The Presiding Officer
The role of the Presiding Officer, is set out in the Assembly’s Standing Orders.
See also: Deputy Presiding Officer.
Elin Jones AM has been elected as the new Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales.
The Assembly Member for Ceredigion was elected during the first Plenary meeting of the Fifth Assembly at the Senedd. Ann Jones AM has been elected as Deputy Presiding Officer.
The Presiding Officer is the highest authority in the Assembly and chairs the meeting of all 60 Assembly Members in Plenary, remaining politically impartial at all times.
The Presiding Officer also plays an active role in representing the Assembly and Wales's interests on a national, UK and international stage. They also chair the Assembly Commission, which makes sure that Assembly Members have the staff and resources they need to carry out their roles effectively for the people of Wales.
The functions of the Presiding Officer are:
to chair Plenary meetings;
to determine questions as to the interpretation or application of Standing Orders;
to represent the Assembly in exchanges with any other bodies, whether within or outside the United Kingdom, in relation to matters affecting the Assembly; and
such other functions conferred by any enactment, by the Assembly or by these Standing Orders.
Contact the Presiding Officer: Llywydd@assembly.wales
Read about the work of Dame Rosemary Butler in her capacity as Presiding Officer of the Fourth Assembly (2011-2016)