About Simon Baynes

I was honoured to be the Welsh Conservative Assembly Candidate for Clwyd South last year and since then I have not only followed up on casework for people in the constituency but I am also helping to campaign in this year’s Council elections in Clwyd South. 

Recently I became a Trustee of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and I run the charity Concertina - Music for the Elderly which I founded 18 years ago. I am also Chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust  which has a thriving branch in Clwyd and nine others across Wales. In these activities and my political work I have found my previous experience working in finance and running my own business selling books has proved very useful.    

I grew up in the hotel business as my father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and this has given me a lifelong interest in tourism and the hospitality industry which are vital to Clwyd South. I was very pleased last year when the Welsh Conservatives held their annual conference in Llangollen and I made sure that this website carried as much information as possible about all the places that delegates could stay and enjoy food and drink in our area.

I am a keen musician, playing the organ for church services locally, and I am a trustee of Mid Wales Opera. The nationwide charity Concertina which I founded makes grants to charities to provide music and other entertainment for the elderly in care homes and day centres, particularly in Wales.