Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Alistair Darling has appointed David Laverick as UK pensions ombudsman from September 1 this year.
Laverick succeeds Julian Farrand, who has served as ombudsman since 1994. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an honorary QC, Farrand was previously the insurance ombudsman, a position he held for nearly six years.
Laverick, 55, a solicitor whose early career was in local government, served for 20 years in the office of the local government ombudsman as director for the North of England.
His current post is as chief executive of the Family Health Services Appeals Authority, which involves him in determining appeals made to the Secretary of State for Health as well as managing the administration of an appeals service. He is also currently a legal member of mental health tribunals in the Midlands and North of England.
By Janet Du Chenne
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