U of A campus & Livestream • November 17–19, 2023

Derek Walker

Derek Walker

Previously CEO of Cwmpas, the UK’s largest co-operative development agency, he worked to support people and communities to create jobs and strengthen communities, and changed the organisation’s focus to development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations.

He has also worked as Head of External Affairs at the Big Lottery Fund (Wales), as Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Wales TUC and was the first employee of Stonewall Cymru.

The previous Commissioner was Sophie Howe who took up post in 2016 and finished her term in January 2023. During her time as Commissioner, Sophie led high profile interventions around transport planning, education reform and climate change challenging the Government and others to demonstrate how they are taking account of future generations.

Described by the Big Issue Magazine as one of the UK’s leading Changemakers, Sophie's interventions helped secured fundamental changes to land use planning policy, major transport schemes and Government policy on housing - ensuring that decisions taken today are fit for the future. Sophie also represented Wales at the UN, the OECD and on a number of International Forums including Chairing the Network of Institutions for Future Generations.

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