People of the Senedd

Rhys ab Owen MS

Rhys ab Owen MS

Senedd Regional Member

Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru Group

South Wales Central

My Senedd Activities

Will the Minister provide information on the delays to chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment at Velindre?

Tabled on 17/08/2022

What discussions has the Minister had regarding delays for treatment at Velindre, is the phone number still available for concerned patients to ring, and why was this important news item...

Tabled on 17/08/2022

What discussions has the Welsh Government had regarding the impact of the use of the Brofiscin quarry, Groesfaen, for industrial waste by the Monsanto company?

Tabled on 17/08/2022

What discussions has the Welsh Government had with Cardiff Council and other partners about bringing the Eurovision song contest to Cardiff?

Tabled on 03/08/2022

When will leaseholders be able to stop paying for fire safety remediation work in flats, and will there be compensation for them for work already completed?

Tabled on 27/07/2022

What is the criteria for people to access the leaseholder support scheme?

Tabled on 27/07/2022

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Key interests and achievements

Rhys's main interests are constitutional affairs, taking action on the climate emergency, eradicating child poverty and ensuring a better life for families and those affected by dementia. He also takes a keen interest in the local history of Cardiff, the Welsh language along with legal and justice matters.

Personal history

Rhys was born and raised in Cardiff where he attended Ysgol Glantaf. He studied law at Oxford University and completed his Bar course at Cardiff University. He was awarded the Pantyfedwen Scholarship.

Rhys lives in Cardiff with his wife and their daughter.

Professional background

Prior to his election,  Rhys worked as a barrister for Iscoed Chambers, Swansea. He has practiced as a barrister since 2010.

He was appointed a First Tier Tribunal Judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber (2019 -2021)

He sat on the Advisory board of the Wales Governance Centre Justice and Jurisdiction project, was a Panel Member Welsh Government Public Law Scheme and a Law Lecturer at Swansea University from 2014-2019.

In 2018-19, Rhys undertook work with the Welsh Government as Head of Policy for the Commission on Justice in Wales chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Political history

In 2017, Rhys stood in the Cardiff Council election in the Canton ward, where he increased the Plaid Cymru vote from 910 to 2,105.

Since being elected, to the Senedd he has led and supported a number of prominent campaigns, such as calling for justice for those living in high rise flats in Cardiff Bay, a decent pension for 1950s born women and campaigned for a National Care System for Wales to complement the Welsh National Health Service.

Cross Party Membership

Rhys was elected chair of the cross party group on dementia on Wednesday 10 November 2021, with Jayne Bryant MS elected as deputy.

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Terms of office

  1. 08/05/2021 -

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