Deputy Policy Director
Deputy Chief Executive
Centre for Governance and Scrutiny
speaker ( Chair )
Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
Roz is deputy policy director at the independent environmental thinktank and charity Green Alliance, helping coordinate its policy work across a range of different topics. Prior to Green Alliance, Roz worked at the manufacturers’ organisation, Make UK, where she led the team working on climate, energy and environment policies affecting the sector, including emissions trading, energy pricing, chemicals regulation and air pollution. She began her career in research and then worked as an environmental journalist. Roz studied Biology and Geography at the University of Bristol and has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College, London.
Ed is CfGS’s Deputy Chief Executive. He joined the organisation in 2008, having begun his career in local authority governance and scrutiny.
Ed leads CfGS’s thinking on the improvement and development of governance in local authorities. He led on the production the CfGS/Localis “Governance risk and resilience framework”, and is currently carrying out work funded by Joseph Rowntree on how governance may transform in light of the pandemic.
Ed also leads on the design and delivery of CfGS’s research programme. Recent products include guidance on the links between scrutiny and audit, and additions to CfGS’s body of research on local authorities changing governance model between executive arrangements and the committee system.
Other recent work has included producing statutory guidance on behalf of Welsh Government to support local authorities to carry out remote meetings – as well as carrying out work supporting councils on remote meetings in England.
Ed provides support to English councils directly, alongside others in the team. Ed is currently involved in providing support on governance and constitutional improvement for Croydon and Liverpool, alongside colleagues from the LGA.
Sam McAlister is the interviews producer on BBC 2’s flagship news programme Newsnight, securing head-to-head pieces with Silicon Valley CEOs, world leaders
and Hollywood stars. A former barrister she turned to journalism after a successful career in criminal law and has since negotiated with everyone from Buckingham
Palace to the White House, Facebook to Tesla.
Working in a largely unseen role, Sam undertakes the delicate negotiations that underpin some of the biggest exclusive interviews in British news. From the initial
approaches through research and up to the filming of the piece, she builds and maintains relationships with subjects and their representatives whilst retaining
Exclusives Sam has secured include interviews with Sheryl Sandberg, Justin Trudeau, Bill Clinton, Elon Musk, Benjamin Netanyahu, Trevor Noah and Eric Schmidt. As well as the subjects themselves she works closely with journalists like Emily Maitlis, Jeremy Paxman, Evan Davis and Emma Barnett to brief, write
questions and rehearse these carefully planned features.
Most notably Sam led negotiations for the ground-breaking interview with HRH Prince Andrew. The first time a senior royal had agreed to such a journalistic
interview, and in the midst of an international scandal, it went on to make headlines around the world and have a serious impact on the Royal Family itself.
Having directly negotiated with the Royal Household and the Prince himself, Sam talks revealingly about the careful personal and professional relationships that
were key to the talks. She also looks at what the interview revealed about leadership, reputation and communication in the modern age.
With examples from other set-piece interviews Sam also examines the practicalities of how to understand who you’re dealing with, and what they’ll be
prepared to agree to. She studies the persuasion, compromise and empathy required to develop both trust and understanding between all parties, and also the
right questions – questions that will not be met with rejection or hostility, whilst still being searching and relevant to the audience.
With a remit set out in law to be “the guardian of the interests of future generations in Wales”, Sophie Howe is the world’s only Future Generations Commissioner. Described by The Guardian as the “World’s first minister of the Unborn”, her role is to provide advice to the Government and other public bodies in Wales on delivering social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being for current and future generations and assessing and reporting on how they are delivering.
Sophie took up post in 2016 and has led high profile interventions around transport planning, education reform and climate change challenging the Government and others to demonstrate how they are taking account of future generations. Described by the Big Issue Magazine as one of the UK’s leading Changemakers, her interventions have secured fundamental changes to land use planning policy, major transport schemes and Government policy on housing – ensuring that decisions taken today are fit for the future. She has represented Wales at the UN the OECD and on a number of International Forums including Chairing the Network of Institutions for Future Generations.
Prior to this role Sophie was the first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales where she led programmes to tackle violent crime and violence against women and girls, focusing on early intervention and partnership working. She reformed programmes on substance misuse and offender management and led the first police programme designed to address childhood adversities.
Sophie has served as an Adviser to two Welsh First Ministers providing policy and political advice on communities, local government, equality and community safety where she led to development of Wales’ first legislation to tackle violence against women and girls.
She was an elected Councillor for 9 years from the age of 21 and she wrote the 2009 report of the Councillors Commission which led to legislative reforms on increasing diversity amongst elected members. She has a background in equality and diversity having managed the Legal Department of the Equal Opportunities Commission.
She is named in the top 100 Business Women in Wales, is a fellow at Cardiff University Business School and Swansea University, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a degree in law and politics.