I joined EPEV because I wanted to learn more about public affairs in Wales and to use my knowledge and experience from my academic career to benefit others, particularly those in Wales. Specifically, I wanted to get onto a board of a charity or school to benefit the communities in Wales, to learn more about good governance, and to act as a critical friend to organisations who were open to learning and growing and have their members’ interests at heart.


Being part of the programme has been a hugely beneficial experience. Through the training sessions and the Whatsapp group, I have been able to learn more about the work of other mentees in a supportive and encouraging environment and build a network with those interest in the same social and political issues.¬†The training sessions increased my knowledge of and confidence in engaging meaningfully with public life in Wales. The speakers were inspirational – many had overcome personal and/or professional adversity to get where they are today; some are still facing adversity and continue to use their position to benefit others. I found the sessions – and the speakers –¬†supportive, empowering, and inspiring. I was incredibly fortunate to have been paired with a tremendous mentor from whom I have learned so much. My mentor has encouraged me every step of this journey – giving me the confidence to write an article for a news outlet, providing me with feedback on my ideas and writing, sharing opportunities and putting me in contact with people who could help me fulfil my aim of making a contribution to public life in Wales, and, crucially, working with me to write my non-exec CV (which was a challenging task that was made so much easier by my mentor’s input and guidance).


I have recently been appointed as a Governor of Coleg y Cymoedd; EPEV and the support and encouragement from my mentor enabled me to find my voice in public life and put together a strong application. I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to take part in the programme.