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The role of Llywydd (Presiding Officer) is the single most important office in the Senedd.
The role of the Llywydd of the Senedd mirrors the roles of Speakers and Presiding Officers in parliaments across the world. Though the exact responsibilities of the job may vary from country to country, and they may have different titles, the roles are similar.
The Llywydd chairs Plenary meetings, remaining politically impartial at all times. The Llywydd also plays an active role in representing the Senedd and Wales’s interests on a national, UK and international stage and chairs the Senedd Commission.
Each Llywydd brings their own unique personality and focus to the role. The current Llywydd of the Senedd is the Plaid Cymru Member, Elin Jones, and her three priority areas are:
- Making the Welsh Government more accountable to the Senedd and the people of Wales.
- Making the work of the Senedd more relevant and topical by transforming the way in which we share information.
- Maximising capacity and strengthening the Senedd by putting the people of Wales at the heart of its decision making.