As a devolved nation, there is a unique opportunity in Wales to experiment and test new ideas for social good.

Nesta Cymru partners with government and public sector organisations to fund programmes, produce research and that furthers our understanding of Nesta’s missions. Our Mission Managers in Wales work in all three areas; a sustainable future, a fairer start and a healthy life.

What we've done

From 2015-2021 we partnered with Cardiff University to develop and incubate Y Lab, the public services innovation lab for Wales. We supported 15 public services organisations to test and implement new ideas with Innovate to Save, a partnership with Welsh Government. We have two ongoing programmes with Y Lab; Health, Arts, Research, People (HARP) and Infuse.

We made Arloesiadur with the Welsh Government which maps innovation in Wales.

We supported five arts organisations in Wales to develop digital projects through the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

We worked with public services organisations by creating the Digital Innovators Network.

Work with us

If you want to connect with us or talk about ideas for Wales, get in touch by emailing [email protected]

Project partners

Team

Rob Ashelford

Rob Ashelford

Rob Ashelford

Head of Nesta Wales & Head of Y Lab

Rob is Head of Nesta Wales and Head of Y Lab, the Public Service Innovation Lab for Wales.

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Angharad Dalton

Angharad Dalton

Angharad Dalton

Programme Manager, Y Lab

Angharad is the Programme Manager for Innovate to Save

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Helen Wales

Helen Wales

Helen Wales

Mission Manager, A Fairer Start mission

Helen joined Nesta in May 2021 as Mission Manager for A Fairer Start and part of the Nesta Cymru team.

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Rosie Dow

Rosie Dow

Rosie Dow

Programme Manager (Arts and Health) – Y Lab

Rosie works on Y Lab's Arts and Health programme with a focus on how arts interventions can play a more prominent role in the health and wellbeing of people in Wales.

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Laura James

Laura James

Laura James

Programme Manager, Y Lab

Laura is the Programme Manager for the Data Lab element of the Infuse Programme in Y Lab.

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Emyr Williams

Emyr Williams

Emyr Williams

Programme Manager, Infuse (Y Lab)

Emyr is the programme manager for the procurement element of the Infuse programme.

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Carys Lloyd

Carys Lloyd

Carys Lloyd

Team Coordinator, Y Lab

Carys is the Team Coordinator for the Infuse Programme in Y Lab and I am responsible for the smooth running of the programme.

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Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark

Programme Coordinator - HARP, Nesta Wales

Jessica is now working with Y Lab.

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