Who we are

Co-production Wales was set up by Ruth Dineen in 2011; Noreen Blanluet joined her in 2012.

We started off as citizens working in a voluntary capacity. We’ve grown in to a voluntary alliance of over 1000 individuals and organisations, all committed to the the same goal: a Wales where everyone is a contributor to the common good, a partner in the co-production of participative democracy and social justice.

With the help of the co-production community, and with our partners WCVA and Cartrefi Cymru, we recently submitted a successful Lottery bid to set up a Co-production Network for Wales. The Network have appointed two exceptional members of staff and will begin work in September 2016. As an autonomous organisation, Co-production Wales is represented on the Steering Group for the project by John Hallett (Cardiff West Communities First), Ben Dineen (Spice) and Jenny O’Hara Jakeway (Powys Carers).

Our Board

Our Board provide a wealth of experience and knowledge of co-production, relationship-centred practice and citizen-engagement. Highly respected for their commitment to this agenda, and influential within peer and government networks, they are:

Nick Andrews Swansea University; Jan Balsdon The Wallich; Ben Dineen Spice Innovations; Ruth Dineen Co-production Wales; John Hallett Cardiff West Communities First; Simon James RCT Interlink; Jenny O’Hara Jakeway Powys Carers; Joe Powell All-Wales People First; Adrian Roper Cartrefi Cymru / Wales Social Co-ops; Rick Wilson Community Lives Consortium / Wales Alliance for Citizen-Directed Support.

Our Associates

Our Associates have particular expertise/experience and an active commitment to co-production. They provide input and advice in relation to specific projects as well as inspiring others through their own practice. They are:

Barbara Bale Public Health Wales; Maria Bell Wales Alliance for Citizen-Directed Support; Julie Boothroyd Monmouth Council; Jim Crowe Learning Disability Wales; Maria Gallagher Public Health Wales; Catryn Holzinger Wales Audit Office; Dave Horton Action in Caerau & Ely (ACE); Lynne Kennedy Chester University & Public Health Wales; Joy Kent Chwarae Teg; Jenny Lewis Landphil Trust; Ruth Northway University of South Wales; Fran O’Hara Working With Not To; Simon Pickthall Vanguard Consulting; Geoff Thomas Timebanking Wales; Susan Thomas Health Promotion Library, Public Health Wales.

Our co-pro community

Co-production Wales is at the heart of three, inter-related networks:

  • The informal Co-production Wales network is a group of over 1000 individuals from more than 120 organisations who have expressed an interest in, or actively participated in, our campaign activities and events. This network is likely to form the basis of the new member-led Co-production Network for Wales.
  • The UK Co-production Practitioners’ Network is hosted by the New Economics Foundation. We have been instrumental in building the Wales Group into the largest and most active in the Network with over 170 members and regular events/meetings.
  • A national and international peer-support network of colleagues from all sectors and at all levels, from Scotland, England, Australia and USA, offering support and advice, and sharing knowledge and resources.

Our Champions

Supporting our broader political aspirations are our Co-pro Wales Champions – co-production experts and practitioners from the UK and beyond. They are:

Edgar Cahn & Chris Gray Timebanking USA; Anna Coote New Economics Foundation; Eddie Bartnik former Western Australia Mental Health Commissioner; David Robinson Community-Links & Early Action Task Force; Hazel Stuteley Connecting Communities / Exeter University Medical School

 Contact us at: Ruth@coproductionwales.com

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