UK/WALES | Nick Bennett appointed as the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

Nick Bennett was appointed Public Services Ombudsman for Wales on August 1st 2014. Previously he was Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru Group, which consists of the national membership body for Housing Associations, Care and Repair Cymru and the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales.

Between 2000 and 2002 he was Cabinet Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government where he supported a number of portfolios including economic development, rural affairs and culture and the Welsh Language.

Brought up on Anglesey, he was educated at Aberystwyth University where he gained a degree in political science and an MBA. Between 1995 and 1999 he worked at the Wales European Centre in Brussels where he lobbied for Welsh regional policy interests. 

He was a member of the All Wales Convention which recommended holding the referendum on primary law making powers for the National Assembly. He was appointed to the Public Services Commission for Wales and the Co-operative and Mutuals Commission in 2013. He is a former member of the Welsh Language Board and the Ofcom Advisory panel for Wales.  A fluent Welsh speaker, he is married with three children.

Source: Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, UNITED KINGDOM

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