Carwyn Meets:
James Price, Chief Executive at Transport for Wales


Brand new podcast series ‘Carwyn Meets’ from Business News Wales

The series will see former First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones, talk to a variety of prominent figures in the Welsh business community around the challenges and opportunities facing the Welsh economy today.

The new Carwyn Meets series is the latest development in Business News Wales’ newly developed podcast strategy, following the launch of its Business Weekly podcast back in February. The podcasts are recorded at a purposely built studio at Business News Wales’ offices in the Welsh capital.

In this episode, Carwyn sits down with James Price, Chief Executive of Transport for Wales.


James took up the post of Chief Executive at Transport for Wales in January 2018 after a period of two years in which he was Chair of Transport for Wales during its start-up phase. 

James was Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Welsh Government and was the additional accounting officer for Economy, Transport, Skills and Natural Resources, leading a team of around 2,500 Civil Servants until the end of 2017. 
James started his career in Civil engineering contracting before moving into the Civil Service.

James is a professional Economist by training and background having held a number of different roles across the UK with the Welsh Government, the UK Government and with Government-owned Agencies in Wales and England.  Since 2007, James has held responsibility for infrastructure delivery for the Welsh Government, firstly as Director for Transport and subsequently as Director General and Deputy Permanent Secretary.



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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