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Membership

Independant Remuneration Panel for Wales

Membership

The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has six members which are appointed by the Welsh Government.

 John Bader 

John Bader (Chair)

Biography

John Bader is a former director of the then Social Justice and Regeneration Department of the Welsh Government. He was the Director of Housing and Architectural Services for Newport B C until 1989 and Deputy Chief Executive of Tai Cymru up to its merger into the Welsh Assembly. He has been a member of the IRPW since it was established in 2008 and became Chair in January 2016.

Declaration of Interest

John Bader is a member of the Gwent Wildlife trust, a member of the National Trust, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. 

Mr Gregory Owens

Gregory Owens

Biography

Gregory Owens was a Cardiff County Councillor for 13 years until 2008 and served on a number of Council committees. Professionally, he was CEO of the Education and School Improvement Service (ESIS) and a schools’ Chief Adviser for Bridgend, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil local authorities for five years until his retirement in 2012. He serves as an Estyn Registered Inspector of Schools. He was formerly a trustee of Cardiff Bay Arts Trust (1996-2004), and board member of the BBC Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre (1999-2004).

Declaration of Interest

Greg is a Registered Inspector of Schools and undertakes work for Estyn [Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales]. From time to time he undertakes consultancy work for local authorities and schools in Wales. He is a Trustee and Company Secretary of the Insole Court Trust (Cardiff), a member of Llandaff Conservation Advisory Group and of the National Trust. He is a member of the Labour Party in Cardiff West Constituency. He was a General Election agent in 2015 for Kevin Brennan MP.

Stephen Mulholland

Biography

Early in his career Stephen served as a County Councillor for 8 years and then spent two years as Chief Regional Agent for a political party. Since then his focus has been at community level, including managing the 2011 Census within Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. He was Regional Manager for the RSPCA in Wales and the West Midlands for 13 years and then spent 5 years as Director for Wales and the Marches with the Food Standards Agency, protecting public health and animal welfare by regulating the meat industry.

Declaration of Interest

Stephen's wife is a co-opted member of Powys County Council Standards Committee.
 
 

Julie May

Biography

Julie’s background is in Local Government, education and, more recently, the third sector. Originally from Port Talbot, on returning to Wales in 1999, she joined the Further Education Funding Council for Wales before joining District Audit. During her time there and at the Audit Commission she led on Local Government Performance Audit, The Wales Programme for Improvement, and on Education. Julie was appointed as an Engagement Partner at the Wales Audit Office in 2006, responsible for a wide range of national and local reviews of service provision. On leaving the Wales Audit Office she worked at The Prince's Trust Cymru and then Christian Aid in senior performance and development and management roles.

Declaration of Interest

Julie is a commissioner with the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, and a co-opted member of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action Audit and Risk Committee.

Sarah (Saz) Willey

Biography

Born in Wales, Saz obtained an economics degree and worked as an auditor before moving to Paris. Returning to Wales, she became an active volunteer, a carer and retrained in law. She worked as a CAB manager until 2013 managing Legal Aid and Welsh Government contracts, developing new services and campaigning to improve policy and practice.

She also was a Vale Local Health Board non-executive and audit committee member for six years.

Declaration of Interest

Saz is a non-executive director of POBL Group's Care and Support Board, vice chair of its Group Audit and Risk Committee and a POBL Trust trustee. She is a non-executive director and treasurer of Care and Repair Cymru. Saz volunteers for the development charity Tools with a Mission and is learning welsh.

Saz is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a licensed PQASSO mentor.

Roger Symonds

Biography

Roger Symonds is a former teacher of Physical Education and a primary school teacher. He served on Bath and North East Somerset Council for 24 years, and was Cabinet member for Environment, Economic Development and Transport and Deputy Leader of the Council.  

Mr Symonds was also elected to the Local Government Association’s Boards from 2000 until 2015. He was a consultant with the Improvement and Development Agency. 

He worked as a political officer for the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors from 2005 to 2008 and was mayor of Bath in 2004/5.

Declaration of Interests

Roger is a member of the Women’s Equality Party and the Liberal Democrat Party.