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Mark Drakeford MS

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Title: First Minister of Wales

Party: Welsh Labour

Constituency: Cardiff West

Contact information

Office Address: 
395 Cowbridge Road East

Phone:  029 2022 3207

Senedd Address: 
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Phone:  0300 200 7158


Website (non-Assembly) :

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Welsh Government First Point of Contact Centre :  0300 0604400

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Terms of Office

  • 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
  • 06/05/2016 -

Additional Information

First Minister of Wales

The contact details provided are for Mark Drakeford in their role as an Assembly Member, and should be used if you wish to contact them in this role. If you wish to contact Mark Drakeford in their entirely separate role as a Minister in the Welsh Government please use the Ministerial contact details on the Welsh Government’s website:


Personal history

Mark was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff nearly 40 years ago. Since then he has lived in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff.


Professional background

A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader in Ely and Caerau, he is currently 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.


Political history

Between 2000 and 2010, Mark 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 40 year knowledge of the Cardiff West constituency.


Mark became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011.


In March 2013, he was appointed as Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh Government, where he was responsible for several important pieces of legislation including changes to organ donation in Wales. Following the election in May 2016, Mark became the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government.


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