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Speaker’s Biographies

Jan Williams, IPCC Commissioner for Wales

Jan WilliamsJan Williams became IPCC Commissioner for Wales in August 2013. Jan has responsibility for North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent police forces. Like all operational Commissioners, Jan is responsible for providing independent oversight of and taking ultimate responsibility for IPCC investigations, casework and the promotion of public confidence in the complaints system.

Jan was educated to postgraduate level at the University of Wales and the University of Aberdeen. She joined the NHS in 1979 and, over a 32-year career, held a number of chief executive posts at Health Authority, NHS Trust, and Health Board levels. She also worked at an all-Wales level and represented NHS Wales in a number of UK contexts.

Jan has a wealth of experience around public policy development and implementation, the management of organisational change and transition, public service governance and the delivery of quality services that reflect innovation and best practice. Jan Williams also has extensive experience of the management of a public service complaints system.

Jan retired from the NHS in March 2012 and, since that time, has developed a non executive career in the fields of public service regulation, effective complaints management and service improvement.

Jan holds an OBE, for services to the health sector.

Lyn Cadwallader, Chief Executive of One Voice Wales

Lyn CadwalladerLyn is the Chief Executive of One Voice Wales having taken up his post on 6 September 2010. He has financial and operational responsibility for running One Voice Wales as the national representative body for the Community and Town Council sector in Wales. He has several other work interests and is a Director of the Participatory Budgeting Unit based in North Wales and also sits on the advisory panels of the Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales and Participation Cymru respectively.

Prior to taking up his current post he had 19 years experience of local government and the housing sector in South East Wales latterly leading the corporate research and public engagement function of Torfaen County Borough Council. Over the last five years he has been involved in corporate business planning, a housing stock transfer process and formed part of a small team that led the development of Torfaen Local Service Board - the equivalent in England are the Local Strategic Partnerships. During this period he also successfully led a national pilot for the Welsh Government on research and public engagement by local authorities which paved the way for the establishment of the National Principles for Public Engagement in Wales.

He gained a BA (Hons) in Geography from Staffordshire University, is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (MCIH) and has post graduate qualifications in housing, business administration and leadership of public services from Cardiff University, University of Wales, Newport and the University of the West of England respectively. In 2009 he became an IDeA Peer Review Consultant and carried out a review of Bridgend CBC’s customer services in March 2009. He is also a qualified ‘PRUB’ systems thinker using Open Strategy methodologies. Lyn is committed to professional development as evidenced by his continuing education during his career highlighted above and professional qualification in housing. 

Nick Bennett, Public Services Ombudsman Wales

Nick BennettAppointed Public Services Ombudsman for Wales in August 2014, Nick was previously Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru.


Brought up on Anglesey, he attended Aberystwyth University taking a degree in Politics and an MBA. Between 1995 and 1999 he worked in Brussels, lobbying for Welsh regional policy interests.


Nick was Special Adviser to the Welsh Deputy First Minister between 2000 and 2002.


A former member of the All Wales Convention, the Public Services Commission for Wales andthe Welsh Language Board, he is married with three children.


Peter Davies, President of the Adjudication Panel for Wales

Peter DaviesThe President of the Adjudication Panel, Mr J Peter Davies runs his own legal practice in Cardiff specialising in civil and commercial litigation and, in particular, regulatory matters. He is a Deputy District Judge and chair of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He was appointed as Independent Adjudicator to Local Authorities in Wales with effect from 1 May 2008.