Rebecca Evans AM was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011 to represent the Mid and West Wales region. In 2016 she became Assembly Member for Gower, and following this was appointed Minister for Housing and Regeneration in November 2017. One year on, we will have the pleasure of her company when she joins us to speak at our Annual Conference.
For over 10 years Trevor Williams was Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. In November he will be joining us at our Annual Conference to give his take on Brexit.
Whilst the AMs and MPs are on recess, forgive me for briefly straying from politics and housing to talk about something that has been in the news, chatted about and all over social media over these last two weeks – exam results. I know it isn’t directly related to the work we do in the housing sector, but something that undoubtedly interests a great number of people, be they students, parents or just curious citizens. Pretty much everyone has done exams of some sort at some stage in their life and many will remember their August spent waiting on results for GCSEs or A-Levels (or O-Levels, or Highers, or Standard Grades or anything else!). It is a funny month; schools and universities are on holiday, offices are half empty, flights and hotels are twice the price and politicians pose for holiday photos to try to demonstrate that they have hobbies and interests outside of politics. Then, as the middle weeks of August arrive, so does the onslaught of photographs of smiling teenagers jumping in the air clutching pieces of paper.
As both the Assembly and Westminster term have now drawn to a close for the summer recess, we can (perhaps) breathe a sigh of relief that we don’t need to be paying constant attention to the news for the next few weeks in case something, anything, is decided about our future relationship with the European Union. As we wave goodbye to the eventful (to say the least) events of the past few months, now seems like a good time to reflect on where we are currently so we can at least go into the next term with some sort of understanding. I am not expecting the next term will be any less eventful, but perhaps there will at least be a few solutions on the table.