Key interests and achievements
Janet’s key focuses are ensuring more investment in health and social services
– particularly for the elderly and those suffering with mental health
illnesses; reducing regulation and red tape for farmers; ensuring the full
rollout of superfast broadband to rural areas; supporting small and
medium-sized businesses, and reducing waste in Government at all levels to
ensure value for taxpayers’ money.
Outside of politics,
Janet is passionate about animals and marine conservation, and plays an active
role in the Llandudno community. She is a keen sailor, and enjoys spending time
with her family.
married to Gareth Saunders. They live in Llandudno and have two children
together – Adam and Hannah.
As a keen
business woman and entrepreneur, Janet has founded a number of successful local
businesses. She is supportive of new start-ups and established SMEs, and
initiated the Cross-Party Group on Small Shops during the Fourth Assembly.
served as the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for Aberconwy since 2011, and
made history in 2016 as the first incumbent to hold the seat in the Assembly.
Having previously held the portfolio for Social Services, Janet represented the
Group as Shadow Minister for Local Government from 2012 – 2016 during the
Fourth Assembly, sitting on the Communities, Equality and Local Government
Committee. Janet retains this portfolio as Shadow Spokesperson for Local
Government into the Fifth Assembly.
previously represented the Craig-Y-Don ward on Llandudno Town Council, and
Conwy County Borough Council. Within the Local Authority, she sat as the
Cabinet Member with overall responsibility for Community Safety, and held the
roles of Chair of the Principal Scrutiny Committee and Leader of the Welsh
Janet is proud
to be a former Mayor of Llandudno, a position held by both her parents before