Forthcoming events

The Policy Forum for Wales aims to provide the premier environment for policymakers in the National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Government and government agencies to engage with key stakeholders in timely discussion on public policy issues in the areas that have been devolved to Cardiff Bay, or otherwise particularly affect Wales.

The Forum has in place a programme of consultation with members of the National Assembly for Wales, senior departmental officials, regulators, industry representatives, charities and action groups, professional bodies and academics, local government and others. We welcome input from any individuals or organisations with an interest in issues relevant to Wales.

The Policy Forum for Wales is completely impartial and has no policy agenda of its own. Whilst we are grateful for support and any advice on themes that we receive from sponsors, all editorial decisions remain with the Forum in order to maintain impartiality.

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David Rees AM

David Rees AM

Prudent healthcare in Wales: challenges, practicalities and progress

Tuesday, 24th February 2015
Central Cardiff
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB, Chair, Public Health Wales, Director, Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research and Professor of Public Health Education in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University; David Rees AM, Chair, Health and Social Committee, National Assembly for Wales and Professor Marcus Longley, Professor of Applied Health Policy and Director, Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of South Wales

Professor Laura McAllister

Professor Laura McAllister

Curriculum reform in Wales: content, assessment, and the challenges for implementation

Thursday, 30th April 2015
Central Cardiff

Guests of Honour: Professor Sioned Davies, Chair, Welsh Second Language at Key Stage 3 and 4 Review Group, and Chair of Welsh and Head of School, Cardiff University and Professor Laura McAllister, Member, Welsh Government's Schools and Physical Activity Task and Finish Group, and Chair, Sport Wales

Reforming primary care services in Wales - workforce, funding, improving quality and access to care

Thursday, 14th May 2015
Central London

Guests of Honour: Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair, General Practitioners Committee Wales, BMA and Dr Paul Myres, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioner Wales

Ken Skates AM

Ken Skates AM

William Graham AM

William Graham AM

The future of Welsh tourism policy

Thursday, 4th June 2015
Central Cardiff
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Welsh Government and William Graham AM, Chair, Enterprise and Business Committee, National Assembly for Wales and Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise and Skills, Welsh Conservatives

Moving towards zero waste - policy practicalities and developing the circular economy

Tuesday, 9th June 2015
Central Cardiff

Guests of Honour: Karl Falkenberg, Director-General for Environment, European Commission; Alun Ffred Jones AM, Chair, Environment and Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales and Spokesperson for Business and Economy, Science and Devolution, Plaid Cymru and Carl Nichols, Head, WRAP Cymru

Duncan McCombie

Duncan McCombie

Developing an energy efficiency strategy for Wales - policy priorities, lessons learnt and next steps

Wednesday, 1st July 2015
Central Cardiff

Guest of Honour: Duncan McCombie, Director of Operations Wales and Ireland, Energy Saving Trust

Jane Hutt AM

Jane Hutt AM

Infrastructure in Wales - progress, priorities and next steps for policy

Monday, 14th September 2015
Central Cardiff

Guest of Honour: Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance, Welsh Government

Tackling poverty in Wales

Tuesday, 15th September 2015
Central Cardiff

Guest of Honour: Christine Chapman AM, Chair, Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee

Professor Chris Taylor

Professor Chris Taylor

Building on the Foundation Phase

Tuesday, 20th October 2015
Central Cardiff

Guest of Honour: Professor Chris Taylor, Professor of Education Policy, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University and Lead Researcher, Evaluation of Foundation Phase Flexibility Pilots, WISERD

The future for housing policy in Wales

Tuesday, 8th December 2015
Central Cardiff

Guest of Honour: Robin Staines, Chair, Welsh Government Housing Supply Taskforce and Head of Housing and Public Protection, Carmarthenshire County Council

Reforming the planning system in Wales

Q2 2015
Central Cardiff

Priorities for regeneration in Wales

Q1 2016
Central Cardiff

In Production

The following issues are being considered for future events:

Education and Skills

  • Vulnerable Children
  • Initial Teacher Training reform
  • Apprenticeships
  • Cultural learning

Health and Social care

  • Public Health Bill
  • Mental Health
  • Integrating health and social care
  • Cancer delivery plan
  • Midwifery and antenatal care
  • End of life care
  • Eye care
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy

Society and Culture

  • Sport in Wales

Environment, Energy and


  • Environmental Protection and Biodiversity
  • Renewable energy
  • Integrated transport


  • Digital Wales
  • Agriculture
  • Creative industries
  • Supporting entrepreneurship

Patrons of the Forum

Peter Black AM, Angela Burns AM, Christine Chapman AM, Byron Davies AM, Keith Davies AM, Rt Hon the Lord Elis-Thomas AM, Rebecca Evans AM, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, Russell George AM, William Graham AM, Llyr Gruffydd AM, Mike Hedges AM, Mark Isherwood AM, Bethan Jenkins AM, Darren Millar AM, Julie Morgan AM, Eluned Parrott AM, Nick Ramsay AM, Jenny Rathbone AM, Aled Roberts AM, Simon Thomas AM and Kirsty Williams AM. Note: patrons take no financial interest in the Forum. Sylwch: Nid oes buddion ariannol i noddwyr y Fforwm.