Paul Davies was born in 1969 and grew up in Pontsian just outside Llandysul in the County of Ceredigion. He attended Tregroes Primary School, Llandysul Grammar School and after studying his A Levels at Newcastle Emlyn Comprehensive School, he joined Lloyds Bank in 1987.
Up until being elected, he continued to be employed by Lloyds Bank and his last role with the company was as a Business Manager based in Haverfordwest helping to support small businesses.
In February 2000, Paul fought the Ceredigion Parliamentary by-election and improved the Welsh Conservative Party's position from fifth place in the previous Assembly election to third place and pushed Labour into fourth place.
He also fought the 2001 general election as the Parliamentary candidate for Ceredigion. In 2003, he fought Preseli Pembrokeshire in the Welsh Assembly election where he increased the share of the vote from 23% to 30%. He improved the Welsh Conservative Party's position from third to second place and only 1,326 votes behind Labour.
Paul has also held senior positions within the Welsh Conservative Party in Mid and West Wales such as chairman of Ceredigion Conservative Association and deputy chairman of Mid and West Wales Conservatives.
Paul was elected as the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire in May 2007, with 38.6% of the vote and a majority of 3,205.
After his initial election in 2007, Paul held the position of Shadow Minister for Culture, the Welsh Language and Sport, before in March 2009 being appointed Shadow Minister for Education and the Welsh Language.
The National Assembly Elections held on 5th May 2011 saw Paul re-elected as the Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, increasing his share of the vote to 42.4%. Shortly after the election, Paul was appointed as Interim Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group, a position he held until the appointment of Andrew RT Davies AM on 14th July 2011. One of Andrew’s first decisions as Leader was to appoint Paul as Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group, and in addition to make him Shadow Minister for Finance.
Paul was re-elected as the Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire on 5th May 2016, increasing his majority to 3,930. Paul continued as Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group, Business Manager and Chief Whip. In addition, Paul was appointed as Welsh Conservative spokesperson on Rural Affairs.
In September 2018, Paul was elected by the membership of the Welsh Conservative Party as Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly. Shortly afterwards, he appointed his Shadow Cabinet.
Key interests and achievements
Paul is a prolific campaigner for the autism community in Wales and brought forward draft legislation on an Autism Act for Wales, which whilst wasn’t passed by the National Assembly, resulted in significant statutory changes to autism provision in Wales. Paul is also the leading figure of the campaign to better preserve and protect War Memorials in Wales and regularly raises this issue in the Assembly Chamber.
Paul lives with his wife Julie in Blaenffos, North Pembrokeshire and they were married in September 2006. Paul has previously been a member of Boncath Community Council and was a school Governor for many years. His main interests outside politics are rugby, reading, walking and visiting historical attractions.