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Boundary Commission Appointments

Carl Sargeant, the Minister for Local Government and Communities has announced three appointments to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales.
Tuesday 15 May 2012

Richard Owen Watkin has been appointed as Chair for a three year term from 15 June and following a public recruitment exercise, David Powell and Ceri Stradling have been appointed as members for three years from 1st April 2012.

The Local Government Boundary Commission is an independent body that is responsible for keeping under review the electoral arrangements in Wales and making recommendations to the Welsh Government in the interests of effective and convenient local government.

The Chair is remunerated at a rate of £269 per session with a time commitment of 4 days per month.  Members receive £240 per full day and £120 per half day with a time commitment of 4 days per month.  

The appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner’s Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.  All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However in accordance with the original Nolan recommendation, there is a requirement for the political activity of appointees to be published – none of the appointees has carried out any political activities in the last five years.

Richard Owen Watkin has worked extensively in local government in Wales.  He was Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council from 1995 until his retirement in 2007.  He served as an interim member of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales from August 2011 until 30th April 2012.

Before his retirement from the Welsh Government in July 2011 David Powell worked extensively in policy areas associated with local government.  In particular, Mr Powell has 15 years experience of working, in a central government capacity, on local government finance and policy issues.

Ceri Stradling has worked extensively in public service audit in Wales.  He has experience of auditing a wide range of public services, including local authorities.  He retired from the Wales Audit Office in 2010 and recently took up membership of the BBC Audience Council Wales in April 2011.



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