The Deputy Presiding Officer
The role of the Deputy Presiding Officer is set out in the Assembly’s Standing Orders.
Ann Jones AM has been elected as Deputy Presiding Officer for the National Assembly for Wales. Ann Jones is the Assembly Member for the Vale of Clwyd.
Standing Order 6.18 states that, "
in the absence or at the request of the Presiding Officer, the Deputy must exercise the functions of the Presiding Officer, so far as permitted by the Act"
The main function of the Deputy Presiding Officer (DPO) is to alternate with the Presiding Officer in chairing Assembly Plenary sessions.The DPO's role is similar to that of a Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons.
Under Standing Order 6.19, the Presiding Officer and Deputy must demonstrate impartiality at all times.
The Deputy also attends meetings and functions in their own right as well as on behalf of the Presiding Officer in order to raise the profile of the National Assembly for Wales.
The latest from the Deputy Presiding Officer
Annual Christmas Tree Decorating
12 December 2018
Every year we invite a different school to decorate Christmas trees at the Senedd. This year, we welcomed children from Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary School to create their own decorations during a craft session. The Llywydd and I were pleased to help them decorate the trees, bringing a festive feeling to the Senedd.
British Council Wales Report Launch
11 December 2018
Pleased to chair a panel discussion with great input from the audience to discuss the findings of the Women Power and Politics report. It explores the key developments which have been made in women’s role in politics in the UK and around the world – read it here
WEN Wales Final Mentoring Event
05 December 2018
In March 2018, WEN Wales launched their mentoring scheme to encourage more women into public and political life.
Over the past nine months I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in the scheme as a mentor. Schemes like this are so important and there’s a clear and current need for them. They provide a support network for women which can make a real difference. They also provide an insight into public and political life, helping mentees to gain confidence and experience in the field.
Congratulations to all that took part and good luck for the future.
Read the Deputy Presiding Officer's blog marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December 2018
Click here to read the Deputy Presiding Officer's blog: Removing the barriers to encourage a diverse and representative audience into public life
The Deputy Presiding Officer attends Women of Wales event for Senedd Delyn
29 June 2018
The 'Women of Wales' event was held as part of National Assembly for Wales's Senedd Delyn programme. This was an opportunity to celebrate and discuss women's representation in Wales, as part of our efforts to mark the Centenary of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Ann Jones AM, the Deputy Presiding Officer, Hannah Blythyn AM and Cerys Furlong, Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg were questioned about their roles as prominent women in public life in Wales. Discussions were held about the barriers they've faced during their careers and how they overcame these to reach where they are today.
Deputy Presiding Officer attends Welsh Youth Parliament event in Delyn
28 June 2018
The Deputy Presiding Officer welcomed young people to Theatr Clwyd to hear more about the Welsh Youth Parliament; how they can register to vote and how they can stand as a candidate. There was an opportunity to consider the issues that they’d like the Welsh Youth Parliament to discuss and find out what it means to be a Member.