Key interests and achievements
Mick Antoniwwas a founder member of the Bevan
Foundation and a former trustee of the Welsh Refugee Council. He is
Vice President of the Brynsadler Community Trust in Pontyclun and a
Trustee of Beddau-based youth counselling charity Eye-to-eye. He is
also a member of Welsh Labour Grassroots, the Co-operative Party,
GMB and the Musicians Union.
In his constituency, Mick’s focus is on
ensuring fairness and social justice for working people and
improving infrastructure, particularly in respect of transport. He
engages widely across his constituency and has been pleased to help
many individuals and groups make improvements in their local
Mick had been married to his wife Elaine for
over 30 years when she died suddenly in April 2015. The couple had
three children together, two of whom are grown up and one is in
college. The other family member is Pebbles; she’s a Bisson
Frise and a real character. Over the years Elaine and Mick fostered
a number of children together.
Mick was brought up in Reading and moved to
Wales to study law at Cardiff University in 1973. He loves Wales
and it’s where he met Elaine, so he’s lived here ever
since. Mick’s father was a refugee from Ukraine after the war
and he taught Mick Ukrainian, which he speaks fluently. Mick
continues to take Welsh lessons whenever he can and, while he
really enjoys it, he’s still some way from being fluent in
Before being elected as an Assembly Member in
201I, Mick was a partner at Trade Union solicitors Thompsons, where
he regularly represented people in Pontypridd and across Rhondda
Cynon Taf. His casework took him to the collieries at Nantgarw and
Cwm, South Wales Forgemasters and Brown Lenox among others and, as
a result, he has lived through the many changes in the constituency
over the years.
After qualifying as a solicitor in 1980, Mick
specialised in spinal and head injuries and corporate manslaughter.
He is a visiting fellow of the University of South Wales in
Treforest and has lectured widely across Wales, the UK and
internationally in the field of health and safety and law
Mick has served the people of Pontypridd and
Taff Ely as their Assembly Member since 2011, being re-elected in
In June 2016 he was appointed Counsel General
for Wales. As the Welsh Government’s Law Officer, Mick is the
Welsh Government’s chief legal advisor and represents it in
During the Fourth Assembly (2011 –
2016), Mick sat on the Assembly’s Enterprise and Business
Committee and the Environment and Sustainability Committee; and was
Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee. Mick continues to
participate in a number of Cross-Party groups.
From 2012 to 2015, Mick represented the Welsh
Government on the European Union Committee of the Regions.
From 1977 to 1979, Mick was President of the
National Union of Students (Wales) and shortly after, from 1981 to
1989, he was a member of South Glamorgan County Council.