Jill Evans was born in the Rhondda in 1959 where she still lives. Jill attended University in Aberystwyth and then worked as a Research Assistant at the former Polytechnic of Wales where she gained her M.Phil. Degree.
She worked for the National Federation of Women's Institutes in Wales for six years before taking up a post as Wales Regional Organiser for CHILD - The National Infertility Support Network.
Jill Evans was a councillor for seven years - on the former Rhondda Borough and Mid Glamorgan County Councils and then Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council.
She was elected as Plaid Cymru's Alternate Member of the Committee of the Regions in 1993 and served for four years, and was also the party's representative on the European Free Alliance, working with Plaid Cymru's sister parties throughout the continent.
Jill was Chair of Plaid Cymru between 1994 and 1996. In June 1999 she was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for Wales.
Jill Evans was re-elected to the European Parliament in 2009 and was a member of the Green / European Free Alliance (EFA) Group - the fourth largest group in the Parliament.
She was the President of EFA, and the first Vice-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the EP. Jill also deputised on the Delegation for Relations with the Palestine Legislative Council.
She was a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Delegation for relations with Iraq. She deputised on the Agriculture Committee.
In the present parliament (2014 - 2019), Jill is the Vice-President of the EFA Group, and is presently a member of the Committee on Culture and Education. She deputises on the Transport and Tourism Committee. She is also a member of the Delegation for relations with Switzerland and Norway and to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Carmen Smith is an experienced campaigner who works in international development. She was twice elected as NUS Wales Deputy President and has played a leading role in the People’s Vote campaign and with the young people’s movement For Our Future’s Sake.
Patrick McGuinness is a lecturer of French and Comparative Literature at St Ann’s College, Oxford. From an English and Belgian background, he has lived in Wales since 2000. He is a celebrated academic, writer, and poet.
Ioan Bellin is a former broadcaster for ITV Wales and BBC Northern Ireland. He has worked in a number of roles for Plaid Cymru over the last 15 years in the National Assembly for Wales. He has stood twice before for the European Parliament; as a candidate in Pontypridd for Westminster and Welsh Parliamentary elections.