Minister for Social Justice
Key interests and
Jane is an honorary fellow of
UWIC and a member of UNISON.
Jane Hutt spent part of her childhood
in Uganda and Kenya, and was educated at the University of Kent, the London
School of Economics and Bristol University. She has lived and worked in Wales
grandparents originating from north Wales, Jane has a lifelong commitment to
Wales and is a Welsh learner.
Jane became the first National
Co-ordinator of Welsh Women’s Aid in 1978 and was a founder of South Glamorgan
Women’s Workshop. She went on to become the first director of the Tenant Participation
Advisory Service (TPAS Wales) and was subsequently director of Chwarae Teg
She is the author of 'Opening
the Town Hall Door – an Introduction to Local Government' and 'Making
Opportunities – a Guide for Women and Employers'.
Jane was an elected member of
the former South Glamorgan County Council for 12 years. She was first elected
to the Assembly in 1999. Between 1999 and 2005 she served as Minister for
Health and Social Services in the Welsh Government. From 2005 to 2007, she was
Minister for Assembly Business and Chief Whip. In the first Cabinet of the
Third Assembly she was appointed Minister for Budget and Assembly Business.
In the coalition Cabinet
announced on 19 July 2007 she became Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong
Learning and Skills. In December 2009 she was appointed Minister for Business
and Budget, subsequently Minister for Finance until 2016 when she was appointed
Leader of the House and Chief Whip at the start of the Fifth Assembly.