About Eluned

Eluned was elected as Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales in May 2016.

Eluned Morgan is the Labour Shadow Minister in the Lords for Foreign Affairs and also Shadow Minister for Wales. She sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Morgan of Ely. She is a former Member of the European Parliament who represented Wales for the Labour Party from 1994-2009. Until July 2013 she worked as the Director of National Development in Wales for SSE (SWALEC),one of the UKs leading energy companies. She was Chair of the Cardiff Business Partnership,  is the Chair of Live Music Now in Wales and is Trustee of Live Music Now UK.

Her political career started at the age of 27 when she was elected as the youngest Member of the European Parliament in 1994.

She was only the fifth woman elected to a full time political position in the history of Wales. Initially she represented the constituency of Mid and West Wales, and was subsequently re-elected in 1999 and 2004 under the new proportional representation system representing the whole of Wales.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Wales in the Lords 2013/4-2016

As Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eluned Morgan led for the Labour Party in the Lords on the BREXIT Referendum Bill. She also navigated two Wales Bills through the Lords where she managed to gain major concessions from the UK Government.

Shadow Spokesperson (Wales) Oct 2016 – Jan 2017
Opposition Whip (Lords) Sep 2015 – May 2016
Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) Oct 2014 – Jun 2016
Shadow Spokesperson (Wales) Oct 2013 – May 2016

Background

Eluned was born in 1967 and brought up in Ely, – a working class housing estate on the outskirts of Cardiff, where her father, the late Rev Bob Morgan, served as a vicar in the Church of the Resurrection. The open house Vicarage was the centre of the community and both her parents served as Labour Councillors. Bob Morgan became Leader of South Glamorgan County Council and her mother Elaine was elected to serve as a Cardiff City Councillor.

Eluned was educated at Glantaf Welsh language comprehensive school, and at the age of sixteen she won a scholarship to the United World College of the Atlantic, part of the United World Colleges. She gained a degree in European Studies from the University of Hull.

Eluned worked as a stagiaire in the European Parliament serving the Socialist Group after graduation and then worked for S4C, she worked as a researcher for Heno for an Independent TV company, and later the BBC where she served as a researcher for factual programmes.

Eluned Morgan is a Fellow of Trinity College Carmarthen, and is an Honorary Distinguished Professor of Cardiff University. She served on the Board of the International Baccalaureate Organisation for three years. She is on the board of the Wales Governance Centre. Eluned Morgan gave the inaugural Patrick Hannan memorial lecture for BBC Radio Wales in 2011.

Morgan is married to Ely-based General Practitioner Rhys Jenkins, and the couple have two children, Arwel and Gwen.

Eluned speaks four languages English, Welsh, French and Spanish.

She was elected and served as President of the European Parliament Cross Party Committee on Regional and Minority Languages. She represented lesser used languages across Europe and secured the inclusion of minority languages in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Eluned worked as a stagiaire in the European Parliament serving the Socialist Group after graduation and then worked for S4C the Welsh Language TV station, she worked as a researcher on TV programme, Heno, for an Independent TV company, and later worked for the BBC where she served as a researcher for factual programmes.

Following 15 years at the European Parliament Eluned began work as the Director of Low Carbon Business Development for SSE in Wales (SWALEC). SSE is the second biggest energy company in the UK and is a FTSE top 40 listed company.

In her role at SSE, Eluned developed and established the SSE Smart Energy Centre in South Wales bringing five different businesses under one roof, establishing a Centre for Excellence for Green Skills and establishing an operational base for the roll out of Smart Meters and Contracting. She also served as a facilitator for energy generation development in Wales and was instrumental in establishing the industry / government onshore wind group. She ensured that SSE was recognised as an “Anchor Company” -a company recognised for its key strategic importance to the Welsh economy and was also included in the top 5 companies in terms of turnover in Wales. She helped to develop the profile of the company into one of Wales’ fastest growing businesses with the creation of over 1000 jobs in five years taking the total employed in Wales to over 2000.

Chairing the Cardiff Business Partnership involved quarterly meetings, bringing together Cardiff’s biggest employers with a view to making the city a better place to invest. Whilst in this role Eluned ensured the publication of two key reports on inward investment and skills in Cardiff.

Wales Governance Centre:

Eluned is a member of the Board of Governors of the Wales Governance Centre.

As chair of the Welsh branch Eluned Morgan was responsible for attending quarterly meetings of UK board, and for organising quarterly meetings of Welsh advisory group.

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Chair of the Advisory Board Live Music Now Wales 

Live Music Now was established over 35 years ago by Yehudi Menhuin and Ian Stoutzker. The charity has a two-fold aim:

  • To promote the enjoyment and experience of  live music amongst people who would not normally have access to it
  • To offer gifted young professional musicians invaluable performing opportunities from the outset of their careers

Wales Government:

In November 2017 Eluned was appointed Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning. On 13 December 2018 she was appointed Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language.

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