Professor Andrew Davies

Person imageProfessor Andrew Davies

Chair, ARCH Programme Board

Andrew Davies is Chair of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, which covers the area of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. He is an Honorary Professor of Swansea University.

One of the ‘architects’ of devolution, Andrew headed up Welsh Labour’s Welsh Assembly referendum campaign in 1997 before being elected as Assembly Member for Swansea West in 1999. An AM for twelve years, he was a Welsh Government Cabinet Minister alongside former Wales First Minister Rhodri Morgan for over 10 years. As a Government Minister, Andrew was Minister for Assembly Business; Minister for Economy & Transport; eMinister with responsibility for co-ordinating Wales’ Digital and Broadband policy, and Finance & Public Service Delivery Minister.

Andrew was the author of Welsh Labour’s 2011 Assembly manifesto, the basis of First Minister Carwyn Jones’ Programme for Government, and in 2010 was ‘AM of the Year’ in the Welsh Politician of the Year awards.

In 2012 he was appointed by Edwina Hart, Welsh Government Minister for Business, to Chair the Welsh Commission on Co-operatives and Mutuals, which reported in 2013.

In 2010 Andrew became Chair of the National Dance Company Wales, and before becoming Chair of ABMU Health Board he was a non-Executive Director of the UK-based Charity Bank and also a member of OFCOM’s Wales Advisory Committee. He chaired the ‘Finance and Funding’ working group of ‘The Changing Union’, a three-year research project sponsored by the Institute of Welsh
Affairs, the Wales Governance Centre and Tomorrow’s Wales/Cymru Yfory.

Andrew has an in-depth knowledge of Wales and the Welsh economy through his experience in government, the private sector and the fields of education and training. A graduate of Swansea University where he also trained as a teacher, Andrew is a qualified counsellor and has lectured extensively in further, higher and continuing education. A Regional Labour party official in Wales in the 1980s, he moved to lead the Ford Motor Company's Employee Development & Assistance Programme in south Wales, and prior to becoming an AM he was co-founder of a Cardiff-based public affairs company with Leighton Andrews.

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