9 June 2007 – 25 May 2011
|First Minister||Carwyn Jones
|Preceded by||New post|
|Succeeded by||Sandy Mewies|
|Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Cardiff South and Penarth
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
|Preceded by||New Assembly|
|Succeeded by||Vaughan Gething|
Ynyshir, Rhondda, Wales
|Political party||Labour and Co-operative Party|
Barrett publicly announced in February 2009 that she would not be seeking re-election to the Assembly in 2011 and would instead pursue her new vocation as a British Humanist Association-accredited humanist Celebrant. She now conducts humanist or non-religious funeral ceremonies for local residents.
Barrett was born in Ynyshir, Rhondda, to Rosina and Donald Booth, a retired coalminer, and went to Porth County School for Girls. She married Paul "Legs" Barrett, the manager/agent of rock and roll acts such as Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets. They have a son, Lincoln Barrett (also known as drum and bass DJ High Contrast) and a daughter, Satellite City actor Shelley Miranda Barrett.
She was a nurse and a Councillor in the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Town Council and worked as an assistant to the current Cardiff South and Penarth Member of Parliament, Alun Michael for 12 years from 1987-99. She was a member of the Welsh Labour executive and the National Policy Forum.
Barrett is a member of the Transport & General Workers Union and chairs the Co-operative Party Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare within the Assembly. She is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. She is also a member of the British Humanist Association and is now a trained Celebrant, conducting Humanist or non-religious funeral ceremonies.
Welsh Assembly Commissioner
Barrett was elected to the Welsh National Assembly as the member for Penarth and Cardiff South in May 1999 and has subsequently been re-elected twice. Her period as an Assembly member ended in 2011.
Barrett, in her new capacity as Assembly Commissioner for a Sustainable Environment, was involved in a 2007 row over genetically modified foods in the Welsh Assembly Canteen. The Assembly had earlier signed a document committing to "maximum restrictions on GM crops" when it later became apparent that the Assembly canteen was serving items containing GM ingredients. Barrett explained the situation saying "We have discussed this with our in-house caterers, Charlton House. They do not deliberately source GM foods and in fact make every effort to avoid using GM products." 
Barrett was critical of the planned Cardiff Bay expansion of "something like 1,250 apartments a year". Barrett suggested this might cause future problems with community cohesion and lack of affordable housing.
Barrett pressed for the Cardiff Bay Barrage to be opened up for pedestrian and cycle traffic. The pedestrian and cyclist short cut to Cardiff across the barrage finally opened to the public on Friday 27 June 2008. Barrett was one of the first to cross, walking to work at the Assembly and she described the experience as "invigorating".[this quote needs a citation]
- Profile at British Humanist Association
- Welsh Labour Party Website
- Website of the Welsh Assembly Government
|National Assembly for Wales|
|Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth