Janet Finch-Saunders


Janet Finch-Saunders (born 1958) is a Welsh Conservative Party politician. She is the Member of the Senedd for the Aberconwy constituency.[2]

Janet Finch-Saunders

Member of the Senedd
for Aberconwy
Assumed office
6 May 2011
Preceded byGareth Jones
Majority754 (3.4%)
Personal details
Born (1958-04-28) April 28, 1958 (age 62)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Gareth D T Saunders[1]
Alma materLlandrillo College
CommitteesChair of Petitions Committee; Member of Children, Young People and Education Committee; Member of Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister
PortfolioShadow Minister for Social Care, Children, Young People and Older People
Websitehttp://janetfinchsaunders.org.uk/

Political career


Janet previously represented the Craig-Y-Don ward on Llandudno Town Council, and Conwy County Borough Council.[3] Elected in 2004, she was appointed to the Cabinet with overall responsibility for Community Safety and Public Protection matters.[4] During her time as a Councillor, Janet was Chair of the Principal Scrutiny Committee and Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group.[5] In 2004, Janet was elected as the Mayor of Llandudno, following in the footsteps of her parents.[6]

In the 2003 Senedd election, Janet stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate for Wrexham and was third on the regional party list.[7]

In July 2010, following the first open primary selection to be held in the target seat of Aberconwy, Janet was selected as the Conservative Senedd candidate. In January 2011 she was appointed Policy Adviser by leader of the Welsh Conservatives. In this role she advised Nick Bourne AM on policy involving local government.[8] She was subsequently elected as the Assembly Member for Aberconwy in the 2011 National Assembly for Wales election.[9]

In the 2016 Senedd election, she retained her seat, becoming the first person to be re-elected consecutively since the constituency's inception.[10] Janet served as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Local Government from 2011 to 2018, before becoming the party's Shadow Minister for Social Care, Children, Young People, and Older People.[11] In 2019, Janet was elected Chair of the Petitions Committee.[12] [13]

An entrepreneur, Janet has founded a number of local businesses.[14] She initiated the Cross-Party Group on Small Shops during the Fourth Assembly.[15]

Personal life


A keen sailor, she is also passionate about animals and marine conservation.[16]

References


  1. McCarthy, James (28 February 2010). "The most networked place in Wales? It's Llandudno, of course!". walesonline.
  2. "Member Profile". Welsh Parliament. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  3. "Llandudno: List of councillors". Archived from the original on 11 March 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  4. "Conservative Party: Prospective Welsh Assembly Regional Candidate". Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  5. "Member Profile". Welsh Parliament. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  6. "About Janet Finch-Saunders MS". Janet Finch-Saunders. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  7. "BBC NEWS | VOTE 2003". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  8. "Conwy". www.dailypost.co.uk.
  9. Service, Research (2011). "2011 Assembly Election Results" (PDF). Senedd Cymru.
  10. Powell, David (6 May 2016). "Conservatives hold Aberconwy for Janet Finch-Saunders". northwales. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  11. "New appointments this week in UK politics, the civil service and public affairs". Politics Home. 25 February 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  12. "Aberconwy AM elected as new Chairperson of the National Assembly for Wales Petitions Committee". Janet Finch-Saunders. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  13. "Committee Profile". Welsh Parliament. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  14. "Janet Finch-Saunders MS". North West Wales. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  15. "Cross Party Group - Small Shops". business.senedd.wales. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  16. "Janet Finch-Saunders to stand for Parliament". North Wales Pioneer. Retrieved 14 December 2019.

Offices held


Senedd Cymru
Preceded by
Gareth Jones
Member of the Senedd for Aberconwy
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
TBC
Shadow Minister for Local Government
2011-2016
Succeeded by
Siân Gwenllian