Who we are

We’re a Lottery-funded Network of over 1000 co-pro champions, researchers and do-ers – professionals & citizens. We’re working together to make co-production the way we do things in Wales, pooling our resources to transform public service commissioning, design, delivery & evaluation. We’ll share experience, knowledge, skills and information. We’ll advocate, lobby and persuade. Most importantly we’ll support each other to make good things happen.

Our aim? Social justice – nothing less!

To help us change the world, starting with Wales, we have two inspirational Patrons, Edgar Cahn & Julian Tudor Hart, and two hard-working members of staff – our Director Mark John Williams (mark@copronet.wales) and Co-ordinator Taela-Mae Davies (taela@copronet.wales).

They are supported by a delectable Advisory Group that includes those involved in the original bid (Cartrefi Cymru, Co-production Wales, WCVA) and co-pro champions from third sector, statutory sector, academia and government. They are:

Project Partners: Adrian Roper, Cartrefi Cymru / Wales Social Co-operatives; Mandy Tilston-Viney, Cartrefi Cymru; Ruth Marks, WCVA; Judith Stone, WCVA; Rick Wilson, Co-production Wales / Community Lives Consortium.

Advisory Group: Nick Andrews, Wales School of Social Care Research; Maria Bell, North Wales Social Care and Wellbeing Improvement Collaborative (NWSWIC); Chris Bolton, Wales Audit Office; Julie Boothroyd, Monmouthshire Council; Maria Gallagher, Public Health Wales; Andrea Giordano, Welsh Government; Simon James, RCT Interlink; Chris Jones, Deputy CMO; Pam Luckock, Working with not to.

Specialist input: Ruth Dineen, Co-production Wales; Richenda Leonard, Wales School of Social Care Research; Bethan Smith, RCT Interlink

We’ll be shifting to a member-led structure over the next couple of years to maximise involvement and sustainability. Please watch this space for opportunities to get more involved.

Apart from changing people’s lives and producing better services, co-production is also a wonderfully energising approach to life. And co-prodders are an exceptionally lovely bunch of generous and helpful folk. To give you a taste of the joys of co-pro, here’s the Storify from the Network launch event held in Welshpool last year: 90+ participants and almost 50,000 more people reached via the unexpected wonders of Twitter. Thanks to the fabulous Adrian Osbourne for putting it together. And here’s Edgar’s presentation on Youtube. Please do share widely – it’s inspirational stuff and a wonderful antidote to the divisive ‘us and them’ polemic, as was the event itself of course!