for Climate Change
Key interests and
Waters is the Welsh Labour and Co-operative Member of the National Assembly for
Wales for the Llanelli constituency.
being elected in May 2016, Lee was Director of Wales's leading independent
think-tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs. He previously ran the sustainable
transport charity Sustrans in Wales where he led the campaign for the Active
Travel Act. He is a former Chief Political Correspondent of ITV Wales.
policy interests are wide-ranging, including the economy, the constitution,
climate change, the media and provision for looked after children.
Waters was born and raised in the Amman Valley in Carmarthenshire. He was
educated in Brynamman and Ammanford, where he attended the town’s comprehensive
school. The first member of his family to go to university, he graduated from
the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with a First Class Degree in Politics.
is married with two children. He speaks Welsh as a second language.
being elected in 2016, Lee was Director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
During his three years leading the independent policy institute he refreshed
the charity, stabilising its finances, overhauling its systems and setting a
new strategy. He edited the magazine, the Welsh Agenda, and contributed to the
pioneering of crowdsourcing in policy development with three innovative
2007 and 2013 Lee was Director of Sustrans Cymru, the sustainable transport
charity, where he oversaw a range of practical projects to encourage behaviour
change and influence policy. He led a team of 32 to deliver a diverse portfolio
of complex programmes, worth in excess of £24 Million.
working in the third sector Lee was a political journalist. As the Chief
Political Correspondent for ITV Wales News, he presented the weekly politics
programme, Waterfront, and reported on the National Assembly and House of
Commons as a Lobby Correspondent. Lee’s grounding in journalism began at the
BBC where he spent two years as a Producer of the flagship news programme, Good
joined the Labour Party as an 18 year-old student in Aberystwyth University.
After an internship in the US House of Representatives as an ESU Capitol Hill
Scholar, he took a year out from his studies to work for his local MP during
the 1997 General Election and devolution referendum.
graduating he was appointed Political Secretary to the Secretary of State for
Wales, Ron Davies. Following an eventful year, which included the first
Assembly election, Lee entered journalism. Despite working in a politically
restricted environment he became an active school Governor, which renewed his
appetite to want to change society.
2007 Lee joined the environmental charity Sustrans as Director for Wales where
he led a successful six year campaign to secure the world’s first Active Travel
Act to raise levels of walking and cycling.
was appointed by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, to be Welsh Labour’s
representative on the cross-party ‘Yes for Wales’ campaign ahead of the 2011
devolution referendum. As Vice-Chair he led on communications and messaging and
formed part of the small group than ran the successful campaign.
the retirement of the Labour Assembly Member for Llanelli in the summer of
2015, Lee was selected as the party’s candidate in his home constituency and
held the seat – the first time any party had successfully defended the
constituency at an Assembly election.
of Interests – Fifth Senedd (PDF, 3.25MB)