Mick Antoniw is the Welsh Labour & Cooperative Assembly Member for Pontypridd.
Mick has served the people of Pontypridd and Taff Ely as their Assembly Member since 2011, having been re-elected in 2016.
Mick was brought up in Reading and moved to Wales to study law at Cardiff University in 1973. Mick speaks Ukrainian and is learning Welsh.
From 1977 to 1979, he was President of the National Union of Students (Wales) and shortly after, from 1981 to 1989 was a member of South Glamorgan County Council. His other roles include being a founder member of the Bevan Foundation, a former trustee of the Welsh Refugee Council and a Trustee of Beddau-based youth counselling charity Eye-to-eye. He is also a member of Welsh Labour Grassroots, the Co-operative Party, GMB and the Musicians’ Union.
Before being elected as an AM in 2011 Mick was a partner at Trade Union solicitors Thompsons, specialising in spinal and head injuries and corporate manslaughter. Mick is a visiting fellow of the University of South Wales and has lectured widely across Wales, the UK and internationally in the field of health and safety, corporate accountability and law and constitutional reform.
During the fourth Assembly (2011 – 2016) Mick sat on the Assembly’s Health, Enterprise and Business and Environment and Sustainability Committees, and was Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee.
From 2012 – 2015 Mick represented Wales on the European Union Committee of the Regions where he was also appointed to its EU task force on Ukraine.
In June 2016 Mick was appointed Counsel General for Wales. As the Welsh Government’s Law Officer, he is the Welsh Government’s chief legal advisor and represents it in the courts.