People of the Senedd

Ken Skates MS

Ken Skates MS

Senedd Constituency Member

Welsh Labour

Welsh Labour Group

Clwyd South


My Senedd Activities

What steps is the Welsh Government taking to support teaching assistants in Welsh schools?

Tabled on 07/09/2022

Will the First Minister provide an update on the progress of the north Wales metro?

Tabled on 30/06/2022

What impact will changing the classification of self-catering properties for tax purposes have on residents in communities with increasing amounts of self-catering accommodation?

Tabled on 22/06/2022

Will the Minister make a statement on investment in Clwyd South through the 21st century schools programme?

Tabled on 15/06/2022

What support is the Welsh Government providing to people in Clwyd South in light of the current cost-of-living crisis?

Tabled on 09/06/2022

This Senedd: 1. Calls for the new Citizen Voice Body for Health and Social Care (CVB) to be headquartered in North Wales. 2. Believes that locating the CVB headquarters in the North...

For debate on 09/06/2022

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Detailed information: Ken Skates MS


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.

Media Assets

Register of Interests

Register of Interests – Fifth Senedd (PDF, 3.25MB)

Register of Interests – Fourth Assembly (PDF, 850kb)


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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