Leanne Wood

Leader of Plaid Cymru and Assembly Member for the Rhondda

Biography

Leanne Wood was born in the Rhondda where she still lives today with her family.

She was educated at Penygraig Junior School, Tonypandy Comprehensive School and the University of Glamorgan, from where she graduated with a degree in Public Administration. Before becoming an Assembly Member for the South Wales Central region in 2003, she worked as a probation officer and a professional tutor at Cardiff University. She has also worked as an outreach worker for Cwm Cynon’s Women’s Aid.

In March 2012 Leanne became leader of Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales, the first woman to be elected to that role.

In May 2016, she overturned a Labour majority of 6,739 to become the first woman to represent the Rhondda at Assembly or Westminster level.

Away from politics, her interests include reading and gardening.

Related speakers

Dervilla Mitchell

Director, Arup

Lord (Terry) Burns

Chairman, Ofcom & Former Chairman of Channel 4 & Santander

Professor Noreena Hertz

Academic, Economist, Author, Sirius XM and Chief Europe Correspondent & Former Economics Editor, ITV News

Lord (Paul) Boateng

Peer & Former Cabinet Minister

Kirsty Williams

Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government

Professor Gina Rippon

Professor of Cognitive NeuroImaging, Aston University