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Dame Vera Baird DBE QC

Dame Vera Baird DBE QC

Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales

Appointed on 24 June 2019 for a three-year term, Dame Vera is responsible for championing the interests of crime victims and witnesses and reviewing the operation of the Victims Code of Practice (the Code). Dame Vera is the former Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria having been elected to the post in 2012, and then re-elected in 2016 with a majority of more than 120,000. She was renowned as a strong voice for the North East, speaking up for Northumbria Police force, partners and communities at a local and national level. She’s also the only honorary woman member of the Durham Miners’ Association as well as a Patron of charities RESPECT, Operation Encompass and Action After Fatal Domestic Abuse. Speaking upon the appointment of her new role as Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera said: "It’s an honour to have the chance to work with victims and witnesses to ensure that their voices are heard everywhere it matters." If you would like more information please contact the Office of the Victims’ Commissioner CEO: Russell.acourt@victims.commissioner.org.uk