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Councillor Huw Thomas

Councillor Huw Thomas


Cardiff Council

Councillor Huw Thomas is the Leader of Cardiff Council, a position he has held since May 2017.

As Leader of one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, Huw’s administration is committed to a ‘Stronger, Fairer, Greener’ Cardiff through promoting inclusive growth and delivering major projects that include a £300m school building programme, the construction of 4,000 new Council homes by 2030, significant transport infrastructure developments and a new 17,000-seater Indoor Arena in Cardiff Bay.

Huw has served as a Labour Councillor for the Splott ward in Cardiff since 2012 and held a number of Cabinet roles before becoming Leader of the Council. He chairs the Cardiff Public Services Board and is also a director of Millennium Stadium Plc.

He is a member of the South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee and is a Vice-Chair of the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) Regional Cabinet. In addition, he is one of the Welsh Local Government Association’s Economy Spokespersons and a member of the Core Cities Cabinet alongside representatives from other major cities in the UK.

Huw is a fluent Welsh speaker who graduated in Music from Oxford University before completing a Masters degree in International Relations at Aberystwyth University. He has worked previously in IT, transport and, most recently, international development, as the Head of Christian Aid Wales.

Away from politics, Huw is a supporter of sport, culture and the arts, as well as an outdoor enthusiast and keen cyclist. He has played previously with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and is a fan of Aberystwyth Town and Wales football teams.

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