Ministerial Address: Post Covid Wales - Joint Event -

21 Sep
Monday 21st September 2020

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Coronavirus has had a significant impact on all countries around the world and Wales. As well as the health risks; jobs are at risk; public finances are at risk; our vulnerable communities are at risk. The Minister will discuss the important role infrastructure and the built environment can play in our recovery from the crisis.

This event is supported by the Built Environment Alliance Cymru (BEAC), comprising ICE, CIOB, RTPI, CEW, RSAW, RICS and CIH and also by the Welsh Infrastructure Alliance (WIA) comprising ICE, ACE, CECA, CEW, CIHT, CITB, CIWEM, CIWM and IStructE.


Julie James MS

Minister for Housing and Local Government

Julie James

Until she was elected as Member of the Senedd for Swansea West, Julie was a leading environmental and constitutional lawyer. Prior to this, she was assistant chief executive at Swansea Council. She spent most of her legal career in local government, working as a policy lawyer with the London Borough of Camden before returning to Swansea to work for West Glamorgan County Council and then the City and County of Swansea.

Since being elected Julie sat on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, Enterprise and Business Committee and Environment and Sustainability Committee. Julie published the ‘Influencing the Modernisation of EU Procurement Policy’ Report as Chair of the Enterprise and Business Committee’s Procurement Task and Finish Group. Julie also sat as Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee’s Common Fisheries Policy Task and Finished Group.

Julie James was appointed Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology in September 2014. In May 2016 Julie was appointed as Minister for Skills and Science. Julie was appointed Leader of the House and Chief Whip on 3 November 2017. On 13 December 2018 Julie was appointed Minister for Housing and Local Government.

Julie is a committed green campaigner, environmentalist and a keen swimmer and skier.