Formal appointment of Mr Peter Tyndall as Ombudsman and Information Commissioner.

Issued 2 December 2013

The Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, today, 2 December 2013, welcomed the formal appointment of Mr Peter Tyndall as Ombudsman and Information Commissioner.

President Michael D. Higgins officiated at the Appointment Ceremony. Minister Howlin was in attendance.

Appointment Ceremony

President Michael D. Higgins, Mr Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD

In welcoming the appointment, Minister Howlin said:

Mr Tyndall brings considerable experience and expertise to the position following his successful tenure as Public Service Ombudsman for Wales.”

Minister Howlin added:

I am confident that Mr Tyndall will successfully apply this expertise to the vital duties of Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, whose extended remit now covers all Government Departments, Local Authorities, the HSE, and some 180 additional public bodies, including publicly funded third level institutions and educational bodies, recently added through the Ombudsman (Amendment) Act, 2012.”

Mr Tyndall begins his term of appointment today.


Notes for Editors

Mr Tyndall replaces Ms Emily O’Reilly who was elected to serve as European Ombudsman in July 2013.

The Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012 extends the powers of the Ombudsman and brings a wide range of public bodies within the Ombudsman’s remit. For more information, see:

Mr Tyndall has been Public Services Ombudsman for Wales since 2008. His office deals with complaints concerning public organisations responsible for delivering services devolved to the Welsh Government including Health, Social Care, Housing and Local Government. He has worked to modernise his office to provide prompt and effective resolution of complaints and to drive improvement in public services.

Prior to becoming Ombudsman for Wales, Mr Tyndall was the Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales. He was previously Head of Education and Culture for the Welsh Local Government Association and before that worked in a variety of senior positions in housing and social care.

Mr Tyndall recently served a two year term as Chairman of the British and Irish Ombudsman Association. He is a member of the World and European Boards of the International Ombudsman Institute. He has spoken and published extensively on ombudsman issues.

Originally from Dublin, Mr Tyndall has lived and worked in Wales for more than 30 years. He has an MSc in Strategic Management from Cardiff University and is married with three daughters.

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