I’m Heledd, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for South Wales Central, which covers Rhondda Cynon Taf, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
I live in the beautiful town of Pontypridd with my husband and our son.
Even though it has been my home for almost a decade, I’m originally from Ynys Mon – Anglesey – where I lived until I left to study History and Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. During my time there, I was elected as the Education Sabbatical Officer for the Students Union. I was then elected in the same role for the Union of Students in Ireland. I then returned to Wales, and completed a masters degree in Medieval History at Bangor University.
From there, I went on to work for the Plaid Cymru group in Westminster before returning to Wales once more to take on a role at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. Prior to the 2021 election, I worked as their Head of Policy and Public Affairs, leading on governance, strategy, international relations and stakeholder engagement. As well as this, I served as a Board member for the Museums Association, chairing both its Ethics and Nations committees.
Though this will be the first time representing you in the Senedd, this is not the first time that I’ve represented our local communities. In 2017, I was elected to represent Pontypridd on Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, as well as on Pontypridd Town Council. Since my election, I have led and supported a number of prominent local campaigns, such as calling for an independent inquiry into the devastating floods of 2020, saving the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, and opposing changes to schools in the Pontypridd area.
My priorities for this Senedd term is to firstly, support communities across the region recover from the impact of COVID-19. This includes investing in health and social care, as well as education, and supporting the businesses and freelancers who have lost income due to restrictions.
Secondly, we must take action to tackle climate change. We have ten years to save our planet, and we need a Government that will prioritise genuine action rather than make empty promises.
Then thirdly, we need to tackle child poverty, and ensure fairness for every child in Wales. It is shocking that more and more families across our region are having to rely on food banks, and don’t have access to basic necessities such as food.
Since the election I have also become Plaid Cymru spokesperson for Culture, Sports and International Relations.
In addition to my duties in the Chamber, I will also sit on the Culture, Communications, Welsh language, Sport and International Relations committee as well as the Standards of Conduct committee.
You can keep up to date with my work in the Senedd by clicking here
At my regional office is in Pontypridd and across the region, I am holding regular surgeries where I offer help and advice to people in need of support. If you need to get in contact with me or my team, please email me via [email protected]
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