Public service expert joins independent Remuneration Board
A new member has been appointed to sit on the National Assembly for Wales’s Independent Remuneration Board.
Ronnie Alexander is a former Chief Environmental Health Officer for the Welsh Government and is currently employed by both the Consumer Council for Water as a Consumer Advocate and the Food Standards Agency as a member of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee.
Ronnie Alexander said:
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity of appointment to the Remuneration Board and look forward to working closely with other board members, and under the guidance of the Chair, on the determination of pay and allowances for Members of the National Assembly.”
The National Assembly was the first parliamentary body in the UK to set up an independent body to determine the pay and allowances of Members.
The Board was established by the National Assembly for Wales (Remuneration) Measure 2010 and has the responsibility of setting the remuneration and financial support for Members of the National Assembly to enable them to fulfil their roles effectively.
Chair of the Independent Remuneration Board the Rt Hon Dame Dawn Primarolo, said:
“Ronnie’s experience and knowledge of Welsh public life will provide a vital element to the Board’s work in helping Assembly Members to do their job effectively.”
Chief Executive and Clerk to the National Assembly, Manon Antoniazzi, said:
“I am delighted they we have been able to attract a new board member with so much and such a broad range of public sector experience in Wales.
“The high calibre of individuals we have play an important role in ensuring people can be confident that public money is spent with probity, accountability, value for money and transparency.”
Ronnie Alexander Biography:
Ronnie Alexander left Welsh Government in 2013 where he had been Chief Environmental Health Officer to pursue a variety of other interests. He is currently employed by both the Consumer Council for Water as a Consumer Advocate and the Food Standards Agency as a member of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee which is a Ministerial appointment.
In addition, he has been appointed as Independent Chair of the Standards Committee for Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and is a Board Member for Hafod Care which is part of the Hendre Housing Association.
Ronnie had a civil service career spanning over 20 years in which the issues of climate change and sustainability were particular interests. Prior to that he worked for a number of local authorities in England and Northern Ireland in areas such as strategic support services and enforcement. He has a considerable track record of engaging with the public, professionals and politicians at all levels to influence policy.