Gwenda Thomas was a Member of the National
Assembly for Wales between May 1999 and April 2016. This was her
biography at the time she left.
Gwenda Thomas was born in Neath
and educated at Pontardawe Grammar School. She is married with one
son and is a former community and county councillor.
Gwenda was previously a
civil servant, having served in the County Courts branch of the
then Lord Chancellor's Department as an Executive Officer, and then
at the Benefits Agency.
She represented her home
village of Gwaun Cae Gurwen as both a community and county
councillor for many years. She was appointed Chair of the Social
Services Committees of West Glamorgan County Council and, following
local government reorganisation, of
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council - becoming the first woman to chair a
Until her ministerial
appointment in 2007, Gwenda was Chair of the Governing Body of
Ysgol Gynradd Gwaun Cae Gurwen Primary School.
Gwenda was first
elected to the Assembly in May 1999. During her career as an
Assembly Member, she has served as Chair of the Housing Committee,
Chair of the Assembly’s Equality of Opportunity Committee,
chaired a review into Safeguarding Vulnerable Children in Wales and
has been Deputy Minister for Social Services.
include health, social services, children’s issues, local
government and the voluntary sector.