People of the Senedd

Ken Skates MS

Ken Skates MS

Senedd Constituency Member

Welsh Labour

Welsh Labour Group

Clwyd South

Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport

Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport

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My Senedd Activities

To propose that the Senedd, in accordance with Standing Order 29.6 agrees that provisions in the Automated Vehicles Bill, in so far as they fall within the legislative competence of the S...

For debate on 16/04/2024

Will the First Minister make a statement on Welsh Government support provided to Ukrainian refugees since the invasion of their country by Russia?

Tabled on 14/03/2024

Will the Minister make a statement on progress in creating a North Wales medical school?

Tabled on 13/03/2024

Will the Minister make a statement on the impact of climate change on the transport network?

Tabled on 13/03/2024

Will the Minister make a statement on teacher retention?

Tabled on 06/03/2024

What legal advice has the Counsel General provided to the Welsh Government regarding the impact of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023 on the Welsh public sector?

Tabled on 28/02/2024

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Detailed information: Ken Skates MS


Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport

Key interests and achievements

In his free time, Ken enjoys running, swimming, hiking and curling as well as having an interest in gardening, art and architectural design. His political interests include skills training, tourism, environmental protection, mental health, sport and fitness and social inclusion.

Personal history

Ken Skates was born in 1976 in Wrexham, educated at Mold Alun School and went on to study Social and Political Science at Cambridge University.

Professional background

Ken was previously a journalist at the Wrexham Leader newspaper, and BBC Wales in Wrexham. He was PA to Mark Tami MP.

Political history

In 2008, he was elected a community councillor. Ken’s policy interests include manufacturing, mental health, sport and leisure, eliminating poverty and political economy.

Ken was appointed to the Welsh Government as Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology in 2011. He was then appointed Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism in 2014 and promoted to Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure in May 2016.


Terms of office

  1. 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
  2. 06/05/2016 - 28/04/2021
  3. 08/05/2021 -

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