Carl Sargeant new Welsh Natural Resources Minister
As part of First Minister Carwyn Jones’ ministerial reshuffle, announced on social media outlet Twitter, Sargeant takes on the brief from John Griffiths, who was given the Natural Resources portfolio earlier this year after Alun Davies was dismissed from his post for breaking the ministerial code. (Taking to Twitter today, Davies said: ‘Delighted! Really good news >>> @fmwales: @carlsargeant1 becomes Minister for Natural Resources #reshuffle’.)
Lesley Griffiths replaces Jeff Cuthbert as Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister (Cuthbert has now left government), and takes on Sargeant's previous portfolio of housing and regeneration.
Sargeant, has also previously held the Local Government and Transport brief.
Speaking of the reshuffle on Twitter, Sargeant said: 'I've been so lucky to work with a progressive housing/regen sector . #thankyou #makingadifference #nextchallenge #wales #housing'
— Carl Sargeant AM (@carlsargeant1) September 11, 2014
Rebecca Evans, former Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, has now been appointed Deputy Minister for Farming and Food.
Sargeant was born in St. Asaph, North Wales. He is married, has two children and lives in Connah’s Quay, North Wales.
Previously employed by a leading manufacturing company in North Wales he has trained as a quality and environmental auditor and also as an industrial fire-fighter.
Sargeant was first appointed to the National Assembly in 2003. He has previously been Vice-Chairman of the Recreation and Entertainment Committee, sat on the Enterprise, Innovation and Networks subject committee and was a member of the Railway, Infrastructure and Passenger Committee. He was also a member of the Welsh Assembly’s Audit Committee.
Cabinet in full
- Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales
- Edwina Hart AM OStJ MBE, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport
- Prof Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health & Social Services
- Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills
- Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance & Government Business
- Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Public Services
- Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities & Tackling Poverty
- Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Natural Resources
- Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Minister for Health
- Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport & Tourism
- Rebecca Evans AM, Deputy Minister for Farming & Food
- Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology
- Janice Gregory AM
'A cabinet equipped with the skills and experience to deliver the changes that Wales needs'
Speaking of the reshuffle, First Minister Jones said: “This is a cabinet equipped with the skills and experience to deliver the changes that Wales needs in the crucial months ahead. We promised this would be a term of delivery and I am proud of what we have achieved together in the last three years. Unemployment is lower here than in England. We have seen our best ever inward investment figures, record exam results, and ground-breaking legislation. However, there is still a huge amount for us to do, especially in the delivery of our public services reform programme.
“I give my heartfelt thanks to John Griffiths, Jeff Cuthbert and Gwenda Thomas as they leave government. I have valued their hard work, advice and loyalty and I look forward to their continued contribution to Welsh politics and public life. I welcome Julie James to her first role in government, and welcome back Leighton Andrews to the cabinet.”