Last October (2017), the Finance Secretary confirmed that Kathryn Bishop would be the WRA’s first Chair.
Kathryn Bishop is an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, where she directs and teaches on leadership programmes for professional service firms and other multi-national corporations. She has over 30 years' experience working with organisations undergoing major change, in both the public and the private sector. Her background includes IT and HR and she has worked as a line director and manager, a project manager and as a consultant. She has also taken on a number of non-executive directorships.
Kathryn has worked in and for Wales in the last 15 years, firstly as a Non-Executive Director at the Welsh Government, and latterly as the Civil Service Commissioner for Wales, responsible for regulating all appointments into the Civil Service. She has also held a number of non-executive directorships within government, including at the UK Border Agency, part of the Home Office, and the UK Intellectual Property Office.