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Carwyn Meets:
Ian Edwards, Chief Executive of Celtic Manor and ICC Wales

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Carwyn Meets Ian Edwards

In this episode, Carwyn sits down with Ian Edwards, Chief Executive of the Celtic Manor and International Conference Centre Wales.

Ian has a reputation for making things happen, having led the bid for Celtic Manor and Wales to stage the 2014 NATO Summit and was named ‘Hotelier of the Year 2015’ at the European Hospitality Awards.

With over 25 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, Ian has a thorough understanding of business tourism. Ian sits on the Wales Tourism Advisory Board, which is responsible for driving business tourism for the country.

ICC Wales is a joint venture between the Welsh Government and the Celtic Manor and has put Wales and Newport firmly on the map in a lucrative market.



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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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