Board members are appointed by the Assembly Commission and hold office for a fixed term of five years. Membership of the current Board is noted below.
Dame Dawn Primarolo (Chair)
Dame Dawn Primarolo, DBE, is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Bristol South from 1987 until 2015, when she stood down. She was Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families at the Department for Children, Schools and Families from June 2009 to May 2010 and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from 2010. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for political service.
Born in London, Dawn was raised in Crawley, West Sussex. Returning to London in 1973 for work, she joined the Labour Party whilst employed as a legal secretary in an east London Law Centre.
She moved to Bristol in 1974 and her son, Luke, was born in 1978. As a mature student and single parent she studied a BA (Hons) in social science at Bristol Polytechnic, following which she conducted Ph.D. research into women and housing.
Dawn was first elected to Parliament at the 1987 general election and has held the following positions:
1992–1994: Opposition Spokesman for Health
1994–1997: Opposition Spokesman for the Treasury
1997–1999: Financial Secretary to the Treasury
1999–2007: Paymaster General
2007–2009: Minister of State for Public Health
2009–2010: Minister of State Children and Young People
Dawn was conferred a Peerage of the United Kingdom for Life in August 2015.
Ronnie Alexander (July 2017 onwards)
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. Hafod Care provides care and support services to more than 1000 people in Wales.
Ronnie had a civil service career spanning over 20 years when 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.
Ronnie’s appointment to the Board was confirmed by the Assembly Commission in June 2017. He took up the position in July 2017.
Trevor Reaney served as Clerk and Chief Executive to the Northern Ireland Assembly from August 2008 until his retirement in June 2016. Trevor began his career in the hospitality industry and has held a number of management positions in both the private and public sectors. Before joining the Assembly, Trevor served as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Policing Board from January 2004 and, prior to that, he held the post of Chief Executive of Craigavon Borough Council from 1996 to 2003.
Trevor is a member or holds office with a number of organisations:
- Fellow of the Institute of Management
- Trustee and Deputy Chair of Buttle UK (a children’s charity)
- Trustee of Tree Aid (an international development charity)
Michael Redhouse is currently Principal of EMES Consulting, which he founded in 2002, helping many major organisations with their remuneration and benefits issues. Michael graduated in mathematics from the Open University, and his career included spells as a Partner at Ernst and Young, and as Employment Policy Director at Diageo. Michael currently serves as a Trustee of the APEX Trust, which supports offenders returning to work, and as Chair of Trustees of St. Luke’s Hospice in Harrow.
Michael is a Member of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), which looks into pay, professional duties and working time of school teachers in England and Wales and reports to the Secretary of State.
Dame Jane Roberts
Dame Jane Roberts has an extensive background in local government and in health. Jane was Leader of Camden Council from 2000 until 2005, serving as a councillor for 16 years. She chaired the Councillors’ Commission for the Department of Communities and Local Government between 2007 and 2009 and currently chairs the think tank, New Local Government Network.
Jane is now Research Fellow in Public Leadership at The Open University Business School. Professionally, Jane is a medical doctor and worked until June 2016 as a hospital consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She was Medical Director and later Director of Quality and Performance at Islington Primary Care Trust.
Jane has a wide range of non-executive experience in the public and third sectors mostly across health, education, public policy and ethics including as a Non-Executive Director of Ofsted from 2006 to 2011 and Chair of Parenting UK from 2006 to 2012. She is a member of the governing body of the Institute for Public Policy for Wales.
Jane has authored a number of peer reviewed academic papers in paediatrics and psychiatry, as well as being co-editor of the book “The Politics of Attachment” (1996) and author of “Losing Political Office” (2017).
Previous Board members
Roger Williams CBE (September 2015 – May 2016)
Roger Williams, CBE has a wealth of experience in public service and has been a champion for local people and causes for over three decades.
Born in Crickhowell, Roger Williams still lives in the sixteenth century farmhouse near Brecon where he grew up. In 1969, after graduating with a degree in Natural Sciences from Selwyn College, Cambridge, Roger began a career in livestock farming on the family farm – a career that would run until his election in 2001.
During the mid-1980s he was elected Chairman of the Brecon and Radnorshire branch of the National Farmers’ Union. He became Chair of the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1990 and sat on the Development Board for Rural Wales from 1991-1999. In 1981 he became a County Councillor, firstly for the SDP and later the Liberal Democrats. After two decades serving on Powys County Council, Roger was elected MP for Brecon and Radnorshire in 2001, until March 2015.
During his time in Parliament, he has variously held positions including Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Shadow Rural Affairs Spokesman and Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.
In May 2016, Roger Williams resigned from his role on the Board to pursue political interests.