Honorary Distinguished Professor Rhodri Morgan
Rhodri Morgan was the First Minister for Wales from 2000-2009. He has been the Assembly member for Cardiff West since 1999 and is the longest serving First Minister to date.
Educated at St John’s College Oxford and Harvard University. After working as an Industrial Development Office for South Glamorgan County Council from 1974 to 1980 he became Head of the European Community’s Office in Wales form 1980 to 1987. Elected Labour Member of Parliament for Cardiff West in 1987, he served as Shadow Environment Spokesman form 1988 to 1994, was the Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Energy from 1988-92 and Welsh Affairs from 1992-1997.
Rhodri Morgan announced his intention to stand down as Leader of the Labour Party in Wales on 1 October 2009, and stepped down as First Minister for Wales on 8 December 2009. He was elected as Chair of the European and External Affairs Committee on 26 January 2010, and is also a Member of the Assembly’s Constitutional Affairs Committee and Legislation Committee No.2.