Candidate for the Vale of Clwyd
Born in Denbigh Infirmary and brought up at Y Wern, Ruthin.
Gwyn graduated from Reading University with an Honours degree in Horticultural Science and returned home to farm.
He was elected to Clwyd County Council as a Liberal Alliance candidate representing the Dyffryn Ial ward, and then to Denbighshire County Council as a Liberal Democrat.
Gwyn was the first of his family to go to University and he has always believed that education is essential for every individual to maximise his or her potential in life. He served as both a primary school and a secondary school governor, and as a governor of the University of Wales Bangor. As well as being a governor of the Welsh Agricultural College, Aberystwyth and vice-chairman of the governors of Llysfasi College, he was vice-chairman of Denbighshire’s Education Committee.
After his son was diagnosed with Autism he saw at first-hand the battle so many families have for a Statement of Special Education Needs just to secure the basic right to a decent education. He joined the National Autistic Society and attends the Welsh Assembly’s Cross Party Autism Group.
He served on the Social Services Committee and represented the County on Clwyd Health Authority which oversaw the running of Glan Clwyd Hospital, Wrexham Maelor and all the community hospitals. Both his children were born at Glan Clwyd and he is appalled at the bizarre decision of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to downgrade the maternity unit.
Gwyn has served as a Director of Cadwyn Clwyd and is disappointed that, despite substantial European funding, this has not generated an economic revival in Denbighshire. He has chaired the Welsh Liberal Democrats and represented Wales on the Party’s Policy Committee.
He feels that the Vale of Clwyd needs a strong voice in the Assembly, which is independent of powerful trades unions and big business.