Elected CLAW Chair's 2021 

30 - 11 - 2021

Details of our newly elected chairs can be found below:

Chair of CLAW Elected Members
Councillor Mark Norris

Mark has been a Councillor for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council since 2004 and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services from 2015 with a portfolio including Corporate Estates; Procurement; Finance; ICT and Pensions; Revenue & Benefits.

Gaining a Business Degree from the University of South Wales and a Baccalaureate in International Money from Zwolle University in the Netherlands, most of Mark’s career has been in the Civil Service including the DWP; HMRC and the Welsh Office, although he did spend a crazy year working for Thomson’s Holidays in Spain.


Energy, technology, the environment and climate change are firm interests for Mark and he has led his Community and the Council to bring about the recent designation of a large area of his electoral ward as a Country Park. As Chair of the RCT Pension Fund Mark is also working with his committee and officers to decarbonise the almost £5 Billion of investments. Within the Council Mark sits on the Climate Change Steering Group and is working with Dave Powell to modernise working practices, introducing technology to improve productivity, connectivity and speed of practice and they are overseeing the transformation of fleet to ULE vehicles, installing an EV charger network, while bringing forward many invest to save energy projects.


Outside the Council Mark is very much involved in community life including being a School Governor; Board Member of Cambrian BG Football Club; a Director on Cambrian Village Trust and Director of Cambrian Lakeside Ltd. while also getting involved with and helping out many other groups in the community.


Chair of CLAW Leadership Board
David J. Powell
David is employed as the Director of Corporate Estates, working for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and is an integral member of the Councils Senior Leadership Team. He has spent most of his career working as a Chartered Building Surveyor and Project Manager delivering energy efficient projects and is now responsible for managing and maintaining the whole of the Councils property portfolio with the additional remit of decarbonising the Councils assets. With over 37 years experience working within the construction industry, he has worked in the public sector, private sector and civil service.

Working in collaboration with other partners such as the Cardiff City Region (CCR), the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, neighbouring Local Councils and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), David represents Rhondda Cynon Taf to collaborate and help decarbonise activities at a local and regional level.

David’s passion for the environment doesn’t stop in work, in his private life he has been a member of Friends of the Earth for more than 25 years and actively reduces his impact on the environment at home wherever possible.

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