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
Llandrillo Menai as Honorary President.
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
During the Fourth
Assembly (2011 – 2016), Dafydd was a member of the National
Assembly’s Business and Enterprise Committee, and a member of
the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee.
In October 2016, Dafydd
left Plaid Cymru and became an Independent Assembly