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About us

The team

This is the team supporting our community of practice, and coordinating opportunities for sharing, learning and influencing. It’s mainly us you’ll be seeing and hearing from! Get in touch: hello@copronet.wales

Photo: Gwendolyn Sterk
Gwendolyn Sterk

CEO

gwendolyn@copronet.wales
07949 164 551

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Sophie Clark

Network officer

sophie@copronet.wales
07949 285 565

Rachel Wolfendale

Programme manager (PSBs project)

rachel@copronet.wales
07726 389 339

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Dan Barnett

Programme coordinator (PSBs project)

dan@copronet.wales
07943 972 949


The origin story

This all started back in 2012 as a voluntary endeavour by two women at a kitchen table. Along the way we carried out research, organised events, campaigned to influence legislation, and started delivering training and consultancy. We became a Big Lottery funded project (2016-2019), which enabled us to formally set up the Network and its infrastructure. Now we are an independent not-for-profit organisation; our legal name is The Co-production and Involvement Network for Wales Ltd. We support the community of practice through the Co-production Network for Wales, and we offer consultancy and training services through the Co-production Lab Wales.

"Hero of the co-produced revolution" pin badge from our early days

How we’re funded now

As an independent organisation, we cover our running costs through organisational membership and e-learning courses fees. The surplus generated by consultancy and training services at the Co-production Lab Wales also contributes to resourcing the Network’s activities.

In addition, we receive National Lottery Community Fund project funding to work specifically with Public Services Boards (2021-2026).


How we’re governed

We are a social enterprise: a private company limited by guarantee, with not-for-profit principles written into our constitution. Our board of directors ensures that we are a legal, responsible, sustainable and ethical organisation. Our directors contribute their time on a voluntary basis and meet 6 times per year. We are pleased to count the Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Building Communities Trust as corporate directors on our board.

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Sara Sellek

Corporate director (WCVA),
Chair of the board

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Eleri Williams

Corporate director (BCT)

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Ben Greenaway

Corporate director (BCT)

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Lisa Banks

Voluntary director

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Kelvin Jones

Voluntary director

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Sarah Glover

Voluntary director

Photo: Chris Blake
Chris Blake

Voluntary director


Our memberships and pledges

National Principles of Public Engagement in Wales / Egwyddorion Cenedlaethol ar Gyfer Ymgysylltu a'r Cyhoedd yng Nghymu
Cyflogwr Cyflog Byw ydym ni
We are a Living Wage employer
Hyderus o ran anabledd (ymroddedig)
Disability confident (committed)
Aelod / Member - WCVA / CGGC
Member of (Aelod o) Tai Pawb - promoting euqality in housing (hybu cydraddoldeb ym maes tai)
Dim Hiliaeth Cymru
Zero Racism Wales
Climate Cymru
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