Kirsty was born in 1971 and grew up in Carmarthenshire. She attended St Michaels School in Llanelli before going on to studying American Studies at Manchester University and the University of Missouri. She married her husband Richard in 2000 and they live with their three daughters on the family farm just outside Brecon.
First elected as the youngest member of the National Assembly in 1999, Kirsty has spent over two decades standing up for Brecon & Radnorshire’s diverse communities in Cardiff Bay. During this time, championing social justice, tackling poverty, and improving opportunities for our children have been key priorities for her. It was this drive that led her to introduce the ‘More Nurses’ campaign, to guarantee safe nurse staffing levels in law, and oversee it's enactment.
As Education Minister she has overhauled Welsh Education, including; expanding the Pupil Premium, launching the largest investment in school buildings for decades, creating a fairer student finance system, increasing the number of medical and nursing students, introducing a ‘presumption against closure’ for rural schools, and delivering Wales’ new curriculum - which will see Wales become a world leader in LGBT-inclusive Relationships and Sexuality Education.
During her time in the Senedd, Kirsty has supported thousands of local events, causes, businesses and charities – all while helping tens-of-thousands of constituents with local casework. The Covid-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for Mid-Wales, but Kirsty’s passion for where she lives and her commitment to seeing everyone have the services and opportunities to help them thrive remains undimmed.
Although she is stepping down from the Senedd this May, Kirsty will continue to be a champion for Brecon & Radnorshire and campaign to build a better, fairer Wales as part of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.