Re-appointment of Chair of CAFCASS CYMRU Advisory Committee

This submission seeks the consideration of the Deputy Minister Health and Social Services to the re-appointment of the Chair of CAFCASS CYMRU Advisory Committee for a further two years.

The first Chair of the CAFCASS CYMRU Advisory Committee, Ms Catriona Williams (Chief Executive of Children in Wales) was appointed from January 2007.

The arrangements for appointment of a Chair from within the membership of the Committee were agreed in 2006.  The appointment was made by the Minister for Social Justice and Regeneration.  The appointment was for an initial period of three years, renewable subject to satisfactory review up to a maximum of 6 years.  The Chair, as with other members of the Committee, are not remunerated but are reimbursed travel, subsistence and childcare expenses incurred in attending meetings.  The Committee meets 4 times per year.

Although appointments to the CAFCASS CYMRU Advisory Committee do not come within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments this re-appointment is being made using a process which takes into account the Commissioner’s Code of Practice as best practice.

The Government of Wales Act 2006 section 71 provides power for Welsh Ministers to do anything which is calculated to facilitate or is conducive or incidental to, the exercise of any of their other functions.

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