Brendan D'Cruz: Blaenau Gwent
Dr. Brendan D'Cruz started out as a University Lecturer for Business and IT courses, and worked his way up through academic management positions at a number of universities before becoming Head of Department: Business and Computing at Newport's University. He is now an independent Project Management Consultant helping professional bodies and educational institutions to develop their standards, qualifications and initiatives. Brendan was the ‘stay at home’ parent for a few years and has a strong interest in childcare and family development. He also works with a local social enterprise, developing their community activities and directions.
Brendan was attracted to the Liberal Democrats by the party’s emphasis on liberal values, social mobility, sustainable development and the environment. He believes that politicians should have real knowledge and experience to bring to politics, acting on their knowledge and experience instead of just saying things to get them elected. For too long our beautiful South Wales Valleys have been held back by words without actions.
Brendan is Chair of the South Wales East Valleys local party and is currently the elected Diversity Officer for the Welsh Liberal Democrats. He tries to represent a broad range of cultural perspectives and community interests, and believes that greater diversity and accountability in policy-making can lead to better outcomes. This means walking the talk, delivering results, and really listening to what people are concerned about.
Brendan contributed to the Lib Dem policy on ‘Making Migration Work for Britain’. He agrees that we need better border controls and effective regulation to tackle abuses of the system, but we should not turn away law-abiding visitors, genuine refugees, students and skilled people who can ultimately benefit our society and economy.