21 November, Radisson Blu, Cardiff
Mark was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff more than 30 years ago. In the 1980s and 1990s Mark was a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, specialising in education issues. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked as the Cabinet’s Health and Social Policy Adviser at the Welsh Government.
Mark became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He was Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee and of the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds from July 2011 to March 2013. He was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services in March 2013 and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government in May 2016. Mark was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance on 3 November 2017.
On 12 December 2018 Mark was appointed First Minister of Wales and became a member of the Privy Council on 13 February 2019.
Adrian graduated with a degree in Economics at Bath University, and worked in Paris before taking up a position as a Research Clerk at the House of Commons Library Research Division. He worked as government statistician at the Welsh Office prior to devolution before becoming Committee Clerk at the newly established National Assembly for Wales. Adrian undertook various roles at the National Assembly before becoming Director of Assembly Business in 2007.
Since 2014, alongside his role at the National Assembly, Adrian has worked as an Associate for Global Partners Governance, a social purpose company strengthening parliamentary democracy and political institutions in countries around the world.
Adrian’s voluntary and not-for-profit work has seen him as a board member of LINC Cymru and he is a member of the Study of Parliament Group. In March 2018, Adrian was recommended by the National Assembly for Wales for appointment as the Auditor General for Wales and was formally appointed to the position by HM The Queen. As Head of the Wales Audit Office, he oversees the annual audit of some £20bn of taxpayers’ money and is appointed on an eight-year term.
A general practitioner by background, Chris was a practising GP for 32 years as Senior Partner in the Taff Vale Practice in Pontypridd.
He was Chairman of Cwm Taf University Health Board between 2009 and 2017, and prior to that, had been Chairman of Rhondda Cynon Taff Local Health Board since 2004. Chris was awarded a CBE for his services to healthcare through NHS Wales in 2007, where his interests have included population health and primary care. Dr Jones has been the Coordinating Chair of Health Boards and Trusts since 2014 and was also Chair of the Welsh NHS Confederation during 2015/16.
He created “Setting the Direction: A Strategic Change Delivery Programme for Primary and Community Services in Wales” in 2009. He also led three Ministerial Reviews: North Wales (2004), Gwent (2006), and Out of Hours Services (2014).
Dr Jones has supported the Special Measures in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (2016) and has been a member of the 111 Steering Group and Unscheduled Care Programme Board since 2016.
Carolyn Williamson is Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Resources for Hampshire County Council and is responsible for the Corporate Services Shared Partnership arrangement covering the county council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Oxfordshire County Council, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council which encompasses finance, HR and transactional services to the partners. This is a unique arrangement which operates across the public sector with joint governance arrangements and a cost sharing arrangement to underpin the partnership.
Carolyn is the Chief Financial Officer for Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Pension Fund. Carolyn is also responsible for Hampshire County Council’s IT Service and leads on the digital strategy implementation for the county council.
Carolyn is CIPFA-qualified, since 1991. Carolyn is President of CIPFA and has been a member of CIPFA Council since 2013, having held chairmanship roles on the Audit Committee and Student and Members Board, as well as attending CIPFA Council.
Graham Atkins is a researcher at the Institute for Government, working on Performance Tracker, the Institute’s annual data-driven assessment of the government’s performance in running public services. Prior to that, he worked on projects about infrastructure policy-making and private finance.
Before joining, he worked at a public sector consultancy, DragonGate, on a range of projects for local government and the broader public sector.
Brian was appointed finance commissioner for Northamptonshire County Council in 2018 and is the former director of corporate resources and deputy chief executive at Leicestershire County Council. Previously, he worked at Staffordshire County Council, Hampshire County Council, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Hart District Council and Merseyside County Council.
Brian qualified as an accountant in 1980 and was CIPFA President in 2016. He was a member and past president of the Society of County Treasurers and he has also been an LGA core finance adviser and past president of the Association of Local Government Treasurers. Brian is currently a national council member of CIPFA and a trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny.