Ruth Marks has been named as the new commissioner for older people in Wales.
The commissioner role – believed to be the first of its kind in the world – is intended to be a voice for older people, in the same way that the children’s commissioner was set up as a champion for children and young people.
The commissioner is independent, and her role will be to ensure that the interests of people aged over 60 in Wales are safeguarded and promoted.
Ruth Marks, is currently Director of RNIB Cymru – a role that she has held since 2005 and prior to this was chief executive of Chwarae Teg.
(Ruth Marks: “I’m here to listen.”)
Commenting on her new role, which will start in April, Marks said: “It is a cause for celebration that we are living longer and healthier lives, but that doesn’t mean that older people in Wales have no difficulties to face.
“Some older people may be struggling financially, others are unable to access the services they need, and many are isolated and lonely. In the worst circumstances older people are abused and neglected.
“As commissioner I will ensure that the voice of older people is heard and that they are involved in every aspect of policy making and in the decisions that affect their lives. I am here to listen.”