Laura McAllister is Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management. She was educated at Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Bridgend and is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cardiff University where she completed a PhD in politics.
Laura was a member of the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for National Assembly for Wales that reported in March 2004. Laura’s principal academic interests centre on public administration and politics, specifically: devolution, the role of commissions in policy-making, Welsh politics and elections, sport and public policy, gender and politics. She has written extensively on these areas and her recent books include Plaid Cymru, The Emergence of a Political Party (2001), Women and Constitutional Politics in Wales (2007), and a forthcoming biography of Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, Presiding Officer at the National Assembly (2012). She is Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and the China National School of Administration, Beijing. Laura has worked as a political analyst for BBC Wales and is a regular commentator on Welsh and British politics and elections.
A former Wales football international and national team captain with 24 caps, Laura was a Board Member of UK Sport from 2002-5. She has been a member of the Sports Council for Wales since April 2006 and was Vice Chair of the Council from March 2007 to January 2010. Laura was appointed Sport Wales Chair with effect from 1st February 2010.
Laura is also a Board Member of the Welsh Football Trust. She is project sponsor for sport at the University of Liverpool, and chairs the Sport Liverpool Strategy Group. She is also a member of the judging panel for BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.