Edwina Hart was a Member of the National Assembly for Wales
between May 1999 and April 2016. This was her biography at the time she left.
Edwina Hart was born and raised in Gowerton, Swansea, where she lives
with her husband and daughter.
She was the first female president of the banking union BIFU (now
part of Unite), and went on to chair the Wales TUC. Edwina has served as a member of the Broadcasting Council for Wales, the
Wales Millennium Centre, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the South Wales
West Economic Forum. She was also a non-executive director of ‘Chwarae Teg’ -
an organisation which promotes the role of women in the workplace.
Edwina was awarded an MBE in 1998 for services to the trade union
Edwina has been Gower’s Assembly
Member since the first Assembly election in 1999. Having served as the
Assembly’s first Finance Secretary, in 2000 the role was changed to include
responsibility for local government, so she became Minister for Finance and
After the 2003 Assembly election,
she was appointed the Social Justice and Regeneration Minister and Edwina was
appointed to the Health and Social Services in May 2007. Following her
re-election in May 2011, Edwina was appointed Minister for Business, Enterprise
Her main political interests are
equal opportunities and economic development.
She is a member of Community,
the union for life, and a member of Unite union.