Key interests and
David is a strong advocate for trade unions and the
important role they play in supporting working people. He is a member of Unite the Union and was
previously also a member of the Universities and Colleges Union during his
educational career. His academic interest in the application of computing led
him to become a member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered
His political interests include the future of manufacturing
in Wales, health, education, economic development & regeneration including
the opening up of more tourism opportunities within the South Wales valleys and
improving public services within local communities.
David Rees is a native of Aberavon and was educated in local
primary and comprehensive schools. Upon completing his A-levels he attended
University College Cardiff (now Cardiff University). He has always lived in
Port Talbot and now lives in Cwmafan, Port Talbot, with his wife. They have two
adult daughters, both of whom attended local Welsh medium schools, and four
David has an honours degree in Civil & Structural
Engineering from Cardiff University (formerly UCC), as well as a post-graduate
teaching qualification and a master’s degree in Computer Science.
David started his education career as a teacher of
mathematics in Cynffig Comprehensive School, Kenfig Hill, before becoming a
lecturer in computing at Afan College. He then moved into higher education as a
senior lecturer in Computing and prior to his election to the National Assembly
in 2011 was an Assistant Dean of Faculty at Swansea Metropolitan University
(now part of UWTSD). During his time at
Swansea Metropolitan University, David was chair of the Joint trade union
committee and a lay member of the Welsh regional committee of UCU (NATFHE)
representing members across the institution.
David has been a staff governor at Swansea Institute of HE
and Afan College and a parent governor at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera.
David was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales
as the Assembly Member for Aberavon in 2011, succeeding Dr Brian Gibbons.
During the fourth Assembly term David chaired the Health & Social Care
Committee and also sat on the Enterprise & Business Committee, the
Environment Committee and the Children, Young People & Education
Committee. He also chaired cross party
groups on Science & Technology, Mental Health and Industrial Communities.
Since joining the Labour party in 1982 he has held a number
of positions within the party in Wales, as well as in his trade unions. Prior
to his election in 2011 he was a member of Labour’s Welsh Executive Committee
and its Welsh Policy Forum, actively involved in the policy agenda ahead of
that election. He was also a member of
the regional committee of his trade union and a lay officer at his workplace.
Before being selected to represent his home constituency in
2011, David was the Labour Party’s candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire in the
2003 National Assembly election and a list candidate for South Wales West in
the 2007 election.