff. He is also an MPhil/PhD candidate at Swansea University, where he is researching the entrepreneurship of EU migrants to the south Wales valleys and its links to economic development.
Dan graduated from Cardiff University in 2015, with a BA in History and Economics. He spent 6 months in Brussels working for the European Free Alliance in the European Parliament, before returning to Wales to work on the 2016 Welsh Assembly Elections and the EU Referendum. He then worked as the co-ordinator of the Wise Wales project.