NAW Event: Providing written evidence to NAW Committee Inquiries

At the beginning of April Graham Winter, Service Development Adviser, and Tom Jackson, Clerk- Scrutiny Support Team, from the National Assembly for Wales provided a presentation to PAC Members.

The presentation and discussion gave insight into providing written evidence to Committee Inquiries. The slides from the Presentation can be accessed here.

In addition Tom and Graham highlighted a number of useful links that PAC Members may want to look at:

PAC will be holding a second event in the autumn with Tom and Graham. The second event will be looking at how to provide oral evidence to Committee inquiries. We will inform members of the date as soon as it has been finalised.

PAC Annual Dinner 2017

PAC Dinner







  • Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017
  • Time: 7 pm – 11pm
  • Location: Portland House, 113 – 116 Bute St, Cardiff Bay CF10 5EQ

It is with great pleasure that the PAC Exec can announce details of our Annual Dinner. PAC has had another busy and successful year and this is an opportunity for members and supporters to celebrate and network over drinks and dinner. We are delighted that the guest speaker will be the Presiding Officer, Elin Jones AM.

The dinner is being held a year after Elin was elected as Presiding Officer. She needs no introduction. She has been an AM since the Assembly was established in 1999, has been a Minister for Rural Affairs during the One Wales Government and was elected Presiding Officer after last year’s election. Since becoming Presiding Officer Elin has backed setting up a new youth parliament for Wales, has raised concerns over the Wales Bill and has established an expert panel to consider electoral reform in Wales, including the number of AMs needed and minimum voting age for Assembly elections. She will be a fascinating speaker providing insight into the future of the Assembly.

The dinner will be held on Wednesday the 10th of May at Portland House, Cardiff Bay.   Tickets are priced at £55 per head for individual seats and tables are available at a discounted price of £500 for a table of 10. This includes a drinks reception, a three course meal with coffee, wine on the table and music after the dinner.

To reserve individual places register on Eventbrite and then Alex will invoice you. To book a table for 10 people please contact Alex

Once you have booked if you have any dietary requirements please contact Aaron Hill   I hope you can join us to celebrate another exciting year for Welsh politics and Public Affairs Cymru.

If you require any further information please contact me,   Nesta Lloyd – Jones, Chair



Free PAC Seminar: Providing evidence to National Assembly Committee inquiries.

Do you regularly provide evidence to National Assembly inquiries?

Do you want to know what committees consider to be ‘good’ written evidence?

Do you want to know how to influence what inquiries are undertaken in the first place?

Have you got suggestions on how the process could be improved?

Then come to this two hour seminar that PAC has organised with National Assembly staff from the outreach, clerk and research teams. If successful, a further seminar will be arranged at a later date to focus on preparing to attend a committee meeting.


What: Interactive presentation by Assembly staff

When: Thursday 6 April 2017 at 14.00 – 16.00

Where: Upstairs, Small Bar Cardiff, 17 Church Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BG

What else: The event is free and you can book through Eventbrite

Events in February: Digital News & Information Taskforce & Tapas and Sherry Evening

Invite to Digital News & Information Taskforce Event

Regular user of Struggle to find what you’re looking for? Have a suggestion for how Assembly communications can be improved? Then the Llywydd’s Digital News and Information Taskforce want to hear from you.

The Taskforce is currently reviewing all aspects of how the Assembly communicates including how information relating to Assembly business is published and reported. As a community who engages with the Assembly professionally, we want to understand from PAC Members what works for you and what doesn’t so we can recommend improvements.

What: Short presentation by Taskforce followed by a group discussion

When: Friday 10th February 2017 at 08:15am – 09:30am

Where: Assembly Conference Rooms C&D

What’s on the menu: Breakfast rolls and tea and coffee

What else: Please RSVP to

Keen to contribute but can’t make it along on that day? Please email and a member of the Taskforce will get in touch to discuss.



Tapas and Sherry Evening – Wednesday 15 February 7pm – 10pm

As something a little different to our traditional annual Cheese and Wine evening the Executive PAC offers the opportunity to get to the latest interpretation Cardiff – Cuardo Bar (at the corner of Hall Place and Westgate Street opposite the main entrance Stadium ). Tickets £20 includes tapas, one beverage with a talk by Curado, plus an evening of networking.

To register your place and for further information, you are here

PAC responding to National Assembly Inquiry into Lobbying

Dear PAC Member.

The National Assembly for Wales Standards of Conduct Committee has recently launched an inquiry into lobbying. The PAC Executive is seeking members’ views to respond to this important inquiry and hopes that members get involved in the following ways:

Event: Chance to discuss the National Assembly of Wales inquiry into lobbying

19/01/2017, 15:00 – 17:00

Life Sciences Hub

During the event you will hear from the Chair of the Committee, Jayne Bryant AM, about the inquiry and also from Alastair Ross, chair of the Association for Scottish Public Affairs, about lobbying in Scotland. The event is also an opportunity for Members to discuss the PAC Code of Conduct and respond to the inquiry terms of reference.

This event is free for PAC members, please register your place here via Eventbrite
Working Group: Responding to the lobbying consultation

Open invitation to all members to be part of a working group which will focus on drafting PAC evidence to the National Assembly Standards of Conduct Committee inquiry into lobbying in Wales. This will also be an opportunity to review PAC’s Code of Conduct.

If you are interested in participating, please contact


Responding to the inquiry: Providing your views

If you are unable to attend our event or be part of the working group it would be great to hear your views around the terms of reference of the inquiry. You can send us your comments by e-mailing

  • Is there a need for change?
  • What do you understand by the term lobbying?
  • How is lobbying regulated at the moment?
  • Do you consider yourself a lobbyist? How is lobbying regulated within your sector at the moment (e.g. if you are a private business, third sector, professional organisation)?
  • Have you encountered any problems with the current arrangements?
  • Are there any areas you consider to be unregulated in this area which pose a risk to the accountability and reputation of governance in Wales?
  • What would you consider to be the impact of introducing a new regime to deal with lobbying?

If you require any further information or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nesta,

Thank you,

Nesta (Chair, Public Affairs Cymru)


PAC AGM and 2016 Elections

Annwyl Aelod

Mae’n adeg yna o’r flwyddyn eto – amser i gynnal Cyfarfod Cyffredinol Blynyddol PAC. Rydw i’n anfon yr e-bost yma i roi gwybodaeth am y broses enwebu ar gyfer ethol Cadeirydd a’ch Weithrediaeth PAC.

I sefyll fel Aelod Gweithredol PAC rhaid i chi hunan-enwebu a cael eich cefnogi gan 2 aelod PAC sy’n talu’n llawn. Bydd enwebiadau yn cau 10 diwrnod gwaith cyn y CCB PAC a fydd yn cael ei gynnal ar 14 Tachwedd 2016. Mae hyn yn golygu bod y dyddiad cau ar gyfer derby enwebiadau gan y Swyddog Canlyniadau, Owain ap Gareth o Electoral Reform Society Cymru, yw 5pm dydd Gwener 28ain Hydref.

Rhaid i enwebiad dilys gael eu e-bostio at y Swyddog Canlyniadau gyda negeseuon e-bost y 2 eilydd wedi atodi. Bydd y Swyddog yn cydnabod derbyn enwebiad dilys o fewn 5 diwrnod gwaith drwy e-bost.

Os ydych am sefyll fel Cadeirydd PAC mae rhaid i chi chi ddilyn union yr un broses. Rhaid i chi hunan-enwebu a chael eu cefnogi gan 2 aelod PAC sy’n talu’n llawn. Mae’r un terfynau amser hefyd yn berthnasol.

Anfonwch bob enwebiadau i:

Fel ymgeisydd, gallwch sefyll ar gyfer y ddau rôl o Cadeirydd a / neu’r Pwyllgor Gwaith a gallwch ddefnyddio’r un eilyddion. Fodd bynnag, mae rhaid i’ch hunan-enwebiad e-bost nodi’n glir yr hyn yr ydych yn sefyll am. Os ydych yn dymuno sefyll ar gyfer y Pwyllgor Gwaith nid oes angen nodi pa swydd yr ydych yn dymuno i sefyll gan fydd yr union swyddogaethau yn cael ei benderfynu yng nghyfarfod cyntaf y Pwyllgor Gwaith newydd.

Mae’r holl ymgeiswyr hefo’r opsiwn o gyflwyno 250 gair (uchafswm) datganiad cyn cau’r enwebiadau (dydd Gwener 24 Hydref) a bydd rhain yn cael eu postio ar wefan PAC yn ddwyieithog. Byddem yn ddiolchgar pe gallech gyflwyno’r datganiad yma yn ddwyieithog. Os nad ydych yn gallu cyflwyno eich datganiad yn ddwyieithog ceisiwch ei anfon at y Swyddog Canlyniadau cyn y dyddiad cau terfynol er mwyn sicrhau ein bod yn cael amser i geisio cael cyfieithiad i fynd ar y wefan ar yr un pryd â’r enwebiadau eraill.

Os hoffech gael mwy o wybodaeth am rolau y swyddogion sydd ar Pwyllgor Gwaith PAC arnyn o bryd, ewch ar wefan PAC lle gallwch weld y cyfansoddiad a rolau’r aelodau gweithredol ( Mae aelodau’r Pwyllgor Gwaith PAC presennol hefyd yn hapus i siarad ag unrhyw un am eu rolau presennol a beth mae’n ei olygu i fod ar y weithrediaeth.

Edrychaf ymlaen at eich gweld yn y CCB.

Dymuniadau gorau,

Jamie Matthews

Cadeirydd, PAC



Dear Member

It’s that time of year again to hold the PAC Annual General Meeting, I am sending you this e-mail to provide instructions on the nomination process for the election of Chair and PAC Executive members.

To stand as a PAC Executive member you must self-nominate and be supported by 2 fully paid up PAC members.  Nominations will close 10 working days before the PAC AGM which will be held on 14th November 2016. This means that the deadline for nominations to be received by the Returning Officer, Owain ap Gareth from the Electoral Reform Society, is 5pm on Friday 28th October.

A valid nomination must be emailed to the Returning Officer with the 2 seconders’ emails attached.  He will then acknowledge receipt of a valid nomination within 5 working days by e-mail.

If you want to stand as PAC Chair you follow exactly the same process.  You must self-nominate and be supported by 2 fully paid up PAC members. The same deadlines also apply.

Please send all nominations to:

As a candidate, you may stand for both Chair and/or Executive and you can use the same seconders.  However, your self-nomination e-mail must specify clearly what you are standing for. If you wish to stand for the Executive you do not need to state which post you wish to stand for as the exact roles are decided at the first meeting of the new Executive.

All candidates have the option of submitting a 250 word (maximum) statement before the close of nominations (Friday 24th October) and this will be posted onto the PAC website in bilingual form. We would be grateful it if you could submit this statement bilingually. If you cannot submit your statement bilingually please try to send it to the Returning Officer before the final deadline in order to ensure that we have time to get it translated to go on the website at the same time as the other nominations.

If you want more information on the roles of officers currently making up the PAC Executive, please have a look on the PAC website where you will find the constitution and the roles of executive members ( Current PAC Executive members are also happy to talk to anyone about their current roles and what is involved in being on the executive.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Best wishes,

Jamie Matthews

Chair, PAC

EVENT: PAC quiz September 21st

We are pleased to announce that the Public Affairs Cymru quiz will be making its return this year.  We’re inviting teams of up to 6 people to join us from 6pm on September 21st at Salt, Cardiff Bay.

Entry is £10, which covers quiz entry, a light buffet and a drink. We hope to see you there for what promises to be a fun night!

Upcoming Events

Here are some upcoming events for members’ diaries.

Monday 4 July – 08:30-09:30

Breakfast seminar with the Future Generations Commissioner 

At the beginning of July, we will be at Pure Kitchen in Cardiff Bay for a breakfast seminar with SophieHowe, Wales’ first Future Generations Commissioner. Sophie will take us through the work of the commissioner and the establishment of her office.

RSVP: Eventbrite

Wednesday 13 July – 18:00

Public Affairs Cymru annual summer drinks reception

This year’s annual summer drinks reception will be held on 13 July. This is a perfect opportunity to wind down before the summer break and network with others working in public affairs.

This event is free for members. Information on how to RSVP will be made available in the coming weeks.

Friday 12 August – 15:30

Using social media and campaigning apps with David Clubb

David Clubb will be running a session at Cardiff’s Urban Tap House for PAC members on social media and campaigning apps.

This session is free for members. Information on how to RSVP will be made available in the coming weeks.

Wednesday 14 September – 09:00-11:00

Working in Wales in a UK-wide organisation

We will be hosting a half day seminar at the Pierhead on the challenges and opportunities that come along when working in Wales for a UK-wide organisation.

We will also be welcoming the Welsh Language Commissioner and will pay specific attention to the next steps in the development and application of Welsh language standards.

This session is free for members. Information on how to RSVP will be made available in the coming weeks.


Dydd Llun 4 Gorffennaf – 08:30-09:30

Seminar Frecwast gyda Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol 

Ar ddechrau Gorffennaf byddem yn Pure Kitchen ym Mae Caerdydd ar gyfer seminar frecwast gydaSophie Howe, Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol cyntaf Cymru. Fe fydd Sophie yn trafod ei gwaith fel y comisiynydd a sefydlu’r swyddfa.

Ateber drwy: Eventbrite

Dydd Mercher 13 Gorffennaf – 18:00

Derbyniad Haf Blynyddol Public Affairs Cymru 

Fe fydd y derbyniad haf blynyddol yn cael ei gynnal ar 13 Gorffennaf. Dyma cyfle gwych i adlewyrchu ar y tymor cyn yr egwyl dros yr haf a chymdeithasu gyda chydweithwyr o’r byd materion cyhoeddus.

Mae’r digwyddiad yma yn rhad ac am ddim i aelodau. Fe fydd rhagor o wybodaeth ynglŷn â sut i gadw lle yn y digwyddiad yn yr wythnosau nesaf.

Dydd Llun 12 Awst – 15:30

Defnyddio apps cyfryngau cymdeithasol ac ymgyrchu gyda David Clubb 

Fe fydd David Clubb yn cynnal sesiwn yn Urban Tap House ar gyfer aelodau PAC ar sut i ddefnyddio apps cyfryngau cymdeithasol ac ymgyrchu.

Mae’r sesiwn yma yn rhad ac am ddim i aelodau. Fe fydd rhagor o wybodaeth ynglŷn â sut i gadw lle yn y digwyddiad yn yr wythnosau nesaf.

Dydd Mercher 14 Medi – 09:00-11:00

Gweithio yng Nghymru mewn sefydliad ar draws y DU

Byddem yn cynnal seminar hanner diwrnod yn y Pierhead ar yr heriau a chyfleoedd yn ymwneud a gweithio yng Nghymru ar gyfer sefydliad pan-Prydeinig.

Byddem hefyd yn croesawu Comisiynydd y Gymraeg a fydd yn rhoi sylw penodol ar gamau nesaf yn natblygiad a gweithrediad y Safonau Iaith.

Mae’r sesiwn yn rhad ac am ddim i aelodau. Fe fydd rhagor o wybodaeth ynglŷn â sut i gofrestru ar gyfer y digwyddiad yn dilyn yn yr wythnosau nesaf.

Tickets for PAC dinner now available

It is with great pleasure the Public Affairs Cymru’s (PAC) Executives invite you to join us in celebrating PAC’s 10th birthday at this year’s Annual Dinner.
A pre-dinner drinks reception sponsored by The Open University in Wales, and a three course dinner will be held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Cardiff on Thursday 30th June 2016.

This year we will be celebrating PAC’s 10th birthday and in light of this landmark our guest speaker will be the new Secretary of State for Wales, The Rt Hon. Alun Cairns MP.

This year’s event will also be held at a critical time for governance and politics in Wales, being held just seven days after the UK’s European Referendum, eight weeks after the National Assembly for Wales elections, and as consideration of the Draft Wales Bill continues into the summer.

As such the event will provide an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the distance both Wales and PAC has travelled since devolution; Wales’ current relationship with the United Kingdom and the wider world; and where we are heading in the years ahead.

By the time the dinner takes place we could have a brand new government of a different party colour; the United Kingdom could be on its way out of the European Union; and debates on the next stage of devolution could be about to reconvene. Throw in the commemoration of 10 years of Public Affairs Cymru and the evening is clearly an opportunity too important to miss.

Individual tickets can be purchased at just £55 per head, or at a discounted rate of £500 for a table of ten.

In order to secure your booking full payment must be received by 20th May 2016.

To book your tickets please contact , advising of any dietary requirements.

We look forward to celebrating 10 years of PAC with you.

Save the date – PAC annual dinner

Alun Cairns






It is with great pleasure the PAC Exec can announce details of the Public Affairs Cymru Annual Dinner. This year we will be celebrating PAC’s 10th birthday and our guest speaker will be the new Secretary of State for Wales, The Rt Hon. Alun Cairns MP.  

The dinner will be held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Cardiff on Thursday 30th June 2016.

This will be an exciting event held just seven days after the UK’s European Referendum, eight weeks after the National Assembly for Wales elections, and as consideration of the Draft Wales Bill continues into the summer.

The Exec will be in touch shortly with further details and how to book.