Alun Michael is a former Cabinet Minister who has held office as Deputy Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Wales, Minister for Rural Affairs and Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, as well as having been the first First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales.
He is currently a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. He is Chair of the Christian Socialist Movement, the All-Party Group for Somaliland, the Parliamentary Information Technology Forum, the All Party Group for Civil Society and Volunteering and has played a leading role in establishing the UK Internet Governance Forum.
He is a member of the National Executive of the Co-operative Party and a Fellow of the RSA. He is a Patron of Volunteering England and a Vice-President of the Local Government Association.
First elected to Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth in 1987, he became Deputy Home Secretary in 1997, with special responsibility for Criminal Justice, the Police and Voluntary Sector.
He joined the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales in 1998 and in 1999 was elected the Founding First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales. He stood down in February 2000.
He returned to Government in 2001 as Minister of State for Rural Affairs. He had the difficult task of handling the Government’s legislation on hunting with dogs as well as steering the Clean Neighbourhoods Act, the Gangmasters Act and the Ragwort Act onto the Statute Book.
Born at Bryngwran, Ynys Mon, on 22nd August 1943, he was educated at Colwyn Bay Grammar School and Keele University. A journalist on the South Wales Echo between 1966 and 1971, he went on to spend 16 years as a Youth and Community worker in Cardiff. He became a magistrate in 1972 and was Chairman of the Cardiff Juvenile Bench before being elected to Parliament. A fluent Welsh Speaker, he is married with five children and nine grandchildren. He enjoys mountain walking, running, music and reading.