CIPFA Wales Annual Conference

24 November, Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff

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Mark Drakeford AM

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government

Mark Drakeford Mark was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff more than 30 years ago. Since then he has lived in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff. A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader in Ely and Caerau, he has been a professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Mark has also taught 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. 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. He has a 30-year knowledge of the Cardiff West constituency.

Mark became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He was Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee from July 2011 - March 13 and of the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds from July 2011 – March 13. He was appointed minister for health and social services in March 2013. He was appointed cabinet secretary for finance and local government in May 2016.

Ruth Hussey CB, OBE

Retired Chief Medical Officer for Wales

Ruth Hussey

Ruth retired as chief medical officer for Wales in 2016 after nearly four years in the post. In that time, she supported policy on public health, quality and safety, primary care, research and development and health strategy with a particular focus on prudent health care.

Born and brought up in north Wales, her career developed in England, initially training as a GP, working in academia, as Director of Public Health in Liverpool and then in strategic posts in north West England for the NHS and Department of Health. Prior to joining Welsh Government, she was part of the Public Health Transition Team in the Department of Health in Whitehall.

An interest in tackling health inequalities and involving communities has underpinned her work.

Iolo Llewelyn

President of CIPFA Cymru Wales

Iolo Llewelyn

Iolo Llewelyn is governance manager at the Wales Audit Office (WAO), with responsibility for developing the WAO’s approach to governance audits. He is also responsible for developing the WAO’s commissioned work, both in the UK and overseas, including managing a portfolio of  overseas audits.

Prior to his current role, Iolo was Head of the Wales Audit Office’s Technical Unit. He qualified as an accountant with CIPFA in 1990.

Iolo is a member of CIPFA’s Technical Service Editorial Board and a former member of CIPFA’s Audit and Accountancy Standards Panel.

Tony Travers

Director of British Government, London School of Economics

Tony Travers

Tony is Director of British Government at LSE and co-director of LSE London and has key research interests in public finance, local, regional and London government.

Recently an adviser to the House of Commons Education Select Committee and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, he is a research board member of the Centre for Cities and of the New Local Government Network.

Tony is an Honorary Member of CIPFA and from 1992 to 1997 he was a member of the Audit Commission. He is the author of a number of books including Failure in British Government: The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing: How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills) and The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City. He also broadcasts and writes for the national media.

Carolyn Hitt


Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Carolyn Hitt has written and presented television and  radio series on the arts, popular culture, consumer issues, history and sport for Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales and ITV Wales. 

Carolyn’s broadcasting projects have ranged from Family Detectives, the popular ITV family history series, to Gareth@60, a BBC documentary on rugby legend Gareth Edwards. She is also in demand as a media pundit on a wide variety of subjects, from current affairs to literature and as a producer has worked with some of Wales’s most well-known personalities.

A former Welsh Feature Writer of the Year and Features Editor of the Western Mail, Carolyn is one of Wales's most popular newspaper and magazine columnists. An avid rugby fan, she was the first woman to win Welsh Sports Journalist of the Year.