Science and the Assembly/Gwyddoniaeth a’r Cynulliad

22 May 2018 12:45-19:30, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Designed to foster close relations with the National Assembly and the Welsh Government, Science and the Assembly is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, on behalf of, and in cooperation with, the Welsh science and engineering community.

The theme for 2018 is Science and Industry in Wales
Senedd and the Pierhead

Senedd and the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4PZ, United Kingdom

Nick Ramsay AM, Welsh Assembly Member for Monmouth, United Kingdom

Born in 1975 and originally from Cwmbran, he was educated at Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School and at Durham University where he graduated in English and Philosophy.  He later gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics from Cardiff University.
From 2004-2007 Nick served as a County Councillor for the ward of Mardy in Monmouthshire.
Nick was first elected to the Assembly in 2007, and was appointed Shadow Minister for Local Government until October 2008 when he was appointed Shadow Minister for Finance and Public Service Delivery.  In 2010 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Health.  From 2011-2014 Nick Chaired the Enterprise and Business Committee. 
He is currently Shadow Secretary for Finance for the Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales, and Chairman of the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee.   
Nick lives in the picturesque village of Raglan and in his spare time enjoys walking and raising funds for local charities. He has hosted a number of pub quizzes over the last few years to raise funds for the Raglan Church Roof.

David Rees AM, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, United Kingdom

David is a true native of Port Talbot and continues to live in the constituency. He is married to Marie, a superintendent radiographer at Neath Port Talbot hospital, and they have two adult daughters both of whom were educated at local Welsh medium schools.

David was educated at local infant, junior and comprehensive schools before moving on to Cardiff University where he gained an honours degree in Engineering and a post graduate teaching qualification. Upon completing his studies at University he bought a house in his home town and began a successful career in Education. He first worked as a teacher at Cynffig Comprehensive School in Kenfig Hill, then becoming a lecturer at Afan College before moving into Higher Education. Prior to becoming AM for Aberavon he was an Assistant Dean of Faculty at Swansea Metropolitan University. During this time working in Higher Education he gained a further post graduate qualification, MSc, and is currently studying for his doctorate.

David joined the Labour Party in 1982 and has been an active member ever since. He has held several positions within the Labour Party and was the Constituency Labour Party secretary for Aberavon between 2005 and 2011, standing down to concentrate on the 2011 Assembly election. He is a member of Unite and currently acts as the convenor of the Unite Group of AMs. Throughout his working life he has been a strong advocate for good working relationships with the trade unions and regularly raises trade union issues in the Senedd.

David is currently the Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee in the Assembly, which considers current health and social care issues, scrutinises government legislation and produces topical reports based on committee inquiries. He is also a member of the Children and Young People’s Committee, considering issues across multiple portfolios, particularly health and education, and playing an important role in advocating for the wellbeing of children and young people.

Through his role as the Chair of the Cross Party Group on Industrial Communities, he is actively involved in campaigns to improve economic and social conditions in Wales’s Communities. At the same time David also acts as the Chair of the Cross Party Group on Science and he strongly advocates the position Science and Technology can play in economic policy.

His other interests include Communities First, child poverty, youth engagement, regeneration and education.

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