People of the Senedd

Cefin Campbell MS

Cefin Campbell MS

Senedd Regional Member

Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru Group

Mid and West Wales

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As I have outlined, social businesses and enterprises that are run by the community have been in the vanguard in terms of social, economic and environmental innovation in Wales. It is, th...

Plenary | 23/11/2022

The success of all these initiatives is owed to the knowledge and drive that exist within our communities. Support to incubate and nurture this needs to be long-term and structural. I wou...

Plenary | 23/11/2022

that it produces is sustainable and very delicious, and I speak from experience, having been there with Mabon over the summer. Ynni Sir Gâr is one of many community energy schemes that wo...

Plenary | 23/11/2022

The majority, if not all, of the community businesses, co-operative enterprises and social enterprises prioritise sustainability and protecting the environment as core elements of their b...

Plenary | 23/11/2022

Social enterprises and community-owned businesses thus come in all shapes and sizes, and they play a vital role in community development, in social regeneration and economic transformatio...

Plenary | 23/11/2022

to introduce this debate, and I'm very grateful to Carolyn Thomas, Luke Fletcher and Mabon ap Gwynfor for accepting an invitation to contribute to the debate. The pandemic made all of us...

Plenary | 23/11/2022

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Biography

Key interests and achievements

After leaving university, Cefin taught Welsh for Adults at Swansea University before being appointed as a lecturer in Welsh Language and Literature and Welsh History at Cardiff University. He established the first Menter Iaith in Wales – there are now 22 Mentrau Iaith across Wales. He was a member of the S4C Authority and the Board of Governors of Coleg Sir Gâr, as well as acting as a language advisor to Bòrd na Gàidhlig in Scotland. He was also a licensed inspector for Estyn and chair of a number of school governing boards. During his time as a member of Carmarthenshire County Council's Cabinet he chaired a cross-party group that developed a comprehensive strategy to promote the Welsh language within the Council, a strategy to regenerate rural Carmarthenshire, an innovative plan to tackle poverty, an action plan to ensure that Carmarthenshire reaching net-zero carbon by 2035 and produced a report to tackle racism and discrimination. In his spare time, he enjoys watching the Scarlets, supporting Swansea City, fishing and caravanning!

Personal history

He is married with three daughters. The eldest is a journalist, the second eldest is at university in Cardiff and a former member of the Welsh Youth Parliament, and the youngest studying is for her A-levels. He lives in Gelli Aur in the Tywi Valley but was born and bred in the Amman Valley. Many of his father's family were miners, including his grandfather but almost all of his mother's family were farmers. He feels honoured to have inherited the traditions of two of Wales' leading industries!

Professional background

After completing his MA, Cefin Campbell was appointed lecturer in Welsh for Adults at Swansea University and later lectured in Welsh Language and Literature and Welsh History at the Department of Adult Continuing Education, Cardiff University. He left the higher education sector in 1991 to establish the first Menter Iaith in Wales, namely Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, before moving on to establish Mentrau Iaith across Wales. In 2008, he set up a consultancy business called Sbectrwm, specialising in research, strategic planning, project management and training, working for some of Wales' leading organisations. He was Managing Director of the company until his election to the Sixth Senedd in May 2021.

Political history

Cefin was a County Councilor on Carmarthenshire County Council from 2012 to 2022 and a member of the Carmarthenshire County Council Cabinet with responsibility for Rural Affairs and Communities from 2017 to 2021. He was elected to the Senedd in 2021 as a regional member for Mid and West Wales.

Other

Cefin was previously the Plaid Cymru group spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Agriculture. In January 2022 he was appointed as a Designated Member in the Co-Operation Agreement between Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Government. He also has an interest in supporting legislation to tackle the second homes crisis, tackling poverty and creating one million Welsh speakers.

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  1. 08/05/2021 -

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