Who will be the next champion for older people?

The Welsh Government has started the process to find the next Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. Sarah Rochira is the current Commissioner who was appointed in June 2012. With her term of office due to end in June 2018 following a two year extension in the role, last month, the Welsh Government invited applications to the post of Older People’s Commissioner from those people interested in becoming Wales’ third Older People’s Commissioner.

Wales was the first country in the UK to create the post of Older People’s Commissioner in 2008. Ruth Marks was the first incumbent. The Older People’s Commissioner is the independent champion for older people across Wales.

A short list of candidates will be drawn up in November and in January 2018, those successful candidates will be invited to a formal interview by the Advisory Assessment Panel. They will also be invited to appear before the Older People’s Panel (OPP). In my role as First Minister, I will receive reports from both panels and will consider these carefully before making a final decision. It is expected that the new Commissioner will take up their post in June 2018.