Vaughan Gething AM

Working hard for Cardiff South and Penarth


Vaughan Gething is the Welsh Labour Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth.




I’m Vaughan Gething, the Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth. This page is here to let you know a little bit more about myself and what I do.

I was born in Zambia. My Dad was a Welsh vet who moved to Zambia and met my Mum.


I started getting involved in politics at the age of 17 – I wanted to campaign in the 1992 General Election. I then went to study Law at Aberystwyth University. I became the President of the Guild of Students at Aberystwyth and from there became the first black President of the National Union of Students Wales.


After my time at Aberystwyth, I studied at Cardiff University to qualify as a solicitor. I went to work for Thompsons Solicitors, becoming a partner in 2007. I have been active in the trade union movement including time as a workplace shop steward. Eventually I became the youngest President of the Wales Trade Union Congress in 2008.


I continued to get more involved in politics after chairing Right to Vote, a cross-party project that encouraged greater participation from black minority ethnic communities in Welsh public life. During that time I was particularly encouraged by a number of people in different communities to stand for office myself. I eventually did stand and represented Butetown on Cardiff Council from 2004-2008.


I was elected as the Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth in 2011. Initially I was a member of the Health and Social Care committee and the Environment & Sustainability committee. I remain interested in rail services and was the founding chair of the cross party group for Railways. I was also the chair of the cross party co-operatives and mutual group.  I was appointed as the Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty in 2013 – the first black minister in any of the devolved administrations in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland. In September 2014, I was appointed Deputy Minister for Health and was appointment Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport after my re-election in May 2016.


When I’m not in the Assembly, I enjoy watching rugby and football, being a big fan of both. Cricket is my main sporting passion but I am now a (mostly!) retired cricketer. However most of my time outside the Assembly is spent with my wife and young son.

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