Rhondda Cynon Taf Council this week welcomes two newly-elected members following by-elections which took place in Penrhiwceiber and Llantwit Fardre on Thursday, May 6.

Both work within the aviation industry in Rhondda Cynon Taf and are looking forward to representing the people of their respective communities.

Ross Williams (Welsh Labour Party) gained the seat for Penrhiwceiber with 954 votes. Born and raised in the Penrhiwceiber community, Ross lives in the area with his wife and two children.

He works as an aircraft engineer at GE Aviation and is also a shop steward and branch equalities representative for the Unite union.

Cllr Ross Williams said: “I am delighted that the residents of Penrhiwceiber, Perthcelyn and Miskin have put their faith in me to reperesnt them on Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.”

Cllr Williams is also an Ambassador Volunteer with Llamau, the young people and womens homelessness charity, and was a Cynon Valley Foodbank volunteer and a Community Volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also a loyal supporter of the Council’s annual Santa Appeal.

Sam Trask (Welsh Conservative Party) gained the seat for Llantwit Fardre with 1,011 votes. The father-of-two has lived in the area for more than 20 years and is passionate about his community.

He too is employed as an aircraft engineer at GE Aviation, having worked at the Nantgarw plant since the age of 16. He is also a member of the Unite union and has been a Community councillor for Beddau since 2017 and is Chair of RCT Conservative Federation.

Cllr Sam Trask said: “I am really honoured to have been elected as the new County Borough Councillor for Llantwit Fardre. I will do my best to serve the people truly and faithfully. Thank you for putting your faith in me.”

Councillor Steve Powderhill, Presiding Officer of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome both Ross Williams and Sam Trask as newly-elected members of this Council following the two by-elections held in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“I look forward to working with them both as this Council continues its important work of delivering its priorities to the people of this County Borough in the weeks, months and years ahead.”

Posted on Thursday 13th May 2021