Chris is a Rhondda Cynon Taff Labour Party Councillor for the Cymmer ward.
Chris has lived within the Cymmer ward for the whole of his lifetime, initially in Trehafod, then Lincoln Street and High Street, Cymmer, before returning to Trehafod and then moving to his current home in Glynfach. In fact, the Cymmer ward has been home to his family for generations, as far back as his great-grandparents who lived on both Trebanog Road and Argyle Street.
Chris attended Cymmer Infant, Junior and Comprehensive Schools, while his father, Charlie, ran a successful chip van throughout the area during the 1980s and 1990s. More recently, Chris has obtained degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice from our local University of Glamorgan, where he is currently studying towards a doctorate.
Chris spent many years working at the region’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau, initially as a full-time voluntary advisor and later as a Welfare Benefits Caseworker, showing years of active dedication to improving our community, rather than just talking about it. In fact, Chris was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Rhondda Cynon Taff Citizens Advice Bureau, a service which he provides on a voluntary basis. He also spent seven years working for two Labour Assembly Members for Pontypridd, including Jane Davidson, the former Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing and Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning at the National Assembly for Wales.
Chris is also a Governor of Cymmer Infant School and Hafod Primary School, where he is Vice-Chair.
As part of his council duties Chris is a member of the Authority’s Audit Committee, Finance and Performance Scrutiny Committee, and Vice Chair of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee.