Assembly Member, South Wales Central
David Melding gives politicians a good name. One of the National Assembly’s most able members, he combines an impressive grasp of the political process and constitutional affairs with eloquence and good humour – a fact that has won him plaudits among colleagues and the media alike.
Born in Neath in 1962, David was educated at Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, Neath, the University of Wales, Cardiff, and the College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA. Before his election to the National Assembly he was manager of the Carers National Association in Wales and a former Deputy Director of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.
David has previously been the Welsh Conservatives' director of policy. He has also chaired the Assembly's Health and Social Services, and Standards of Conduct committees and before the 2007 elections was spokesman on local government and public services.
David also boasts more than a decade’s campaigning for the Conservative Party across Wales. As the party's Policy Director, David wrote the Welsh Conservative manifestos for the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Assembly elections.
David was elected Deputy Presiding Officer in a ballot of all Assembly Members in May 2011.
His political interests include community care, health and constitutional affairs. Outside the political arena, David enjoys reading, golf and swimming.