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20th September 2017

Search starts for Wales’ next Older People’s Commissioner

The Welsh Government has started the search for Wales’ next Older People’s Commissioner.

Created by the Welsh Government in 2008, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is the independent voice and champion for older people aged 60 and over across Wales. The Commissioner’s work is driven by what older people say matters most to them and ensures their voices are at the heart of all the commissioner does.

The current commissioner, Sarah Rochira, was appointed in June 2012 for a four-year term. Her term of office was extended last year for a further two years and comes to an end in June 2018.

The Welsh Government is now inviting applications from people interested in becoming Wales’ third Older People’s Commissioner. The application process can be found here – the closing date is October 13.

Following a full public appointments exercise, which will involve representatives of older people, it is expected a new commissioner will be appointed by the First Minister  in spring 2018 for an initial four-year term, with the new commissioner starting in the role in June 2018.

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