Carwyn Meets:
Katy Chamberlain, CEO of Business in Focus


Carwyn Meets Katy Chamberlain

In this episode Carwyn sits down with Katy Chamberlain, CEO of Business in Focus

Before taking over the helm at Business in Focus in 2012, Katy spent more than 20 years with international accountancy and advisory firm KPMG, leading teams delivering a variety of services to businesses in Wales and across the UK.

After that she took the role of Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg, the highly respected charity which promotes the role of women in the workforce in Wales.

Katy won the Welsh Woman of the Year Management Achievement Award in 2000 and was President of the South Wales Society of Chartered Accountants in 2010. She is Deputy Chair of the ICAEW Strategy Board for Wales.

Katy considers that her various roles have been the perfect training ground for the leadership of Business in Focus; “I am so lucky to hold this position, working with such a great team to deliver a mission which is crucial to real people, to our communities and the economy as a whole.”

When she’s not doing her day job, Katy spends her time with her family, watching iconic TV series', looking after horses and playing the piano.



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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