Key interests and
enjoys the recreations of hill walking and jogging from the family
cottage near Betws y Coed. He is also Vice-President of the
National Trust Snowdonia Appeal which invests in sustainable
farming and conservation in Snowdonia. Dafydd Elis-Thomas is also
active in the Church in Wales.
Dafydd Elis-Thomas has
lived most of his life in the Snowdonia National Park.
As a former researcher
and teacher in adult and higher education, he maintains close links
with Bangor University as Chancellor, and with Coleg Llandrillo as
He was elected by his
colleagues as ‘Llywydd’ or Presiding Officer of the
National Assembly in 1999, 2003 and 2007, and has led improvements
and reforms in the Assembly’s ways of working.
These include an
accessible Petitions Committee, and new clear standing orders, and
a ‘Vote 2011’ campaign to encourage registration
especially among new younger voters. He also introduced a new law
to ensure AM’s pay and staff conditions are decided by an
independent Remuneration Board, and a strong Independent
Commissioner for Standards for AMs to promote the best quality of
In the Fourth Assembly,
Dafydd was a member of the National Assembly’s Enterprise and
Business Committee, and a member of the Constitutional and
Legislative Affairs Committee.