Leighton Andrews was a Member of the National
Assembly for Wales between May 2003 and April 2016. This was his
biography at the time he left.
Born in Cardiff and brought up in Barry and
Dorset, Leighton Andrews holds a BA Honours (English and History)
from the University of Wales, Bangor, and an MA in History from the
University of Sussex. Leighton was a visiting professor at the
University of Westminster from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary
professor at Cardiff University.
Leighton has worked for several charities as a
parliamentary officer and campaign director, as well as working as
a public affairs consultant in the private sector.
He was head of public affairs for BBC Wales
between 1993 and 1996 and also worked as a lecturer at Cardiff
School of Journalism. He is a former board member of Tai Cymru.
Leighton was first elected to the Assembly in
May 2003. In his first term he served on the Education, Culture,
and Economic Development Committees. Leighton was re-elected in May
2007, following which he joined the Welsh Government as Deputy
Minister for Social Justice and Public Service Delivery, with
special responsibility for housing issues. When the One Wales
coalition government was formed in July 2007, Leighton was
appointed Deputy Minister for Regeneration, working within the
Department for the Economy and Transport and the Department for
Social Justice and Local Government. In 2009 he was appointed
Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning. In May 2011
he became Minister for Education and Skills.
His political interests include education, the
economy, culture, housing, the media, health and social