Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Wales


The Secretary of State is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the UK Government in Wales.

Responsibilities include:

  • Welsh Government and Assembly Liaison
  • Constitutional and Electoral issues
  • Economy, Business & Inward Investment
  • Infrastructure
  • Exiting the EU
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Steel
  • Defence
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Public Appointments
  • Welsh Budget

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Simon Hart MP

Simon Hart was appointed Secretary of State for Wales on 16 December 2019. He was previously Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Implementation) at the Cabinet Office.

He was elected Conservative MP for Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire in May 2010.


Simon was born in Wolverhampton and grew up in the Cotswolds. He was educated at Radley College before attending the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester.

Political career

Since being elected to Parliament, Simon has been a member of a number of committees, including:

  • Welsh Affairs Select Committee;

  • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee;

  • Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee;

  • Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

Simon has also been a member/Chair of several APPGs including Tourism in Wales, Learning outside the Classroom, Marine Energy & Tidal Lagoons, EU/US Trade, and others.

He was also formerly the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Panama, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

Career outside politics

Simon worked as a Chartered Surveyor in Carmarthen and Haverfordwest and served with the Territorial Army for five years in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (part of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry).

Before being elected as an MP he was Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance.

Personal life

Simon lives in Llanmill near Narberth in Pembrokeshire with his wife Abigail and their two children.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP

    2016 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP

    2014 to 2016

  3. The Rt Hon David Jones MP

    2012 to 2014

  4. The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP

    2010 to 2012