Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Wales


The Secretary of State is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Wales Office.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall Strategic Direction
  • Constitutional and Electoral issues
  • Economy & Business
  • Welsh budget
  • Infrastructure
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Health
  • Localism
  • Justice

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP

Stephen Crabb was appointed Secretary of State for Wales on 15 July 2014. He was elected as Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire in 2005.


Stephen attended Tasker Milward School in Pembrokeshire. He has degrees from Bristol University (BSc) and London Business School (MBA).

Political career

  • elected as MP for his home constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire in 2005 (re-elected May 2010 and 2015)
  • appointed to the front bench as Opposition Whip 2009
  • appointed as an Assistant Government Whip 2011
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Wales Office 2012 to 2014

He has served on the Welsh Affairs, International Development and Treasury Select Committees.

Stephen is the leader of Project Umubano, the Conservative Party’s social action project in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Career outside politics

Before being elected to Parliament, Stephen worked as a marketing consultant. He has also worked for the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Stephen was Chairman of Governors of a large inner city primary school between 1998 and 2002 and has close links with a number of charities which help young people overcome challenges. He is also Patron of Pembrokeshire Mencap.

Personal life

Stephen grew up in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. He is married to Béatrice and has 2 young children.

Stephen enjoys a wide range of sports including rugby, mountain biking and tennis. He has run the London Marathon 3 times and enjoys cooking, playing guitar and learning French.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon David Jones

    • 2012 to 2014
  2. The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan

    • 2010 to 2012


  1. Economic growth in Wales
  2. Welsh devolution


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