About Simon Baynes

I am honoured to have been selected as the Welsh Conservative Assembly Candidate for Clwyd South. I am a Town Councillor for Llanfyllin and I was the County Councillor (2008–2012) for Llangynog, Penybontfawr and Llanwddyn where I grew up at Lake Vyrnwy. I am a writer and run the charity Concertina - Music for the Elderly which I founded 17 years ago. 

Before becoming a County Councillor, I worked for 24 years for the leading UK investment bank JP Morgan Cazenove which I left at my own choice at the end of 2006. I was a Partner/Managing Director for half of my career and mainly worked with small and medium sized companies, many of them abroad.

I have been active in Conservative politics for over 30 years since my University days when I was Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association and also President of the Union Society. I stood as the Welsh Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Montgomeryshire in 2005 and for Dwyfor Meirionnydd in 2010. I also stood for the Welsh Assembly in Dwyfor Meirionnydd in 2011.

I am a former Trustee and continuing supporter of the Llanfyllin Workhouse in Powys (featured on BBC TV's Restoration programme) where I helped set up a Gallery for local artists in 2008 through The Bodfach Trust which I established in 2007.

I am a keen musician, playing the organ for church services in Llanfyllin and Llanwddyn, and I am a trustee of Mid Wales Opera. For seven years up to 2012 I was Chairman of the North Powys Youth Music Trust which ran the County Youth Orchestra and Band involving almost 150 young musicians. 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.