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Mark Drakeford MS

Ministerial responsibilities of the First Minister of Wales.


Mark was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff more than 30 years ago. Since then he has lived in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff. A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader in Ely and Caerau, he has been a professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Mark has also taught previously at Swansea University.

In the 1980s and 1990s Mark was a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, specialising in education issues, including Welsh medium education. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked as the Cabinet’s health and social policy adviser at the Welsh Government, and was latterly head of the First Minister’s political office. He has a 30 year knowledge of the Cardiff West constituency.

Mark became the Member of the Senedd for Cardiff West in May 2011. He was Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee from July 2011 - March 2013 and of the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds from July 2011 – March 2013. He was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services in March 2013. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government in May 2016. Mark was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance on 3 November 2017. On 12 December 2018 Mark was appointed First Minister of Wales and became a member of the Privy Council on 13 February 2019.


  • Exercise of functions by the Welsh Government
  • Policy development and the co-ordination of policy
  • Inter-Governmental Relations including JMC
  • International Relations*
  • Wales in Europe*
  • Wales and Africa Programme*
  • Welsh Government International Offices*
  • Developing links with the Welsh Diaspora*
  • The Legislative Programme
  • The Ministerial Code
  • Civil Contingencies including chair of the Resilience Forum
  • Openness in Government including FoI
  • Oversight of the Welsh Government’s relationship with the WAO
  • Constitutional Affairs
  • Justice Policy and the Justice Commission
  • Tribunals
  • Public Appointments
  • Government Chief Whip
  • Well Being of Future Generations Act and liaison with the Future Generations Commissioner*
  • Equality and Human Rights*
  • Co-ordination of issues relating to Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, Asylum-seekers, refugees and community cohesion*
  • Anti-slavery, domestic abuse, gender-based violence and sexual violence*
  • The Voluntary Sector and Volunteering*
  • Youth Justice*
  • Community Safety*
  • Relations with the Police and Crime Commissioners, Police and other Criminal Justice Agencies, civil contingencies, resilience and counter-terrorism issues
  • Relations with UK government in respect of Prisons and the Probation Service
  • Advice and Advocacy Services*

*The Deputy Minister will answer tabled questions on these items at a scheduled OQ session in plenary.

Writing to Mark Drakeford