Vice Chair

Catriona Williams lrg

Catriona is Chief Executive of Children in Wales, the national umbrella charity for organisations and individuals working with children, young people and families. Young Wales, which is a programme within Children in Wales, provides a platform for children and young people to have their voices heard by Welsh Government and other policy makers and reinforces the organisation's underpinning principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Catriona has worked as a social worker, lecturer, researcher and manager of children's services. She has a long track record of influencing policy makers at all levels in Wales, the UK and internationally, having led campaigns such as combating child poverty, establishing the first Children's Commissioner in the UK and the first Children and Young People's Committee in the National Assembly for Wales.

She has been a member of numerous Welsh Government working groups. Currently these include the Curriculum for Wales Stakeholder Group, the Together for Children and Young People Programme Board and the Improving Outcomes for Children Ministerial Advisory Group. On a UK level she was one of the 10 Commissioners on the UK Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission until May 2016. Catriona has also been on the boards of several charities such as the Family and Parenting Institute, Play Wales and is co-chair of the peer led organisation Voices from Care Cymru with a young person. She is also the Children and Families representative on the Welsh Government Third Sector Partnership Council.

Internationally, Catriona was the founder and President of Eurochild (2001-2010), the pan European NGO funded by the European Commission that aims to combat child poverty and social exclusion across Europe, and Children in Wales remains actively involved. In addition, she was President of the International Forum for Child Welfare 2008-2012 and also Vice President of the European Social Platform of NGO's in 2010-2012. In all these roles she has successfully created agreed priorities including priorities for the NGO sector.