Coutts Lecture Theatre
Wills Memorial Building
Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, National Assembly for Wales
Mark Drakeford has worked as a frontline public sector worker, academic, and politician. He is a current cabinet member for the National Assembly for Wales, and past Professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University. The School for Policy Studies’ Centre for Research in Health and Social Care is delighted to welcome him as our annual speaker.
He will speak about his personal experience of moving between research and politics, researching policy and making policy.
A former probation officer, youth justice worker, Barnardos project leader, and Professor of Social Policy, Mark Drakeford has been involved in politics and social policy for more than 30 years.
His political career began in the 1980s as a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, specialising in education issues. 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. Mark was elected Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He has served as Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee and the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds, as Minister for Health and Social Services and is currently Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government.