Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly
Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire
Paul was born in 1969 and grew up in Pontsian just outside Llandysul in the County of Ceredigion. He attended Tregroes Primary School and Llandysul Grammar School and after obtaining A Levels at Newcastle Emlyn Comprehensive School, he joined Lloyds Bank in 1987.
Before his election to the National Assembly for Wales, Paul worked as a Business Manager for Lloyds bank, based in Haverfordwest, where he helped to develop small businesses.
In February 2000, Paul fought the Ceredigion Parliamentary by-election and improved the Conservative Party's position from fifth place in the previous Assembly election to third place and pushed Labour into fourth place.
He also fought the 2001 general election as the Parliamentary candidate for Ceredigion. In 2003, he fought Preseli Pembrokeshire in the Welsh Assembly election where he increased the share of the vote from 23% to 30%. He improved the Conservative Party's position from third to second place and only 1,326 votes behind Labour.
Paul has also held senior positions within the Conservative Party in Mid and West Wales such as chairman of Ceredigion Conservative Association and deputy chairman of Mid and West Wales Conservatives.
Paul was elected as the Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire in May 2007, with 38.6% of the vote and a majority of 3,205. He was subsequently re-elected in 2011 and 2016.
Paul has previously held a number of briefs including Education and the Welsh Language, Finance and Rural Affairs. He also served as the Assembly group’s Business Manager and Chief Whip before being elected as Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly group in September 2018.
Paul lives with his wife Julie in Blaenffos, North Pembrokeshire and they were married in September 2006. Paul has previously been a member of Boncath Community Council and was a school Governor for many years. His main interests outside politics are rugby, reading and visiting historical attractions.
For more information about Paul, please visit his website.