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Inquiry team

Inquiry team

Ceri Breeze – Secretary to the Inquiry

Ceri Breeze is a Senior Civil Servant in the Welsh Assembly Government. Formerly the Head of its Public Health Strategy Division, he led the development of several national health improvement projects and programmes. The Division also co-ordinated action on European Union Public Health matters and links between other policy divisions and the National Public Health Service. He has worked for several government departments, including the Welsh Office, Department for Employment and Manpower Services Commission, and for the National Health Service. His experience has included work on a wide range of policies and programmes, the management of a national research and evaluation unit and work as a tutor in a staff-training centre. He has worked extensively with organisations across the UK and Europe, including the European Commission and World Health Organization.

Duncan Henderson – Solicitor to the Inquiry (to 18 July 2008)

As a member of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, Duncan Henderson has broad experience of providing legal advice to central government departments and other publicly funded bodies, and of inquiry work in particular. He was previously the Solicitor to the Inquiry established by the Home Secretary to investigate the murder of Zahid Mubarek at Feltham Young Offender Institution in March 2000.  Before that, he was the Deputy Solicitor to the Three Inquiries established by the Secretary of State for Health to investigate the way that the National Health Service dealt with complaints about the conduct and performance of four medical practitioners, having particular responsibility for the Richard Neale Inquiry.

Dafydd Huw Davies – Deputy Solicitor (Solicitor to the Inquiry from 21 July 2008)

Dafydd Huw Davies has been seconded to the Inquiry from the Welsh Assembly Government, where he is a member of its Legal Services Department. He has provided legal advice to various departments in the Assembly Government on both regulatory and policy matters and to the National Assembly for Wales' Legislation Committee. He has advised the Care and Social Service Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), and represented them in court on matters concerning the enforcement of standards in residential care homes. His previous employment has included the Magistrates Court Services in Dyfed Powys where he undertook court clerking duties and training justices on procedural matters.

James Eadie - Senior Counsel

James Eadie has been Junior Counsel to the Crown, Common Law (“A” Panel) since 1997. James appears regularly in major judicial review and public law actions both for and against the Government. He has considerable experience of a variety of regulatory systems and of public inquiries.  He acted as lead Counsel to Shell in its recent investigation by the Financial Services Authority, and is currently acting in a major pharmaceutical investigation being undertaken by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority. He advised the Department of Health in relation to The Neale Inquiry into systems to protect the public from misconduct by doctors.  He also acted as lead Counsel to The Bichard Inquiry, into police intelligence handling and systems for vetting those who work with children in the aftermath of the killings of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman by Ian Huntley.  He was appointed Silk in January 2008.

Richard Cole – Junior Counsel

Richard Cole practices from Chambers in Cardiff. He appears regularly in both the civil and criminal courts as well as undertaking advisory work for a wide variety of clients. Richard undertakes all aspects of personal injury-related work. He acts on behalf of the Royal Mail across the UK in prosecutions involving fraud, often on a large scale. He is on the Attorney General's Prosecution panel for the circuit and acts for Government Departments in prosecutions brought by them. He recently represented the Assets Recovery Agency in proceedings involving significant sums.The case involved trade mark and copyright infringement.

Emma Sutton – Second Junior Counsel

Emma Sutton practices from Chambers in Cardiff having recently been called to the Bar in 2006.  After graduating, Emma undertook a Masters in Commercial Law, obtaining a Distinction with particular recognition in contract, insurance and intellectual property law. During this time she also worked as a Legal Advisor in the Office of the Counsel General to the National Assembly for Wales.  Emma achieved Outstanding marks in the advocacy, drafting and legal research modules of the BVC at Cardiff University, and is a Scholar of Gray's Inn. Emma practices in all areas of general common law, but has a specific interest in public, chancery and commercial work. In addition to the mainstream courts, Emma regularly appears in the immigration, employment and employment appeal tribunals.

John Hall - Deputy Secretary

John Hall has worked in the Welsh Assembly Government, in the NHS in Wales and in local government. He joined the Inquiry following a secondment to a major NHS programme to improve services to patients through the better use and exchange of information. His work in the Assembly Government included the role of policy lead for NHS IT security. While in the NHS he was responsible for a team supporting and building some of the largest telephony and IT networks in Europe, linking NHS sites across the whole of Wales. He brings to the Inquiry experience of IT systems, project management and information governance.

Rhian Thompson - Inquiry Team Officer

Rhian joined the Inquiry from the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales (ACCAC) where she held the position of Office Manager. She has worked for organisations in both the public and private sectors and brings experience from a wide range of office and administrative roles.

Elin Wyn - Press & Media Relations

Elin Wyn is a media consultant with over 25 years journalistic experience. She established her own media consultancy in 2006 and provides advice and training to several organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She spent over two decades with BBC Wales producing news, current affairs and political programmes in both Welsh and English. During her time at BBC Wales she established the live broadcasting service from the National Assembly for Wales on the digital channel S4C2. She also managed the BBC's office in the Assembly.