What I do
Leighton is Professor of Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation at Cardiff Business School.
Formerly Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Public Services in Carwyn Jones's Welsh Labour Governments from 2009-16, a Deputy Minister in Rhodri Morgan's One Wales Government from 2007-9 and Assembly Member for the Rhondda from 2003-16.
Prior to his election to the National Assembly in 2003, Leighton had had a successful career in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He was the BBC's Head of Public Affairs in London from 1993-1996 during its Charter Renewal campaign. He ran a number of businesses in the public relations field and set up his own business after leaving the BBC. He has chaired the Digital News Taskforce for the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly since November 2016. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Affairs.