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Carwyn Jones, First Minister

First published:
26 July 2017
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

Special Advisers add a political dimension to the advice and assistance available to Ministers while reinforcing the political impartiality of the permanent Civil Service by distinguishing the source of political advice and support.

They are appointed by the First Minister to help Ministers on matters where the work of Government and the work of the Government Party overlap and where it would be inappropriate for permanent civil servants to become involved. They are an additional resource for the Minister providing assistance from a standpoint that is more politically committed and politically aware than would be available to a Minister from the permanent Civil Service.

There were 13 Special Advisers in post for all or part of the 2016/17 financial year, as set out in the table below


Special Adviser

Pay Band

Andrew Bold

2    (Last day of service 6/5/16)

Madeleine Brindley


David Costa


Matt Greenough


Andrew Johnson

Jo Kiernan

2  (Last day of service 6/5/16)

Andrew Pithouse**

2  (Last day of service 4/5/16)

Alex Rawlin


Kate Edmunds*

1  (Last day of service 15/1/17)

Jane Runeckles ***


Huw Price


Thomas Woodward


Gareth Williams ***


   * on secondment

   ** on secondment & part-time

   *** part-time


The paybill cost for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 totalled £592,616. This includes salary, employers’ national insurance contributions and pension contributions.  Severance payments of £127,661 were also made which were related to the election in May 2016 and the First Minister’s appointment of a new Cabinet.



Special Adviser Pay Bands for 2016-17


The pay bands and pay ranges for Special Advisers for 2016-17 were as follows:


Pay Band 1

£40,352 – £54,121

Pay Band 2

£52,215 – £69,266


This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns, I would be happy to do so.