David Melding has been a member of the National Assembly for Wales since its creation in 1999. Before entering politics David worked in the voluntary (not for profit) sector and was the Welsh director of a major UK campaigning charity.
He served as Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly between 2011 and 2016.
He is the author of ‘Will Britain Survive Beyond 2020?’ and ‘The Reformed Union: The UK as a Federation’. He is an acknowledged authority on constitutional reform and regularly takes part in TV and radio discussions on the UK’s changing constitution.
David has chaired several committees in the National Assembly: Standards of Conduct (2000-2002), Health and Social Services (2003-2006) Legislation (2006-2007) and the Audit Committee (2007-2009). and the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee (2011-2016).
When Director of Policy, Welsh Conservative Group, David was responsible for producing the Assembly Manifestos in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
Some of David’s other policy interests, social enterprises and co-operatives, mental health, and the built environment.
He is the founder of the Welsh Think Tank, Gorwel, the Welsh Foundation for Innovation in Public Affairs.
David was educated at Cardiff University (BscEcon in politics) and the College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA (MA in government).