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The Deputy Presiding Officer

The role of the Deputy Presiding Officer is set out in the Senedd’s Standing Orders.


Ann Jones AM, Deputy Presiding Officer


Ann Jones MS is the Deputy Presiding Officer for the Senedd, as well as the Member of the Senedd for the Vale of Clwyd.  

Standing Order 6.18 states that, "in the absence or at the request of the Presiding Officer, the Deputy must exercise the functions of the Presiding Officer, so far as permitted by the Act"

The main function of the Deputy Presiding Officer (DPO) is to alternate with the Presiding Officer in chairing Senedd Plenary sessions.The DPO's role is similar to that of a Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons.

Under Standing Order 6.19, the Presiding Officer and Deputy must demonstrate impartiality at all times.

The Deputy also attends meetings and functions in their own right as well as on behalf of the Presiding Officer in order to raise the profile of the Senedd.


The latest from the Deputy Presiding Officer



64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) and 6th Triennial Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference

Kampala, Uganda

22 - 27 September 2019

The DPO participated in numerous sessions during the conference, including:

  • Empowering Women as Effective Legislators in the 21st  Century
  • Combatting Bullying and Harassment Within Parliaments
  • Promoting Women to Leadership Positions and Senior Portfolios
  • The Importance of Mentoring for New Parliamentarians  

After the official opening of the CPC there were several workshops. The DPO was pleased to Chair the session on 'The Role of Parliaments in Facilitating Persons with Disabilities as Electors, Candidates and Legislators'. This was an opportunity to learn more of the challenges which many parliamentarians with disabilities are facing and to showcase the Senedd as a truly accessible parliament, open to all.

Twitter Video

International Women’s Day

8 March 2019

The National Assembly for Wales delivers an event each year to mark International Women’s Day. The theme for 2019 is “#BalanceforBetter – Better the balance, better the world”. This year’s national celebrations were hosted in North Wales, in partnership with a number of women’s organisations. During the day’s events, the audience heard from our Key Note speaker, Steph Jeavons followed by a Panel Discussion to the theme of “Balance for better – better the balance, better the world”. Panellists included Cerys Furlong (Chwarae Teg), Poppy Johnson (Face by Poppy), Mair Stephens (WI). The North Wales Women’s Centre also informed the audience of their work followed by a fantastic performance by the Vale Singers Choir. Thanks to all that took part and contributed to the day’s events.




Annual Christmas Tree Decorating

12 December 2018
Every year we invite a different school to decorate Christmas trees at the Senedd. This year, we welcomed children from Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary School to create their own decorations during a craft session. The Llywydd and I were pleased to help them decorate the trees, bringing a festive feeling to the Senedd.

Y Dirprwy Lywydd Ann Jones - Nadolig 2018 2
Y Dirprwy Lywydd Ann Jones - Nadolig 2018

British Council Wales Report Launch

11 December 2018
Pleased to chair a panel discussion with great input from the audience to discuss the findings of the Women Power and Politics report. It explores the key developments which have been made in women’s role in politics in the UK and around the world – read it here

Lawnsio adroddiad y Cyngor Prydeinig

WEN Wales Final Mentoring Event

05 December 2018
In March 2018, WEN Wales launched their mentoring scheme to encourage more women into public and political life. 

Over the past nine months I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in the scheme as a mentor. Schemes like this are so important and there’s a clear and current need for them. They provide a support network for women which can make a real difference. They also provide an insight into public and political life, helping mentees to gain confidence and experience in the field. 
Congratulations to all that took part and good luck for the future.

DPO at WEN Launch Event

Read the Deputy Presiding Officer's blog marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2018

Click here to read the Deputy Presiding Officer's blog: Removing the barriers to encourage a diverse and representative audience into public life

Ann Jones AM with Kevin Murphy MLA, Speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly in Canada

The Deputy Presiding Officer attends Women of Wales event for Senedd Delyn

29 June 2018

The 'Women of Wales' event was held as part of National Assembly for Wales's Senedd Delyn programme. This was an opportunity to celebrate and discuss women's representation in Wales, as part of our efforts to mark the Centenary of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Ann Jones AM, the Deputy Presiding Officer, Hannah Blythyn AM and Cerys Furlong, Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg were questioned about their roles as prominent women in public life in Wales. Discussions were held about the barriers they've faced during their careers and how they overcame these to reach where they are today.  

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Deputy Presiding Officer attends Welsh Youth Parliament event in Delyn

28 June 2018

The Deputy Presiding Officer welcomed young people to Theatr Clwyd to hear more about the Welsh Youth Parliament; how they can register to vote and how they can stand as a candidate. There was an opportunity to consider the issues that they’d like the Welsh Youth Parliament to discuss and find out what it means to be a Member.

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Deputy Presiding Officer at International Women's Day Book LaunchDeputy Presiding Officer with Lady Rhondda Portrait

DPO At Lead Her Ship eventDeputy Presiding Officer - Millicent Faucett

Deputy Presiding Officer with menteeDeputy Presiding Officer - Youth ParliamentDeputy Presiding Officer - Voices of the Future Event



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