Secretary of State for Wales

The Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP


Alun Cairns was appointed Secretary of State for Wales on 19 March 2016. He was elected as Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan in May 2010 (re-elected 2015).


Alun attended the University of Wales and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Political career

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales and a Government Whip July 2014 to March 2016
  • appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Wales Office 2014
  • elected as MP for the Vale of Glamorgan 2010
  • elected as Assembly Member to the Welsh Assembly 1999

Career outside politics

Before being elected to the Welsh Assembly, Alun worked for Lloyds Bank for more than 10 years, mostly in business development, with his last role in financial services compliance.

Personal life

Alun lives in his constituency with his wife Emma, who runs her own small business, and their son Henri. His father was a welder in British Steel and his mother was a shop-keeper.

He enjoys running and has completed 4 London Marathons in aid of local charities and was the fastest MP to complete the 26 mile course in 2015.

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 and Business
  • Budget
  • Infrastructure
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Steel
  • Swansea City Deal / Tidal Lagoon
  • North Wales Growth Deal / North Wales transport modernisation
  • Broadcasting
  • Exiting the EU

Previous roles in government

  1. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. UK Government Minister for Wales

    • 2014 to 2016


  1. Swansea receives £36 million UK government funding for its clean energy tech breakthrough
  2. Seven Welsh high streets shortlisted for Great British High Street awards
  3. Welsh Secretary discusses Brexit with EU Expert Panel
  4. UK Government announces £23.5m to fund teachers’ pay increases in Wales
  5. Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) communiqué: 13 September 2018
  6. Landmark Agriculture Bill to deliver a green Brexit
  7. Welsh Secretary marks Aston Martin’s investment in zero emission vehicle manufacturing at St Athan site
  8. Welsh Secretary to outline his vision for a “Western Powerhouse”
  9. New figures show rise in Welsh goods exports
  10. Alun Cairns: “The UK Government will carry out its duty to protect Welsh industries as we leave the EU”