William Powell was a Member of the National
Assembly for Wales between May 2011 and April 2016. This was his
biography at the time he left.
attended Talgarth School and Gwernyfed High School, gaining a
scholarship to read Modern Languages (French and German) at
Pembroke College, Oxford. He graduated in 1986 and now lives with
his family on their organic farm in the Black Mountains near
A qualified teacher,
he has taught French and German at a number of schools in Wales and
the Marches. He was latterly Head of German at Hereford Sixth Form
College, where he was also the European Officer.
William has served
as County Councillor for Talgarth since 2004.
He has been active
in rural regeneration projects, including the restoration of
Talgarth Mill, one of six projects across the UK to win financial
support from the BIG Lottery in association with the BBC’s
Village SOS programme.
William is a former
member and Audit Scrutiny Chair of the Brecon Beacons National Park
Authority. Whilst on that body he was active in the campaign for
direct elections to the National Park Authorities in Wales.
William was also a
founding board member of Wales in Europe and currently serves as
Chair of the Wales Council European Movement. In addition, William
is a Council Member of the European Liberal Democrats (ELDR) and
works closely with Liberal sister-parties across the continent.
He is a member of
the FUW and was until recently Vice Chair of Tourism Partnership
Mid Wales, which is based in Machynlleth. He is a Governor of
Talgarth CP School and Gwernyfed High School. William is a member
of the Lloyd George Society, where he also serves on the