Each Welsh Cabinet Secretary meets with representatives from the third sector twice a year, this is an important way for us to feed our views into policy making and improve service delivery.

Ministerial Meetings 2015

As part of the third sector scheme each Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary/Minister is committed to meeting with representatives of the relevant networks of third sector organisations covering their areas of responsibility at least twice in any one calendar year.

Please note the Ministerial Meeting guide linked to above will be updated soon. The current version remains live for your reference only; information within may not be up-to-date.

Who attends the Cabinet Secretary meetings?

Each meeting is attended by the relevant Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary or Minister and officials and representatives from the third sector. In 2000 the Third Sector Partnership Council agreed that a 'map' should be drawn up identifying all national third sector networks that bring together groups sharing a common interest - where no network was identified in major interest areas, significant individual organisations were asked to act as the network for this interest area.

The aim of producing the map is to ensure appropriate representation at Cabinet Secretary meetings by identifying relevant national third sector networks for each portfolio. Each network is asked to nominate a representative. Third sector representatives on the Third Sector Partnership Council, including representatives from the County Voluntary Councils, are also invited to each meeting.

Please get in touch with the relevant WCVA contact (these are listed in the table below) for details about the networks currently linked to each portfolio, and the names of the representatives.

Preparing for the meetings

WCVA has responsibility for arranging at least two planning meetings to prepare for each Cabinet Secretary meeting, and also ensures that the issues raised from the third sector are of broad relevance across the sector in order to maximise the effectiveness of the meetings. The third sector representatives should attend at least one of the two planning meetings and, if they wish to attend the meeting with a Cabinet Secretary, should also attend the pre-meeting (usually held on the same day as the meeting). They are expected to put forward agenda items and prepare papers as necessary. They have a duty to feed back to their network and ensure effective two-way communication between the sector and the meetings. Civil servants work with WCVA policy leads to prepare agendas, brief ministers about agenda items, prepare minutes of all Cabinet Secretary meetings, and pursue action points agreed at meetings.


Portfolio Cabinet Secretary/
WCVA lead


Cab Sec
meeting papers

Local Government and Public Services

Alun Davies

Anna Nicholl - anicholl@wcva.org.uk     


Letter to Alun Davies AM


Mark Drakeford

Anna Nicholl - anicholl@wcva.org.uk

Agenda 12.09.18

Brexit Forum Paper

Participatory Budgeting Paper

Agenda 24.10.18

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs

Lesley Griffiths

Clare Sain-Ley-Berry - cberry@wcva.org.uk

Agenda 18.09.18

Notes 18.09.18   


Economy and Transport

Ken Skates

Matthew Brown - mbrown@wcva.org.uk

Agenda 12.07.18

Notes 12.07.18 

Agenda 10.10.18

Paper 1

Paper 2


Health and Social Services

Vaughan Gething

Ruth Marks - rmarks@wcva.org.uk

Agenda 10.10.18

Notes 10.10.18

Children and Social Care

Huw Irranca-Davies

Ruth Marks - rmarks@wcva.org.uk




Kirsty Williams

Judith Stone - jstone@wcva.org.uk

Agenda 25.06.18

Notes 25.06.18

10/1/18 agenda
Paper 1, 10/1/18
Paper 2, 10/1/18
Paper 3, 10/1/18

Minutes 10/1/18

Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning

Eluned Morgan

Judith Stone - jstone@wcva.org.uk



Culture, Tourism and Sport

Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Matthew Brown - mbrown@wcva.org.uk



Housing and Regeneration

 Rebecca Evans

Anna Nicholl - anicholl@wcva.org.uk




 Hannah Blythyn

Clare Sain-Ley-Berry - cberry@wcva.org.uk


4/12/17 agenda
4/12/17 minutes