SOLACE Wales is the Welsh Branch of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (UK). While being an important component of the UK framework, the Branch operates largely independently as the representative body for senior managers working within local government. The Society’s members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, and while engaging with all major players in Welsh governance at both local and national level, SOLACE Wales has a unique role to play in offering a corporate view of local government.


The branch operates 7 portfolios with greater alignment to the portfolios of Solace (UK) with a lead Chief Executive supported by a group of peer colleagues. The seven portfolios are set out below with the lead for each shown:

Communities and Housing Vacant
Whole Life Learning and Skills Mark James (Carmarthenshire County Council)
Governance, Reform and Performance (to include civil contingency planning) Colin Everett (Flintshire County Council)
Public Sector/ Local Government Finance Dilwyn Williams (Gwynedd Council)
Environment and Regulatory Services Ian Westley (Pembrokeshire County Council)
Health and Social Care Alison Ward (Torfaen County Borough Council)
Youth Justice Gareth Chapman (Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council)
Economy and Digital Paul Matthews (Monmouthshire County Council)
Workforce Planning and Organisational Development Michelle Morris (Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council)


The roles for the leads are:  

- to be a first point of contact for external partner bodies
- to co-ordinate consultation responses and evidence giving
- to initiate or contribute to research and projects
- to keep up the profile and influence of Solace as a respected professional body

Please make full use of the portfolio leads and treat them as a first point of contact.

Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Rob Thomas 
Managing Director, Vale of Glamorgan Council

Vice Chair:
Michelle Morris
Managing Director, Blaenau Gwent Unitary Authority

Past Chair:
Darren Mepham 
Chief Executive, Bridgend County Borough Council

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Branch Meetings

Dates of forthcoming Solace Wales Branch Meeting – (all scheduled for  2pm for members and 3pm for members and partners): 

5 March 2019 – WLGA Buildings, Cardiff

4 June 2019 – venue TBC

10 September 2019 – venue TBC

3 December 2019 – venue TBC

3 March 2020 – venue TBC

9 June 2020 – venue TBC

8 September 2020 – TBC

8 December 2020 – TBC


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