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Chris Field is the Western Australian Ombudsman. He concurrently holds the roles of Energy and Water Ombudsman and Chairman, State Records Commission.
In 2016, Chris was elected Second Vice President of the International Ombudsman Institute. The Institute represents 170 Ombudsman institutions from more than 90 countries. Prior to his election as Second Vice President, he served as the Treasurer of the Institute between 2014 and 2016 and President of the Australasian and Pacific Ombudsman Region of the Institute between 2012 and 2014. Chris is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Ombudsman Association (ANZOA), the peak body for Ombudsmen in Australia and New Zealand.
Chris is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at the University of Western Australia, a position he has held since 2006. He is also co-founder and co-coordinator (with Professor Simon Young) of the unit Government Accountability – Law and Practice that is taught biennially in the School of Law at the University of Western Australia. 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 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 Economic Regulation Authority. He holds Arts and Law (Honours) degrees.