SE region

As well as those from Welsh Government, there are several South East region-specific policies and initiatives that operations are required to take into consideration:

Cardiff Capitol Region City Deal

CCR (Cardiff Capital Region) City Deal is the key driver for all developments in the South East and covers all ten local authorities in the region who have joined forces in order to tackle issues that affect the whole of the region, such as worklessness and poor transportation links.  The City Deal is a £1.28 billion programme which aims deliver a range of programmes to increase connectivity, improve physical and digital infrastructure, as well as regional business governance.

The CCR Joint Cabinet (political membership drawn from all ten local authorities) is establishing four regional bodies to ensure the delivery of all aspects of the City Deal programme.  These are:

  • Regional Transport Authority – in development
  • Regional Economic Growth Partnership – currently recruiting members and responsible for economic vision of CCR, and advising Joint Shadow Cabinet in selecting on CCR City Deal projects
  • Regional Business Organisation – in development
  • Skills and Employment Board – publishes an annual Employment and Skills Plan.

Joint Cabinet papers are available publicly on all regional local authority websites.

The CCR Programme Board is the body that exists to support the implementation of the Joint Cabinet decisions.  The board consists of:

  • City Deal Programme Director
  • City Deal Programme Manager
  • Strategic Directors, or equivalent, from each constituent authority
  • Specialist Officers,
  • Legal and Financial representatives.


The Welsh Government’s plans for a Cardiff Metro have wide ranging implications for other sectors beyond transport.  We have provided an introduction to the Metro here.


The Cardiff Capital Region European Structural and Investment Funds Panel (CCR ESI) panel is the regional body that advises WEFO as to whether developing, or existing, European-funded operations fit the various regional strategies and therefore meet a regional need. WEFO takes the views of the panel into consideration when assessing business plans, project progress and possible extensions.  The South East Regional Engagement Team (SE RET) provides a secretariat function to the panel as part of its role in regional proofing.  Panel members are drawn from a cross section of sectors, with a wealth of relevant experience.

The membership changes from time to time but the current make-up of the panel is:

Alyson Thomas Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
Amy Ryall SE RET
Brian Morgan Cardiff Metropolitan University
Edwyn Williams Welsh Government
James Scorey Cardiff and Vale College
John Nash TSW Training Ltd
Karen Higgins Employment and Skills Board
Karen Padfield Torfaen County Borough Council
Lisa Jones SE RET
Lynn Pamment Price Waterhouse Coopers
Mark Owen Careers Wales
Natalie Curtis SE RET
Phil Fiander Wales Council for Voluntary Action
Sian Workman City Deal Programme Board

Rural Development Programme rotating members:

Joanne Davies Rural Action Cwm Taf
Michael Powell Vale of Usk
Nikki Williams Cwm a Mynydd
Owen Ashton Cwm a Mynydd
Phil Chappell Creative Rural Communities
Rhiannon Hardiman Reach

For upcoming CCR ESI Panel meeting dates please see our calendar on the events page.