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Chris Field is the Western Australian Ombudsman. He concurrently holds the roles of Energy and Water Ombudsman and State Records Commissioner. Chris is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the International Ombudsman Institute and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Ombudsman Association. He is also the current Chair of the Western Australian Integrity Coordinating Group.
Chris is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia and founder and co-coordinator of the unit Government Accountability – Law and Practice. Chris is also the author of a range of publications on law, economics and public policy, including the university text, Current Issues in Consumer Law and Policy. He is also the 'Consumer Dealings' editor of the Australian Business Law Review.
He commenced his career as a lawyer at Arthur Robinson and Hedderwicks (now Allens Linklaters), prior to holding the roles of Executive Director, Consumer Law Centre Victoria and Chairman, Australian Consumers’ Association (now Choice). Immediately prior to his appointment as Ombudsman, he was an inaugural Member of the Western Australian Economic Regulation Authority. He holds Arts and Law (Honours) degrees.