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Public Lecture: Robert Behrens CBE

Northumbria University

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Robert Behrens CBE, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in the UK

Truth unto Power

Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm 

Synopsis

In this lecture, Rob reflects on the challenges of speaking ‘truth unto power’, and of the key importance of using independence, impartiality and transparency to do so. Drawing on examples from across international and UK public policy, he suggests that the test of the utility of any public body is its ability to generate public trust at the very moment when public trust is an increasingly diminished currency.  

About the Speaker

Rob Behrens is Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in the UK. This is a Crown appointment and one that Rob took up in May 2017. He was previously an academic, a civil servant working with transition states, and an ombudsman in legal services and higher education.

He has considerable experience of investigating allegations of public service failure and, as a result, bringing redress to service users. His previous roles include Complaints Commissioner at the Bar Standards Board and Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (Office of the Independent Adjudicator) in England and Wales.

Rob transformed the Office of the Independent Adjudicator into an outstanding ombudsman service by focusing on promoting best practice and providing a more efficient and effective service to complainants.

Following this he became Visiting Professor at the University College London Institute for Education and also Chair of the European Network of Ombudsmen in Higher Education. Rob was made a CBE for ‘services to higher education’ in the New Year’s Honours List, December 2015.

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Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East
Business and Law Building, Ground Floor Lecture Theatre
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 2SU


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