Key interests and
Football is a
family interest and Carl enjoys watching Newcastle FC and, at
grassroots level, he is president of FC Nomads of Connah’s
Carl has lived in
Connah’s Quay in his constituency all his life. He is married
to Bernie and they have two children, Lucy and Jack.
an Assembly Member in 2003 Carl worked at a leading chemical
manufacturing plant and was a quality and environmental auditor and
Carl is a
campaigner against domestic violence. Carl’s commitment to
social justice was sparked after seeing the devastation of his
local community in the 1980s. Steelmaking ceased at Shotton
Steelworks and 6,500 people were made redundant overnight. This
event, along with local textile mill closures and the effects of
the recession, left the community reeling. At one point more than
30 per cent of local men were unemployed.
It was in this
context that Carl witnessed the damaging impact of heavy drinking
and domestic violence on families locally. He is a tireless
campaigner against domestic abuse, championing the White Ribbon
campaign and supporting the Shotton-based Domestic Abuse Safety
He served on
Connah’s Quay Town Council and as governor of Deeside College
and Ysgol Bryn Deva.
In the Third
Assembly Carl became the Labour Group’s Chief Whip and his
first government post was as Deputy Minister for Assembly Business.
Since then he has held the posts of Minister for Social Justice and
Local Government; Minister for Local Government and Communities;
Minister for Housing and Regeneration, and Minister for Natural
Carl is Cabinet
Secretary for Communities and Children.