Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for delivering the Swansea Bay City Deal - governance, funding and economic impact across the region


This timely conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the delivery of the Swansea Bay City Deal, particularly following the Welsh and UK Government commissioned independent rapid independent review into the Deal.

Delegates will assess the Independent review recommendations, and discuss priorities for the Deal’s governance - including increasing the focus on the delivery of key projects, with the need to resolve issues surrounding levels of expertise and management involved in delivery teams, and how best to develop relationships between partners and increase collaboration.

We expect delegates to examine issues of accountability and effective project management - including more face-to-face contact between partners at project pre-scrutiny, and the appointment of a Project Director and the creation of the Portfolio Management Office to utilise expertise - as well as lessons that can be taken from more developed City Deals, and how that can be incorporated into the renewed project management structures through Integrated Assurance and Approval Plans.

With the Deal’s eleven projects being established across the region - in skills development, smart manufacturing, innovation, regeneration and life sciences, and seeking to build centres of research to support the regional economy - those attending will discuss how the Deal can be shaped as a single Portfolio - rather than individual, immutable projects - to deliver the intended ‘transformational change’ to the region and meet both community and business needs.

Those in attendance will also look beyond the immediate focus of the Deal’s projects and seek to identify areas where the Deal’s networks and governance structures could be used to support increased innovation and economic regeneration in the region, including through effective long-term investment. 

We expect this to include wider discussion including identifying business and skills needs for the regions industry and workforce, drawing more on the strengths of the region’s universities, and how projects within the Deal can complement and support the delivery of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, following the recent announcement of a reworked plan to deliver the lagoon without government financial support.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates