The Commissioners, their role and meetings

Published 01/11/2020   |   Last Updated 14/05/2024   |   Reading Time minutes

The Senedd is required by law to appoint Commissioners who are responsible for providing the Senedd with the staff and resources they need to carry out their roles effectively for the people of Wales.

The Commission is chaired by the Llywydd, and is made up of four Members who have been elected by the Senedd.

The Commissioners have collective responsibility for decisions and have equal status in discussions, and each Commission member will be involved in the full range of decision making.



Elin Jones MSCommittee Chair: Elin Jones MS


Plaid Cymru Party | Plaid Cymru Group

Portfolio: Communications

Janet Finch-Saunders MSJanet Finch-Saunders MS

Welsh Conservative Party | Welsh Conservative Group

Portfolio: Sustainable development

Joyce Watson MSJoyce Watson MS

Welsh Labour Party | Welsh Labour Group

Portfolio: Equalities

Rhun ap Iorwerth MSRhun ap Iorwerth MS

Plaid Cymru | Plaid Cymru Group

Portfolio: Official languages

Hefin David MS

Welsh Labour Party | Welsh Labour Group

Portfolio: Budget and governance (including Audit and Risk Assurance Committee membership)



The Commission is responsible for the long-term success of the Senedd, to help make it a strong, accessible and forward looking democratic institution and legislature that serves effectively the people of Wales. 

The Commissioners are charged with the governance of the organisation and are accountable to the Senedd.  The responsibilities of the Commissioners as the “governing board” include setting the organisation’s strategic aims, providing the leadership to put them into effect, overseeing the delivery of those strategic aims and reporting and being accountable to the Senedd on their stewardship.

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