Gwenllian Lansdown

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Gwenllian Lansdown-Davies
Personal details
Born 1979
St Asaph, Wales
Political party Plaid Cymru

Gwenllian Lansdown-Davies (born 1979) is a Welsh Plaid Cymru politician, a former County Councillor for Riverside, and Chief Executive of Plaid Cymru between 2007 and 2011.[1][2][3]


Lansdown-Davies was born in St Asaph and educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford (where she was an exhibitioner, between 1997 and 2001; there she obtained a BA Hons in Modern Languages). She later studied at Cardiff University (MSc Econ and PhD in Political Theory). She worked as a tutor in Politics during research for her PhD.[4]

Political career[edit]

Vice-President of Union whilst at College and Chair of Plaid Cymru Student Federation in 2003, Lansdown's political interests include community development, international relations and the environment.

Lansdown was a County Borough Councillor, serving the Riverside Electoral Division on Cardiff County Council and was elected on 10 June 2004. The Riverside electoral division has an electorate of 9,513 (1 December 2005) and has 3 seats. She stood as number 3 on the Plaid Cymru regional list for South Wales Central at the National Assembly for Wales election, 2007.[2]

Lansdown was Chief Executive of Plaid Cymru between September 2007, replacing Dr Dafydd Trystan, and June 2011, when Rhuanedd Richards was appointed to the role.[1][3]

She resigned as Chief Executive of Plaid Cymru and as County Councillor for Riverside in order to move to Montgomeryshire with her new husband. She has since taken up the position of Assistant Editor for the Welsh-language academic journal, Gwerddon.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Plaid Appoint New Chief Executive:Plaid Cymru - the Party of Wales". Plaid Cymru website. Plaid Cymru. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Cardiff - Home, Councillor Gwenllian Landsdowne Riverside". Cardiff Council website. Cardiff Council. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Williamson, David (23 June 2011). "Plaid Cymru's new chief executive reveals her vision for the party". Western Mail. Cardiff: Media Wales Ltd. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kolkhorst Exhibitions". Oxford University Gazette. University of Oxford. 17 December 1998. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Dixon
Chair of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Ellen ap Gwynn
Preceded by
Dafydd Trystan
Chief Executive of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Rhuanedd Richards