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SPS Seminar Series: Centre for Research in Health and Social Care
Thu 8 June 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, National Assembly for Wales
Health and social care from the front bench, back bench and research bench
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.
About the speaker:
A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader, Mark Drakeford has been a professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University.
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 became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He has held roles as Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee, the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds, Minister for Health and Social Services and has been Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government since May 2016.