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Business Leaders Invited to Hear from Ken Skates AM at IoD Event


The secretary for economy and infrastructure in Wales is to address business leaders at an Institute of Directors (IoD) North Wales lunch.

Ken Skates AM will speak at Soughton Hall, near Mold, at the leaders lunch on Thursday 25 May from noon to 2:30pm, with networking either side of the minister’s speech.

In his role as economy secretary, Ken is in charge of developing Wales’ roads and transport system, infrastructure including high speed internet, and business and the Welsh economy.

Major projects underway or in the pipeline in North Wales include £200m improvements to the A55/A494 dual carriageway, Wylfa Newydd Power Station, and a planned £30m manufacturing and research institute in Deeside.

Ken, who has represented Clwyd South in the Welsh Government since 2011, has previously served as deputy minister for Skills and Technology, and deputy of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

He was born in Wrexham and went to Mold Alun High School, before studying social and political science at Cambridge University. Prior to going into politics he worked as a journalist for the Wrexham Leader and BBC Wales.

Chair of IoD North Wales Helen Watson said:

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming Ken, and giving business leaders the opportunity to speak with him.

“He plays an important role in supporting businesses in North Wales, and his speeches always give fantastic insight into the Government’s plans.

“I urge all organisations who are interested in attending to book as soon as possible as demand for tickets is likely to be high.”

The IoD is the longest-standing organisation to serve and support business leaders, with more than 100 years of service in raising professional standards.

You don’t need to be a company director to join the IoD. Senior managers are welcome from large public organisations to small family firms.

Members benefit from services including free business advice, a full training programme, research facilities and networking events.

Tickets for the event are priced at £25 plus VAT for IoD members and £30 plus VAT for non-members.

To book onto the event, contact Debbie Trotman on 02920 389 990 or email [email protected].