I was Assistant General Secretary of the Welsh Labour Party prior to my election to the National Assembly in May 1999. Born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1964, I was educated at Edinburgh University and taught chemistry at my former secondary school, Afon Taf High School.
I have previously reviewed the Welsh Government’s flagship anti-poverty programme, Communities First and the Government’s strategy to eliminate child poverty.
During my time at the National Assembly, I have served in a number of Ministerial posts including: Government Whip; Deputy Minister for Education; Deputy Minister for Social Justice & Regeneration; Deputy Minister for Economy & Transport; Deputy Minister for Children; Minister for Housing, Regeneration & Heritage and Minister for Communities & Tackling Poverty.
The First Minister, Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, appointed me as Minister for Education & Skills in June 2013.
I’m married to Lynne Neagle (who is the Labour Assembly Member for Torfaen) and we have two children; James and Sam.
I am pleased to be the president of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association and a member of Merthyr Tydfil Credit Union; Merthyr Alzheimer’s Association and the Osteoporosis Society, Merthyr Tydfil &
District Support Group. In addition, I am a member of the Unite trade union, the Fabian Society and the Co-operative Party.