William Powell was a Member of the National Assembly for
Wales between May 2011 and April 2016. This was his biography at the time he
William Powell attended Talgarth
School and Gwernyfed High School, gaining a scholarship to read Modern Languages
(French and German) at Pembroke College, Oxford. He graduated in 1986 and now
lives with his family on their organic farm in the Black Mountains near
A qualified teacher, he has taught
French and German at a number of schools in Wales and the Marches. He was
latterly Head of German at Hereford Sixth Form College, where he was also the
William has served as County
Councillor for Talgarth since 2004.
He has been active in rural
regeneration projects, including the restoration of Talgarth Mill, one of six
projects across the UK to win financial support from the BIG Lottery in
association with the BBC’s Village SOS programme.
William is a former member and
Audit Scrutiny Chair of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Whilst on
that body he was active in the campaign for direct elections to the National
Park Authorities in Wales.
William was also a founding board
member of Wales in Europe and currently serves as Chair of the Wales Council
European Movement. In addition, William is a Council Member of the European
Liberal Democrats (ELDR) and works closely with Liberal sister-parties across
He is a member of the FUW and was
until recently Vice Chair of Tourism Partnership Mid Wales, which is based in
Machynlleth. He is a Governor of Talgarth CP School and Gwernyfed High School.
William is a member of the Lloyd George Society, where he also serves on the