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Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

First published:
24 July 2015
Last updated:

This was published under the 2011 to 2016 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 10 Special Advisors in post for all or part of the 2014/15 financial year, as set out in the table below

Special Adviser / Pay Band
Andrew Bold /  2
Madeleine Brindley /  1
David Costa * /  1
Matt Greenough /   1
Andrew Johnson /  1
Steve Jones*** /  2
Jo Kiernan /  2
Andrew Pithouse** /  2
Alex Rawlin / 1
Chris Roberts /  1
  * on secondment started 17/11/14
  ** on secondment & part-time
  *** left 15/9/14

The paybill cost for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 totalled £626,995. This includes salary, employers’ national insurance contributions and pension contributions. No severance payments were made.

Special Adviser Pay Bands for 2014-15

The pay bands and pay ranges for special advisers for 2014-15 were as follows:

Pay Band 1 £40,352 – £54,121
Pay Band 2 £52,215 – £69,266