Carwyn Meets:
Ian Price, Director of CBI Wales


Carwyn Meets Ian Price

In this episode, Carwyn sits down with Ian Price, Director of CBI Wales

Director of CBI Wales, Ian heads up the CBI office in Wales, responsible for representing the majority of major businesses in Wales in their dealings with government and its support functions. He also looks after all recruitment and retention of members. He is consistently lobbying government in Cardiff and Westminster to ensure that the view of business is always taken into account when formulating policy.

Ian is also Chair Wales Apprenticeship Advisory Board, carrying out reviews of apprenticeship delivery in Wales. 

Prior to CBI Ian has held several senior roles within business.

Ian was in the Royal Air Force for nine years and served in the Falklands during 1982 and received the South Atlantic Campaign medal. He has one daughter and lives in Mumbles. He is an enthusiastic runner, having completed numerous half and full marathons, and is a lifelong Swansea City fan.


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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