Appointment of Chairman of the Welsh Committee of the AJTC
On 13 February 2008 the First Minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan, named Professor Sir Adrian Webb as the first Chair of the Welsh Committee of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (AJTC). Sir Adrian will commence his appointment as Chair on 1 June 2008 but will become a member of the AJTC itself on 1 May 2008.
The Welsh Committee of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council will come into being on 1 June 2008. The Welsh Committee will take the lead in overseeing administrative justice, tribunals and inquiries in Wales, including the working in Wales of tribunals which also sit in other parts of the UK, as well as tribunals which operate only in Wales. The Welsh Committee comprises one member of the AJTC itself (appointed by the Welsh Ministers with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor and Scottish Ministers) plus a further three members appointed solely by Welsh Ministers.
Rhodri Morgan said:
I welcome the establishment of a Welsh Committee that will look after the interests of the people of Wales with a view always to developing better methods of citizen redress. I am particularly pleased that its first Chair, Professor Sir Adrian Webb, has such an outstanding background in public service in Wales, both in education, health and other fields.
Sir Adrian will step down as Non Executive Director of the Welsh Assembly Government's Management Board following the appointment of a new Permanent Secretary later this year.
Professor Sir Adrian Webb was Chair of the Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust up until the end of March 2008. He is a non-executive member of the Welsh Assembly Government's Executive Board but will step down from this role following the successful appointment of the new Permanent Secretary. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan until December 2005. He was previously an academic at the London School of Economics and Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University. His academic career resulted in many research projects, publications and consultancies. He has held many committee and advisory roles both in Whitehall and in Wales, including HM Treasury's Public Service Productivity Panel, and has chaired several national enquiries. He was a member of the Review Team which reported to the Welsh Assembly Government in 2006 on Local Service Delivery (the "Beecham Review"), and Chair of the review of Post 14 Education in Wales (the Webb Review, published as " Promise and Performance" in December 2007). He grew up in and currently lives in South Wales.