Carwyn Meets:
Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport


Carwyn Meets Roger Lewis

In this episode, Carwyn sits down with Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport

In a career spanning over 40 years Roger has held senior positions in a number of leading culture, music, media, and sports brands, including Head of BBC Radio 1, MD of ITV Wales, a Managing Director of EMI Records, President of the Decca Record Company, Group Chief Executive of the WRU and the Millennium Stadium, a Director of GWR plc and the Managing Director and Programme Controller of Classic FM. 

In addition Roger has held non-executive positions as Chair of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Deputy Chair of Boosey and Hawkes, a Board Director of the Liverpool European Capital of Culture, a trustee of the Wales Millennium Centre and Chair of the Music and Dance School Scheme for the Department of Education and Skills.

Roger is currently the Chair of Cardiff Airport, appointed by the Welsh Government, Chair of the Racecourse Media Group, Chair of the Churchill Lines Foundation, a military charity, and a trustee of Compass for Life, an education charity for disadvantaged young people. He also advises a number of private companies.

He has appeared before House of Commons Select Committees, a Joint Committee Session of the House of Commons and National Assembly of Wales, and the National Assembly of Wales Public Accounts Committee and its Scrutiny Committee as an expert witness. He Chaired the Cardiff Capital Region Board, 2013-15, and the cross party Referendum Campaign in Wales in 2011 and was Chair of the International Advisory Board of Cardiff University from 2008-2018.

Roger is a graduate of Nottingham University and holds Honorary Doctorates from both Nottingham and Glamorgan Universities, Honorary Fellowships from Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music and a FRSA. He is fellow of the IWA and was a trustee of the IWA between 2014-17.


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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