New appointments made to Independent Remuneration Board of the Senedd
A new Chair and
Member have been appointed to sit on the Independent Remuneration Board of the
Haywood has been appointed as Chair of the Board whilst Hugh Widdis has been
appointed as a Board member. They will begin their appointments to the Board in
Dr Haywood is
currently a Board member of Natural Resources Wales, Hendre Group and the
charity Leonard Cheshire. She was previously a Board member of Scottish
Power Energy Networks, an independent member of the Welsh Audit Office’s
Remuneration Board, and inaugural Chair of WCVA Services Ltd. She also
chaired the Welsh Government’s Ministerial Task Force on City Regions.
Mr Widdis is the
Head of the Government Legal Service for Northern Ireland, and Departmental
Solicitor for the Northern Ireland Executive. Between July 2017 and May 2018
he was appointed temporarily to the position of Permanent Secretary to the
Department of Finance for Northern Ireland. He has 20 years of experience in
parliamentary services and government legal services.
“I am delighted to
have the opportunity to Chair the Independent Remuneration Board and I look
forward to serving alongside other Board members. These are challenging times
not only for elected Members of the Senedd, but everyone in Wales, and I am
excited at the prospect of the task that lies ahead.”
Parliament was the first 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 Senedd to enable them to fulfil their roles effectively.
and Clerk to the Senedd, Manon Antoniazzi, said:
“I am delighted we
have been able to appoint a new Chair and Board member with such extensive and
high standard of people we have serving on the next Remuneration Board will
help to give the people of Wales confidence that public funds are spent with
probity, accountability, value for money and transparency.”
Independent Remuneration Board, which takes office in September 2020, will also
include three other Board Members. Mike Redhouse and Dame Jane Roberts have
agreed to remain on the Board for another five-year term, whilst Ronnie Alexander
was selected in 2017 and appointed until 2022.