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Lesley Griffiths AM

Lesley Griffiths AM
Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs.

Lesley Griffiths was brought up in North East Wales and has lived and worked in Wrexham all her adult life. She has 2 daughters and has served as a school governor and community councillor. She worked at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital for 20 years. Prior to her election she worked as constituency assistant to Ian Lucas, MP. As a strong supporter of devolution for Wales, she played an active role in the 1997 'Yes for Wales' campaign. She is a member of Unison.

She was elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2007 and served on several Assembly Committees. She set up and chaired the Cross Party Hospice Group. In December 2009, she was appointed Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills. Following re-election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011, Lesley Griffiths was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services and in March 2013 was appointed Minister for Local Government and Government Business. In September 2014, she was appointed Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. In May 2016, following re-election, she was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs. Lesley was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs on 3 November 2017.

Outside of politics, her main hobbies are music, walking and watching Wrexham Football Club. Lesley is formerly an elected director of the Wrexham Supporters Trust.

Minister's Responsibilities

  • The Rural Development Programme
  • Common Agricultural Policy Direct Payments and responsibility for cross-compliance
  • Agriculture sector development, including wages and skills
  • Developing agri-food sector, associated supply chains, promotion and marketing of food and drink from Wales
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Bovine TB Eradication Plan
  • Policy on livestock, artificial insemination, poultry, companion animals, equines, and bees
  • Livestock identification and movement policy
  • Holding Registration Policy (CPH)
  • Inland, coastal and sea fisheries: policy regulation and enforcement, including Common Fisheries Policy and the management of fishery harbours
  • Marine and fresh water planning, biodiversity, conservation and licensing 
  • The power to require provision of information about crop prices
  • Best and Most Versatile Land policy, mineral site restoration advice and Agricultural Land Classification and implementation of the EIA (Agriculture) Regulations 
  • Energy policy including small-medium scale energy production, domestic energy, energy efficiency and the reduction of fuel poverty
  • Climate change, emission reduction targets and carbon budgets
  • Oversight and implementation of the Planning Acts and all aspects of planning policy and the determination of called-in planning applications and appeals
  • Planning gain – Section 106 Agreements contained in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
  • Developments of National Significance: determination of planning applications and connected consents
  • All aspects of Building Regulations
  • Wales Spatial Plan and the National Development Framework