Shavanah Taj is a member of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales.
Shavanah Taj is the General Secretary of the Wales TUC. She has served in the role in since February 2020. She joined from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), where she was the Welsh Secretary from 2013.
Prior to joining PCS as a full-time officer in 2002, Shavanah worked in retail, call centres and the third sector. From 2018 to 2019, she served as the President of the Wales TUC.
Cardiff born and raised, Shavanah grew up steeped in the trade union movement. Her father was a Health and Safety representative in the steel works.
Shavanah is passionate about equality, social justice and human rights. She is a patron of Show Racism the Red Card Wales, and a trustee for the Henna Foundation which supports victims and survivors of domestic abuse and honour-based violence. She’s a trustee for Fio, a grassroots theatre group that encourages young working-class people to engage with arts and culture. She is also a trustee for the People’s Health Trust and the Bevan Foundation.
Shavanah still lives in Cardiff and is married with two young children aged 8 and 10.