Main interests and achievements
Elin lives in Aberystwyth and enjoys music,
movies and reading. She is a member of Côr ABC in
Aberystwyth, and has also been a member of the group Cwlwm. In
2009, Elin won the Farmers Weekly British Farming Champion award in
addition to the Assembly Member of the Year award.
Elin was born in 1966 and grew up on a farm in
Llanwnnen, near Lampeter. She attended Llanwnnen Primary
School and Lampeter Secondary School. After receiving a BSc in
Economics from the University of Cardiff, she was awarded an MSc in
Rural Economics from the University of Aberystwyth.
Elin has worked as Economic Development
Officer for the Rural Wales Development Board. She has also been a
director with Radio Ceredigion and the television production
company Wes Glei Ltd.
Elin was a member of Aberystwyth Town Council
from 1992 until 1999 and she was the youngest Mayor of Aberystwyth
during the 1997-98 term. Elin was National Chair of Plaid Cymru
between 2000 and 2002.
Elin is the
Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales.
She was elected to the Assembly in May 1999
and, in the first term of the Assembly, was Shadow Minister for
Following the Assembly election in 2003, she managed retained this
portfolio until 2006, when she became Shadow Minister for the
Environment, Planning and Countryside. On 9 July 2007, the One Wales
Government was formed and Elin was appointed Minister for Rural