Candidate for Carmerthen East & Dinefwr
William Powell is the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales. He is also his party's Shadow Minister for the Environment, Sustainability, Agriculture and Rural Affairs. His current policy focuses include:
Promoting a community energy agenda which can develop alongside a biodiverse Wales, thus minimising impact on the Welsh landscape, whilst safeguarding energy security.Supporting the agricultural sector, articularly in relation to implementation of the new CAP regime, promoting succession planning and thus ensuring the survival of the family farm.Fostering a positive and business friendly climate for the wider rural economy, with particular emphasis on access to finance, high quality broadband access for businesses of all sizes together with a responsive and consistent planning service
William attended Talgarth Community Primary School and Gwernyfed High School, gaining a scholarship to read Modern Languages (French and German) at Pembroke College, Oxford. He now lives with his family on their farm in the Black Mountains near Talgarth, Powys.
He is a qualified teacher and has taught French and German at a number of schools in Wales and the Marches. Latterly, William was Head of German at Hereford Sixth Form College, where he was also the European Officer.
William has served as County Councillor for Talgarth since 2004 and has been active in rural regeneration projects, including the restoration of Talgarth Mill, of which he is a founder Director. He is also a Member of the FUW, a Governor of Talgarth CP School and also Gwernyfed High School as well as being a Member of the Lloyd George Society, where he serves on the Committee.
He was a founding Board Member of Wales in Europe and is an active Member of Wales Council European Movement, which he chaired for over a decade. In addition, he is a Council Member of the European Liberal Democrats (ALDE) which includes Liberal sister-parties from across Europe.