May 2007 to date

Director of Assembly Business, National Assembly for Wales


-        leadership of some 160 staff who provide the specialist parliamentary research, legal, procedural, communications and administrative support that the Assembly requires;

-        personal responsibility for ensuring the effective conduct of all formal proceedings of the Assembly in its plenary meetings and committees;

-        principal advisor to the Llywydd on the programme of legislative reform to increase the size of the National Assembly and fundamentally reform its electoral system;

-        resource budget of around £7 million;

-        member of executive boards within the organisation that provide strategic leadership, ensure good governance and decide the strategic allocation of all financial and personnel resource;

-        numerous corporate responsibilities: for example, currently as chair of the principal change initiative, the MySenedd digital transformation programme;

-        senior advisor to the National Assembly for Wales Remuneration Board, the independent body that sets the pay, pension and financial support of Assembly Members.

April 2014 to date

Global Partners Governance Associate

Spent 2014 working for Global Partners Governance, a social purpose company strengthening parliamentary democracy and political institutions in countries around the world. This work continues today, alongside role at the National Assembly, providing expert advice and support to senior politicians and civil servants, primarily in countries in the Middle East and North Africa – Sudan, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan. This expertise and practical support is at the heart of projects nurturing democratic transition in what are some of the most difficult and challenging political environments in the world.

September 2006 to May 2007

Head of the Members' Research and Committee Service, National Assembly for Wales


March 2004 to August 2006

Head of the Members' Research Service, National Assembly for Wales


July 1999 to March 2004

Committee Clerk, National Assembly for Wales


October 2002 to October 2003 (secondment)

Advisor to the University of London Constitution Unit 


February 1998 to July 1999

Government statistician, Welsh Office/National Assembly for Wales


May 1988 to February 1998

Research Clerk, House of Commons Library Research Division


Other information

-        University of Bath 1983-87. BSc Economics, 2:1.

-        Industrial placement with IBM 1985-86.


-        1997 Industry & Parliament Trust Fellowship with Railtrack

-        2011 - 2017, a Board member of LINC Cymru, a socially responsible company providing social housing and care services for the elderly across south Wales.

-        Member of the Study of Parliament Group, which brings together senior parliamentary staff and academics studying parliamentary government and political science.

-        Member of the Political Studies Association, which promotes political engagement and research with politicians, academia, the media and other key opinion formers.