Key interests and achievements
Jane is an honorary fellow of UWIC and a
member of UNISON.
Jane Hutt spent part of her childhood in
Uganda and Kenya, and was educated at the University of Kent, the
London School of Economics and Bristol University. She has lived
and worked in Wales since 1972.
With Welsh-speaking grandparents originating
from north Wales, Jane has a lifelong commitment to Wales and is a
Jane became the first National Co-ordinator of
Welsh Women’s Aid in 1978 and was a founder of South
Glamorgan Women’s Workshop. She went on to become the first
director of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS Wales)
and was subsequently director of Chwarae Teg (Fair Play).
She is the author of 'Opening the Town Hall
Door – an Introduction to Local Government' and 'Making
Opportunities – a Guide for Women and Employers'.
Jane was an elected member of the former South
Glamorgan County Council for 12 years. She was first elected to the
Assembly in 1999. Between 1999 and 2005 she served as Minister for
Health and Social Services in the Welsh Government. From 2005 to
2007, she was Minister for Assembly Business and Chief Whip. In the
first Cabinet of the Third Assembly she was appointed Minister for
Budget and Assembly Business.
In the coalition Cabinet announced on 19 July
2007 she became Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning
and Skills. In December 2009 she was appointed Minister for
Business and Budget, subsequently Minister for Finance until 2016
when she was appointed Leader of the House and Chief Whip at the
start of the Fifth Assembly.