Wales Governance Centre

Professor Laura McAllister CBE to join Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre

Cardiff University is delighted to announce that Professor Laura McAllister is to join the Wales Governance Centre from October 2016.

Currently Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool, Laura McAllister is an expert on devolution. Laura has published extensively on Welsh politics and was a member of the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for National Assembly for Wales and a member of the National Assembly Remuneration Board, examining AMs’ pay and allowances and other structural support for Assembly members and their staff.

Prof Laura McAllister said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, the hub of expertise and research on devolution and politics in Wales and beyond. The devolution journey in Wales is far from over with the arrival of new powers and taxation and financial responsibilities, as well as the new Wales Bill. The recent elections and the Brexit vote will have a huge impact on the politics of Wales. I am looking forward to joining the team at the WGC and adding my new research on coalition and minority governments, the internal architecture of the Assembly, political capacity, and gender and politics to its already strong research profile.”

Prof Daniel Wincott of Cardiff University said:

“Bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge, Laura McAllister is held in high regard as a political analyst and commentator in Wales. We are delighted that she will be further enhancing an established and respected team and cementing the Wales Governance Centre’s place at the heart of Welsh political discourse and debate.”


Editor’s Notes

Laura McAllister’s biographical details:
Laura McAllister is Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management and an expert on devolution. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics (BSc. Econ in Government, Upper Second Class Honours) and Cardiff University (PhD in politics). Laura was a member of the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for National Assembly for Wales (2002-04), and provided research advice to the Independent Panel on AMs’ Pay and Support in 2008-09. Laura chaired the Welsh Government’s Expert group on Diversity in Local Government (2013-14) and was co-chair of the Chief Scientific Officer’s inquiry into Women in STEM subjects (2014-16). Until 2015, she was a member of the National Assembly Remuneration Board examining AMs’ pay and allowances. She is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University, University of South Wales, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and the China National School of Administration, Beijing.

A former Wales football international and national team captain with 24 caps, Laura was Chair of Sport Wales (formerly the Sports Council for Wales) between 2010-16. Until April, she was Board Member of UK Sport, the Government’s agency for Olympic and Paralympic sport, and is currently a Director of the Football Association of Wales Trust. She is a trustee of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, as well as a member of the Wales Advisory Committee of the British Council, and was formerly a Trustee of Stonewall UK. Laura holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Bangor, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan and South Wales (and Swansea University from next week!).

She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last month and is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.