People of the Senedd

Rhys ab Owen MS

Rhys ab Owen MS

Senedd Regional Member

Independent Plaid Cymru Member

Not affiliated to a Political Group

South Wales Central

My Senedd Activities

But, looking to the future, there is a lot to be optimistic about. The research shows that, despite the setbacks I've detailed, awareness of Welsh culture and the work that we do in the S...

Plenary | 17/07/2024

Another example of this disregard and lack of information when it comes to Welsh voices in Westminster is the Media Act recently passed. Ofcom's statutory function to regulate the charact...

Plenary | 17/07/2024

However, I don't see much enthusiasm from the new Starmer ministry to restore that funding. This is despite a recent report by Wavehill that showed that every £1 spent on S4C that they ge...

Plenary | 17/07/2024

This is bound to have a particular impact on Welsh speakers. The clear message for me from the report is how Wales once again is missing out because of decisions made at Westminster. This...

Plenary | 17/07/2024

A constituent of mine who works as a freelancer within television brought to my attention the scale of the issue through the Left in the Dark campaign. Despite making up the bulk of the U...

Plenary | 17/07/2024

Thank you to the committee for this very important report—evidence again that shows to what extent Wales is being left behind when it comes to broadcasting. Of course, we have to recognis...

Plenary | 17/07/2024

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Key interests and achievements

Rhys's main interests are constitutional affairs, taking action on the climate emergency, eradicating child poverty and ensuring a better life for families and those affected by dementia. He also takes a keen interest in the local history of Cardiff, the Welsh language along with legal and justice matters.

Personal history

Rhys was born and raised in Cardiff where he attended Ysgol Glantaf. He studied law at Oxford University and completed his Bar course at Cardiff University. He was awarded the Pantyfedwen Scholarship.

Rhys lives in Cardiff with his wife and their daughter.

Professional background

Prior to his election,  Rhys worked as a barrister for Iscoed Chambers, Swansea. He has practiced as a barrister since 2010.

He was appointed a First Tier Tribunal Judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber (2019 -2021)

He sat on the Advisory board of the Wales Governance Centre Justice and Jurisdiction project, was a Panel Member Welsh Government Public Law Scheme and a Law Lecturer at Swansea University from 2014-2019.

In 2018-19, Rhys undertook work with the Welsh Government as Head of Policy for the Commission on Justice in Wales chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Political history

In 2017, Rhys stood in the Cardiff Council election in the Canton ward, where he increased the Plaid Cymru vote from 910 to 2,105.

Since being elected, to the Senedd he has led and supported a number of prominent campaigns, such as calling for justice for those living in high rise flats in Cardiff Bay, a decent pension for 1950s born women and campaigned for a National Care System for Wales to complement the Welsh National Health Service.

Cross Party Membership

Rhys was elected chair of the cross party group on dementia on Wednesday 10 November 2021, with Jayne Bryant MS elected as deputy.


Terms of office

  1. 08/05/2021 -

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