Kay was born and raised in Aberystwyth, Wales. She was educated at Llandysul Grammar School and went on to study Biochemistry and Microbiology at King's College London, followed by a Ph.D. in medical research and an MBA from the University of Surrey.
Kay was elected as the Conservative MEP for Wales in June 2009. This saw the Conservative Party top the elections for the first time in Wales in modern history. A successful career in investment banking has equipped her with in-depth knowledge of the global financial markets. This, combined with her experience advising businesses in Europe and the US, has led to her appointment on the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee in the European Parliament.
At present, Kay is deeply concerned about how quickly the European Union is responding to financial service regulation without having properly looked at the impacts of what it is doing. She believes that the EU should work within a global framework as the crisis that we are facing is global; therefore it needs to work with the United States and so a global co-ordinated strategy needs to be implemented that is in line with the agenda of the G20.
Kay's main political priorities in Wales include fostering economic vitality through sustainable investment and improvements in rural support. She has been working towards creating a strong, stable Welsh economy which looks to encourage and support trade and businesses, particularly SMEs who are fundamental to economic recovery.
Committees and Delegations
Kay is currently the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group's Co-ordinator on the Economics and Monetary Committee in the European Parliament (ECON). Kay is the UK Conservative Spokesperson on Economic and Monetary Affairs. She is 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. She is also a substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE). Dr Swinburne also serves as a Welsh Conservative Party Board Member.
Submitting a written question
To view the written questions that Kay has submitted to the European Commission, click on the following link: written questions.