Press Releases 2014-2015

Making Swansea (Even More) Special


The Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), Matthew Taylor, visited the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Swansea in June and offered his opinion on the future development of the city.

Matthew Taylor’s talk, entitled ‘Making Swansea (even more) special’, explored how Swansea could take better advantage of its assets and how the institutions and people of Swansea might come together to build the city’s reputation as a place where great things happen.

Matthew Taylor became Chief Executive of the RSA in November 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister.

Matthew was appointed to the Labour Party in 1994 to establish Labour’s rebuttal operation. His activities before the Labour Party included being a county councillor, a parliamentary candidate, a university research fellow and the director of a unit monitoring policy in the health service. Until December 1998, Matthew was Assistant General Secretary for the Labour Party. During the 1997 General Election he was Labour’s Director of Policy and a member of the Party’s central election strategy team. He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, Britain’s leading centre left think tank.

Matthew is a frequent media commentator on policy and political issues, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Observer, New Statesman and Prospect.

Professor Medwin Hughes said: “It was a great honour for us to welcome Matthew Taylor to Swansea and to host a conversation about the future developments of the city. Matthew brought a wealth of knowledge and experience, and offered valuable external opinions about the long-term success and sustainability of Swansea.

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