Main interests and
Elin lives in Aberystwyth and enjoys music, movies and
reading. She is a member of Côr ABC in Aberystwyth, and has also been a member
of the group Cwlwm. In 2009, Elin won the Farmers Weekly British Farming
Champion award in addition to the Assembly Member of the Year award.
Elin was born in 1966 and grew up on a farm in Llanwnnen,
near Lampeter. She attended Llanwnnen
Primary School and Lampeter Secondary School. After receiving a BSc in
Economics from the University of Cardiff, she was awarded an MSc in Rural
Economics from the University of Aberystwyth.
Elin has worked as Economic Development Officer for the
Rural Wales Development Board. She has also been a director with Radio
Ceredigion and the television production company Wes Glei Ltd.
Elin was a member of Aberystwyth Town Council from 1992
until 1999 and she was the youngest Mayor of Aberystwyth during the 1997-98
term. Elin was National Chair of Plaid Cymru between 2000 and 2002.
Elin is the Llywydd
of the National Assembly for Wales.
She was elected to the Assembly in May 1999 and, in the
first term of the Assembly, was Shadow Minister for Economic Development. Following the Assembly election in 2003, she
managed retained this portfolio until 2006, when she became Shadow Minister for
the Environment, Planning and Countryside.
On 9 July 2007, the One Wales Government was formed and Elin was
appointed Minister for Rural Affairs.