Nick Ainger - Chair
Before his election as Labour MP for Pembroke in 1992, Nick worked in Pembrokeshire's energy industry from 1973, initially as deputy operations manager of an offshore oil exploration base in Pembroke Dock, then later as a contractor on the Milford Haven oil terminals, berthing and connecting ships. A branch secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, he was elected to Dyfed County Council in 1981 and served until 1993. After Labour's victory in 1997, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to three Welsh Secretaries until 2001 when he was appointed a Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury and government whip at the Wales Office and DEFRA, where he was responsible for the Commons stages of the Hunting with Dogs Act. After the 2005 election, he served as Minister at the Wales Office and piloted the Government of Wales Act through the Commons. In 1996 he won the BBC Environment Campaign of the Year Award for his fight to get an independent inquiry into the Sea Empress disaster. He left government in 2007 and served on the Treasury Select Committee until 2010, taking part in the major inquiries into the banking crisis. He now volunteers with the South and West Wales Wildlife Trust.