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Lesley Griffiths AM
Biographical details and ministerial responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Environment 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.

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.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs is responsible for:

  • National strategy and policy for Natural Resources Management, including oversight and implementation of the Environment (Wales) Act and Natural Resources Wales
  • Cross-cutting measures of mitigation and adaptation in relation to climate change, including water, land drainage, flood and coastal risk, and control of marine and air pollution
  • National strategy and policy for water
  • Sustainable resource and waste management in Wales
  • Energy policy including small-medium scale energy production, domestic energy, energy efficiency and the reduction of fuel poverty
  • Access to the countryside, coast and rights of way and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks
  • Biodiversity policy, including implementation of the Nature Recovery Plan
  • Forestry policy and legislation, including re-stocking, tree health and forest reproductive material
  • 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
  • Oversight and implementation of the Planning Acts, all aspects of planning policy and the determination of called-in planning applications and appeals and compulsory purchase orders
  • 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
  • Strategic lead on allotments and urban green infrastructure
  • Local Environment Quality, including litter, fly-tipping, noise policy and regulation
  • 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)
  • The protection and management of wildlife in Wales, including control of pests, injurious weeds and vermin and the regulation of plant health, seeds and pesticides
  • Genetically Modified crops
  • 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.

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