Growing up near Brecon, I came to Cardiff University and live here with my partner and two teenage daughters aged 14 and 16. I ensured that both daughters have learnt to speak Welsh speakers, they both went to Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd in Whitchurch and are now at Ysgol Glantaf and Radyr Comprehensive.
I was brought in as an adviser at the heart of the Welsh Government by Rhodri Morgan in 2008 and then served under Carwyn Jones, advising and helping deliver policy on energy, climate change and taking measures to combat poverty and grow our economy.
I have since worked and represented governments on a world and global platform, negotiating agreements on climate change at the United Nations in New York, speaking with and leading debates and discussions with governments from across the world to help reach the global Climate agreement.
I joined the Labour Party because of the poverty and inequality I saw as a child and that disfigures our communities. I grew up in Thatcher’s Wales – with our communities attacked and people unable to make ends meet. We still see that legacy today. But we are facing something much worse. A Tory Government that cares nothing for our public services, for our communities or for Wales. I believe we need a voice in politics that speaks for the many and not the few and that represents you.