The Lord Chancellor is pleased to announce that three new coroner areas, “Somerset”, “Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly”, and “South Wales Central”, came into effect today (1 April 2016).
The new area is the result of an amalgamation, proposed by Somerset County Council, of the East and West Somerset coroner areas following the retirement of the West Somerset Senior Coroner, Michael Rose.
The Somerset Senior Coroner is Tony Williams and the Assistant Coroner is Tim Hayden.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
The new area is the result of an amalgamation, proposed by Cornwall Council, in liaison with the Council for the Isles of Scilly, of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly coroner areas following the resignation of the Isles of Scilly Senior Coroner Ian Arrow.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Senior Coroner is Emma Carlyon and the Assistant Coroners are: Andrew Cox, Stephen Covell, Guy Davies and Barrie Van De Berg. Ian Arrow will also continue as an Assistant Coroner to assist with the work of the new area.
South Wales Central
The new area is the result of an amalgamation, proposed by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, in liaison with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, of the Powys, Bridgend & The Glamorgan Valleys and Cardiff & The Vale of Glamorgan coroner areas following the resignation of the Bridgend & The Glamorgan Valleys Senior Coroner in October 2013, and the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Senior Coroner in July 2013
Recruitment of a Senior and Area Coroner for South Wales Central is due to begin today. Andrew Barkley will continue to act as Senior Coroner in the interim. The Assistant Coroners are: Tom Atherton, Graeme Hughes, Dr Sarah-Jane Richards, Geraint Williams and Christopher Woolley.
These amalgamations are in line with the long-standing central Government policy, and the more recent policy of the Chief Coroner, to support and encourage the merger of smaller or part-time coroner areas to create full-time coroner areas.