Julie James AM
Minister for Skills and Science

Kellie Beirne
Chief Officer for Innovation and Enterprise, Monmouthshire County Council & co-chair of the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales

Peter Fox
Leader, Monmouthshire County Council

Jess Hoare
Programme Manager, Y lab

Stian Westlake
Executive Director of Policy and Research

Meirion Thomas
Director and founder of CMI in the UK

Managing Director and Lead Executive Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Europe and Co-Chair Innovation Advisory Council Wales


Innovation Advisory Council for Wales – first Innovation Summit

Join us for breakfast and the day to find out how the role of innovation is being used in the public sector and business economies in the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal;

  • Come and learn more about the work of the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales and what it has achieved to date. Discover how it aims to drive forward Wales’ public service innovation agenda;
  • Partake in some participative sessions – be at the forefront of some public service innovation challenges. Listen to public sector bodies pitching their problems – join in and help provide a solution;
  • Come and hear more about the findings of the research into the possible establishment of a National Innovation Body in Wales – have your say and share your thoughts and ideas with the research team, this is your chance to contribute to the research;
  • Come and listen to the trends, social movements and technological breakthroughs Nesta believe will impact our lives over the next year;
  • Listen to some leading public service innovators.

Breakfast keynotes speakers:  Kellie Beirne, co-chair of the IACW and Chief Officer, Enterprise at Monmouthshire County Council, and Peter Fox, leader of Monmouthshire County Council.


Programme for the Day

This is a drop in event so don’t feel you have to stay for the duration – just come along to those sessions most relevant to you.

TimeAgenda ItemSpeaker
07:45 – 08:15Business Breakfast – Innovation in the Cardiff Capital Region City DealKellie Beirne and Peter Fox, Monmouthshire County Council
09:30 – 09:50Innovation Advisory Council for Wales: Setting Wales’ innovation agendaIan Menzies and
Kellie Beirne, IACW Co-chairs
09:50 – 10:50
Steering, rowing, cheering: A National Innovation Body for WalesMeirion Thomas, CM International
11:00 – 11:30
Julie James AM, Minister for Skills and ScienceJulie James AM, Minister for Skills and Science
11:30 – 13:00Our problems, your solutions MoreJess Hoare, Y Lab
13:00 – 13:45Lunch – IACW invited guests and Venturefest Wales VIPs
13:45 – 14:15What the future holds for you: trends, social movements and technological breakthroughsStian Westlake, Nesta
15:30Networking and close

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