Derek Walker


Chief Executive, Wales Co-operative Centre

Derek Walker is the Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre.

Blog Posts

Do you have what it takes to be our next Chair?

We are looking for a new Chair that can work with the Board and the Centre’s staff team to make an even greater impact on Wales’s economy and society in the years ahead. The Wales Co-operative Centre is a unique organisation with a strong set of values. The Wales Co-operative Centre has ambitious plans for […]

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Goodbye 2017, hello 2018

2017 was a busy, productive year at the Wales Co-operative Centre. We took the opportunity to review our strategy in light of Brexit and other changes to the policy and funding environment in which we work. As a result our purpose is now broader. We retain our leading position as Wales’s social business development agency […]

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Tackling Poverty Fortnight 2017

Levels of poverty in Wales are unacceptable. Approximately 700,000 people live in poverty in Wales, which is almost 1 in 4 of us, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. At the Wales Co-operative Centre we are widely recognised for our work supporting co-operatives, social enterprises and employee owned business. We are perhaps less well known […]

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Will the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal benefit the entire region?

The Growth and Competitiveness Commission for the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) is going to publish its report this Friday 16th December. So what is the Commission and what should we hope the report says? There is still a lot of complexity around the goings on within the Capital Region. The CCR is taking forward a […]

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Helping communities achieve sustainable asset transfer

This month the Wales Co-operative Centre starts a new piece of work in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council. The council wants to transfer responsibility for buildings and facilities across the area to community groups. Working in partnership with Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, our role will be to help […]

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Using digital engagement to combat poverty

By Christine Gwyther, Lead Poverty Intervention Officer, Pembrokeshire Communities First There are certain things many of us take for granted.  Being able to get the information we need and the entertainment we want at a moment’s notice has become second nature.  It empowers us as individuals.   But, increasingly, government and private sector services rely upon digital […]

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Digital Inclusion and Public Libraries

By Karen Gibbins, Principal librarian Information and Technology Swansea public libraries continue to address digital inclusion through their network of 17 libraries. Along with other libraries in Wales, we provide free public access to PCs, broadband infrastructure and WIFI.  We have venues that are settled in their very local communities where people can access services with […]

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Don’t underestimate the power of being online

By Dr Sangeet Bhullar, Founder of Wisekids Living in Newport in South Wales and having excellent connectivity to the internet gives me a distinct advantage professionally and personally (with family living abroad). This point is brought home to me every time I travel in our beautiful Welsh countryside and encounter areas where there is poor mobile/internet connectivity. […]

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Transforming healthcare through digital inclusion

By Sarah Beard, Business Development Director at Maggie’s, Partnership Manager at Doteveryone (Secondment from April-June), and Clore Social Leadership Fellow 2015 As three quarters of the UK population go online every day, the internet touches every area of our lives, making things faster, cheaper, better. The networked age brings incredible opportunities for healthcare. The challenge is to […]

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The importance of digital inclusion for rural communities

By Alan Davies, CEO, Farmers Union of Wales Back in the 1990s I was running the business team at a company called CableTel South Wales, later to become NTL and now, Virgin Media. We were building the first fibre networks to deliver TV and Telephone services and of course this new “big thing” called “The Internet”. […]

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