Carwyn Meets:
Cerys Furlong, CEO of Chwarae Teg


Carwyn Meets Cerys Furlong

In this episode, Carwyn sits down with Cerys Furlong, CEO of Chwarae Teg and Part-Owner of several restaurants.

Cerys joined Chwarae Teg in 2017, having spent 15 years working in the education and skills sector. As Chief Executive Cerys sets the strategic direction for Chwarae Teg and stretches our ambitions as we strive to make Wales a world leader in gender equality. 

Prior to this, Cerys worked in roles at the Learning and Work Institute, the Open University and the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, as well as having served as a Councillor for Cardiff County Council for five and half years.

Alongside business partners, Cerys has established, opened and run several businesses in the hospitality and catering trade in South Wales. Starting with critically acclaimed The Potted Pig, which opened in 2011 and subsequently two further branches of Porro restaurants. She is now focused on three venues: Milkwood in Pontcanna (est. July 2017), The Lansdowne pub in Canton (est. 2012) and The Grange pub in Grangetown (est. 2017).

Carwyn Meets Cerys Furlong


Carwyn Jones was born in 1967 and was educated at Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend, the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the Inns of Court School of Law, London. Prior to his election, he was a barrister in chambers in Swansea specialising in Criminal, Family and Personal Injury Law and a professional tutor at Cardiff University Law School.

Carwyn has served as a Bridgend County Borough Councillor and was Chair of the County Borough Council Labour Group. He has been a Labour Party member since 1987 and played an active role in the ‘Yes for Wales’ campaign.

Role in the Assembly

As well as representing his constituency of Bridgend in the Assembly, Carwyn has also fulfilled a number of different roles within the cabinet. Carwyn was appointed as a Deputy Secretary in March 2000 and replaced Christine Gwyther as Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary on the eve of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July 2000.

In March 2002 the role of Business Minister was added to his Rural Affairs portfolio. In June 2002 he was appointed Minister for Open Government. In May 2003 he was appointed Minister for the Environment, Planning and the Countryside. In May 2007 he was appointed Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language and from July 2007 was appointed Counsel General and Leader of the House.

Following the retirement of Rhodri Morgan AM in December 2009, he was appointed First Minister of Wales. He was appointed to the Privy Council on 9 June 2010. Following re-election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011, Carwyn Jones was re-appointed First Minister by Her Majesty The Queen, following nomination by the National Assembly for Wales.

Carwyn joins Business News Wales as a Senior Consultant, bringing his considerable knowledge to the Publisher.

His interests include sport, reading and travel. He is a fluent Welsh speaker.


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