Kirsty Williams CBE served in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) for 22 years, prior to which she was appointed to advise Ministers on how the new democratic structure should operate. During her parliamentary career she served as chair of a number of committees including Heath and Social Services, Environment and Standards of Conduct.
In 2008 she became the first ever female leader of a main political party in Wales, a position she held for eight years.
In 2016 she was appointed Minister for Education, the only Liberal Democrat in a Labour Government, leading a programme of education reform and steering the sector through the first 18 months of the global pandemic. During Kirsty’s tenure as Education Minister she championed and developed a number of new international partnerships between Wales and Vietnam, the USA and regions of India and Spain.