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Former Local Government Ombudsman becomes new boundary commissioner

30th March 2011

Former Local Government Ombudsman becomes new boundary commissioner


The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) welcomes Sir Tony Redmond as its new commissioner.

Sir Tony, who until November 2010 was the Local Government Ombudsman, is appointed as of 7 March 2011.

Chair of the LGBCE, Max Caller said, “There are few people who have the same depth of understanding, expertise and experience in local government as Sir Tony.I am delighted to welcome him to the Commission.

“Sir Tony has an outstanding record of achievement both within local government and in a number of other posts outside, not least as Local Government Ombudsman.He understands the issues facing local authorities and is one of the most respected figures in his field.

“This is a crucial year for the Commission.We are about to embark on one of the most ambitious programmes of boundary and electoral reviews we have ever undertaken.I am pleased that the quality of our new appointment matches the scale of our ambition.

Jane Earl, a commissioner since 2008, has now completed her term of office and will leave the LGBCE at the end of the financial year. Max Caller said, “I would like to thank Jane for everything she has done for the Commission.Jane has been a first class commissioner not just in terms of her work directly on reviews but also as Chair of the LGBCE’s Audit Committee at a crucial time for our organisation.”

Alongside Max Caller (Chair), Professor Colin Mellors (Deputy Chair), Dr Peter Knight, Dr Colin Sinclair and Professor Paul Wiles, Sir Tony will complete the LGBCE’s complement of six commissioners.


Notes to Editors:

1.The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is an independent body set up by Parliament in April 2010. It is independent of Government and political parties, and is directly accountable to Parliament through a committee chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

It is responsible for conducting three main types of review:

  • Electoral reviews – reviews of the internal electoral arrangements (the number of councillors and the names, number and boundaries of wards) of local authorities;
  • Principal area boundary reviews – reviewing and making recommendations to the Secretary of State on changes to the external boundaries of borough, city, district and county councils;
  • Structural reviews – at his request, advising the Secretary of State on any proposals he receives for moves to unitary local government.

2. LGBCE commissioners are appointed by HM The Queen on the recommendation of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

3. Sir Tony Redmond was local government Ombudsman for nine years up to November 2010.Before becoming a Local Government Ombudsman, he was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Harrow (1987-2001). Prior to that he served as Treasurer and Deputy Chief Executive of Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (up to 1987) and also Treasurer to the Merseyside Police Authority. He has also held senior posts in Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council and Liverpool City Council.

His earlier posts were in Accountancy, Audit, Revenues and Corporate Planning at Liverpool City Council culminating in his role as Chief Accountant.Sir Tony is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and was previously Chair and Chief Executive of the Commission for Local Administration (England).

Sir Tony is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.He is also a Member of the Queen Mary Westfield College (University of London) Public Policy Advisory Board and a member of the Centre for Public Policy Seminars.

In 2011, he was knighted for services to local government.