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Ken Skates AM

Ken Skates AM
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport.

Ken Skates was born in 1976 in Wrexham, educated at Mold Alun School and went on to study Social and Political Science at Cambridge University.

In his free time, Ken enjoys running, swimming, hiking and golf as well as having an interest in gardening, art and architecture.  Ken was previously a journalist and assistant to Mark Tami MP.

In 2008, he was elected a community councillor. Ken’s policy interests include manufacturing, mental health, sport and leisure, eliminating poverty and political economy.  His political interests include skills training, tourism, environmental protection, mental health, sport and fitness and social inclusion.

In June 2013 Ken Skates was appointed Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology. In September 2014, Ken was appointed Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism. In May 2016 he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure.

Ken was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport on 3 November 2017.

Minister's Responsibilities

  • Support and advice to assist the establishment, growth or development of business 
  • Promotion of Wales as a location for business and investment
  • Entrepreneurship, enterprise and business information
  • Development Bank of Wales
  • Economic Advisory Panels
  • Core funding for Chwarae Teg
  • Simplification and integration of business skills and business development services;
  • Social Enterprise and the social economy
  • Co-ordination of cross-cutting measures to promote prosperity
  • Management of Welsh Government owned property assets relating to economic development
  • National Infrastructure Commission
  • Transport for Wales
  • Transport policy
  • Road safety; safer routes to schools; transport for children and young people; regulation of pedestrian crossings and on-street parking
  • Roads, including construction, improvement and maintenance of motorways and trunk roads
  • Rail services through the Wales and Borders franchise
  • Ports policy
  • Active travel
  • Science: development of science policy, including day to day liaison with the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales and the National Science Academy 
  • Life Sciences
  • Research and Innovation, including research and development, knowledge transfer and commercialisation; maximising research and innovation incomes; and Research Centres of Excellence
  • Development, retention and attraction of higher level research students for Wales
  • Maximisation of economic benefits of higher education research and development