Ray Singh CBE

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Ray Singh CBE was the first ethnic minority judge on the Welsh bench. He was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 1992 and in 1997 became the Resident District Judge of the Merthyr Tydfil Combined Law Courts on the Wales Circuit. He sat on the Wales and Chester Circuit until he had to retire, as is mandatory, at the age of 70 but still sits part-time and is a qualified mediator in family disputes. He was awarded a CBE in 2001. Ray has been a member of the Welsh Advisory Committee on Drug and Alcohol Misuse Act of the Judicial Studies Board, Family Court Services Committee, National Assembly Advisory Group and the South and South West Wales Criminal Justice Liaison Committee. He is a former Commissioner of the Commission for Racial Equality (1996–2002), Chair of the Formal Investigation into the Crown Prosecution Service (1999-2000), Chair of the Formal Investigation into HM Prison Service (2000-2003) - which resulted in the reports on the murder of Zahid Mubarak - and the Racial Equality in Prison in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Ray was also the Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Commission, set up by Birmingham City Council. He is a former member of the Race Relations Committee, General Council of the Bar, the Equal Treatment Advisory Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and is a former part-time Chair of the Child Support Appeals Tribunal. He is also an independent Chair of the Complaints Panel for the Welsh Assembly Government. Ray is involved in many more professional and public bodies as well as community groups, including being Chair of the Board of Merthyr Tydfil Brecon, as well as Aberdare Children’s Contact Centres, a board member of Neath Victim Support and a governor of both Swansea Metropolitan University and Swansea College. He is the current President of the Network of Children’s Contact Centres in Wales and has been appointed as an independent member of the Velindre Cancer NHS Trust and the Welsh Blood Service.

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