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The Independent Panel on Financial Support for Assembly Members - Membership

The Panel is made up of the following members:-

  • Sir Michael Wheeler-Booth (Chair), a member of the Richard Commission and former Clerk to the Parliaments, he currently lectures in politics at Magdalen College, Oxford;

  • Mair Barnes, recently appointed as a non executive adviser to the Commission, a long track record in leadership of major companies;

  • Eileen Heasman, Director of Human Resources at the Office for National Statistics;

  • Professor Steven Martin of Cardiff Business School, an expert in the public sector who was the academic adviser to the Beecham Review of Local Service Delivery in Wales;

  • William Graham AM, Commissioner with responsibility for Assembly Resources, will sit on the Panel as the Assembly Commission’s representative.
    (As an Assembly Member, Mr Graham has an interest in the Panel’s recommendations and has indicated that he would not feel it appropriate to vote on matters in which he had an interest).

The Panel will be supported by staff of the National Assembly for Wales, in particular the following:-

  • Dianne Bevan, Chief Operating Officer of the Assembly: now has responsibility for finance, human resources, ICT, external communications and facilities management.  Formerly a solicitor and director in local government;

  • Wayne Cowley, Head of Members’ Business Services in the Assembly: responsible for management and administration of the current system of Members’ financial support in the Assembly and has assisted in previous reviews; staff from his team will also assist;

  • Advice will be given by Ian Summers, former Partner in the Wales Audit Office with particular responsibility for Assembly matters, currently working with the Assembly Parliamentary Service on corporate governance and specialist financial advice;

  • The Panel will have access to the resources of the Assembly’s research service, legal team and other specialist staff as the need arises.

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