Kirsty Williams

Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government


Kirsty Williams has been Wales’s Cabinet Secretary for Education since May 2016. She entered government following an agreement with the First Minister, leading a “national mission of education reform” at all levels. This includes reducing class sizes, delivering a transformational new school curriculum, reforming teacher training and professional standards, and introducing the most progressive and equitable student finance system in Europe. She has been the Assembly Member for Brecon & Radnorshire since 1999, and was leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats 2008 – 2016. She was the first female leader of a Welsh political party. She is married to a farmer and they live on the family farm just outside Brecon with their three daughters.

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