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Exclusive Interview – David Stevens, CBE


In the episode of Business Insights, host Carwyn Jones interviews co-founder of Admiral and new chair of Business in Focus, David Stevens, CBE.

David Stevens Exclusive Interview from Business News Wales on Vimeo.

Former chief executive of FTSE 100 car insurance to loans group Admiral, David Stevens, will take up a new role supporting Business in Focus as its chair in 2023.

About Business in Focus

Business in Focus is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting new and established businesses, and has been helping people start and grow their own businesses for over three decades,

The organisation provides tailored expert business advice, access to finance, property requirements and skills training.

Some of their services are delivered on behalf of public and private bodies, and they have an excellent track record of working with both the UK and Welsh Governments.


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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