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Terms of reference of Ystadau Cymru.

Introduction and purpose

Ystadau Cymru is a partnership between public and third sector organisations within Wales. It was established by the Welsh Government to enable, support and encourage excellence in public sector collaborative asset management.

With its ways of working and wellbeing goals, Ystadau Cymru is aligned with the Well-being and Future Generations Act 2015 and Programme for Government.

Ystadau Cymru supports the Welsh public service in being more holistic in its decision making and recognises the importance of working together in building a stronger, greener and more sustainable Wales.

Ystadau Cymru reports to the Minister for Finance and Local Government, Rebecca Evans MS.

The aims of Ystadau Cymru

  • To explore the medium and long-term options for delivering public value from assets held by the wider Welsh Public sector
  • To influence and support effective collaborative asset management across the Welsh public sector for a greener and more sustainable Wales for our future generations.
  • Supporting the Programme for Government in the following priorities:
    • Building a Stronger Greener Economy
    • Decarbonisation of the Public Estate
    • Improving Biodiversity
    • Supporting the Foundational Economy
    • Making our cities, towns and villages better places to live and work
    • Support the development of Community and Remote Working Hubs

Responsibilities of Ystadau Cymru

  • To support and facilitate public sector collaboration opportunities in their strategic approach to property and property management across their geographical and organisational boundaries.
  • Agreeing a Business Case and Delivery Plan for 2022-2026.
  • Monitoring progress and keeping pace of the aims and objectives set out in the business and delivery plan.
  • Periodic review of the business and delivery plans to ensure alignment with the Programme for Government and Regional policy priorities.

Regional Working Groups and Project Groups

Ystadau Cymru support Regional Working Groups and Project Groups within its network.

Regional Working Groups

Ystadau Cymru assist Regional Working groups who identify, plan and deliver collaborative projects aligned with Ystadau Cymru objectives and regional priorities; they are aligned to the Corporate Joint Committees boundaries:

  • Mid Wales
  • North Wales
  • South East Wales
  • Swansea Bay

These are open to public and third sector organisations and enable estates managers to share knowledge and learning on key practical issues and seek opportunities for collaborative projects.

Project Groups

Ystadau Cymru engage with partners on specific projects as sub-groups from time to time as required by the Board or other WG policy colleagues.

Ystadau Cymru Board

The Ystadau Cymru Board is Chaired by Beverly Owen Chief executive of Newport City Council, the Ystadau Cymru Board consists of representatives from the following sectors and organisations:


  • Welsh Government
  • 22 Welsh Local Authorities
  • Town and Community Councils
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • NHS Wales
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • Welsh Ambulance Service
  • Representative bodies e.g. Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE), One Voice Wales, Registered Social Landlords, Association of Chief Estate Surveyors (ACES), Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales (CLAW).
  • non-devolved public services, such as police, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), etc.
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Trade Unions
  • Police
  • Third Sector
  • Cardiff University

2023 Ystadau Cymru Board members

Name Organisation
Beverly Owen (Chair) Newport City Council
Lorna Cross (Vice-Chair) Vale of Glamorgan Council
Richard Baker Welsh Government
Dr Claire Bloomfield Welsh Government
Neal O’Leary Welsh Government
Ian Gunney Welsh Government
Jon Rae Wales Local Government Association
Jonathan Fearn

Carmarthenshire County Council

Lyn Cadwallader

One Voice Wales

Bleddyn Evans

Conwy County Borough Council

Umar Hussain

South Wales Police

Richard Davies Wales Ambulance Service Trust
Clive Ball

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

Neil Frow NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
Mark Poppy  

Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting

Rachael Cunningham  

Natural Resources Wales

Alun Jones Wales Council for Voluntary Action
Geoff Bacon 

Swansea Council
Wales TUC

Critical friends

Name Organisation
Laurie Davies Audit Wales
Professor Kevin Morgan Cardiff University
The Secretariat to the Ystadau Cymru Welsh Government