Andrew Dakin is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA).He also holds a DipEM from Oxford Brookes University and an MPhil from Cardiff University. He is an urban regeneration practitioner and previously a property developer with a total of 37 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors as well as within academia. Roles undertaken in the public sector in Wales since 1991 include the posts of Project Director for regeneration initiatives in the Cynon Valley and in Barry, and from 2006 to 2010 as the Director of Regeneration at the Newport Urban Regeneration Company. In addition to this, Andrew has held a teaching position at the Cardiff University School of Planning and Geography since 2005, and he became an Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the School in November 2012. He has been a Board Member of the Welsh Valleys based Cynon Taff Community Housing Association since 1993, and from June 2012 he was appointed to the Board of Glandwr Cymru - The Canal and River Trust in Wales, which is the replacement strategic management body for British Waterways operations within the Principality. Andrew is also a member of the Executive Committee of the London based UDG (Urban Design Group) and is currently Vice Chair (Policy).
Andrew is a civil servant within Welsh Government’s ‘Homes and Places’ regeneration team, but at present he is seconded to CREW (Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales), where he is the Deputy Chief Executive. CREW has been established by Welsh Government to identify best national and international regeneration practice and disseminate this knowledge throughout Wales.
Andrew’s current research interests include how to undertake regeneration initiatives within a period of recession and with particular reference to the real estate issues involved, for example how to make effective use of vacant property and how to secure new creative uses for land and buildings.