I was born in 1963 into a strong and close working class Labour family, headed by my mother, Teresa Davies, and father, Gethin Davies. From a young age, I have always been politically active, so it comes as no surprise that some of my earliest (and fondest) memories are of campaigning in General Elections for my uncle, Ifor Davies, who was a highly-respected MP for Gower and deputy to Cledwyn Hughes at the Welsh Office in Harold Wilson’s Government.
Joanna, my wife, and I met in a sports centre. I was working there, and she was doing aerobics. Joanna was born into the Irranca family, a family of Italian stock who came to Wales in the 1950s and worked hard to make a successful living in the valleys of South Wales. I started out as just a plain, old Davies, but when Joanna and I married, we merged our names together.
I thought I had left higher education when I began to work for local authorities in leisure management and, later, onto private sector management. But I couldn’t stay away from the classroom, and with time, I returned to education as a lecturer at Swansea Institute of Higher Education.
From 2002 to 2016 I was Member of Parliament for the proud constituency of Ogmore, and you can learn more about my time in the House of Commons on the ‘Huw’s Experience’ page. I resigned my seat in Parliament in March 2016 to stand to represent Ogmore in the Welsh Assembly, winning the seat in May 2016.
In the Assembly I served as Chair of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee until November 2017 when I was appointed to the Welsh Government as Minister for Children and Social Care, and later the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care. Following the inauguration of Mark Drakeford as First Minister in December 2018 I then moved from that position to take up the posts of Chairing the European Programme Monitoring Committee and also Chairing the new group to develop the future regional economic development in Wales. I also Chair the Cross-Party Group on Active Travel and the Senedd Wales Co-operative Group – the second largest party in the Senedd.