Mr. Valton Bend is the current Ombudsman. He was appointed to that position in 2009. He received his primary education at the Boscobelle Boys’ School, and his secondary education at both the Coleridge and Parry and Combermere Schools. He is also a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad. Mr. Bend has worked in the Civil Service of Barbados with attachments to the Parcel Post, the Ministry of Communications and Works, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Legal Affairs. He was called to the Bar of Barbados in 1978 and served as Crown Counsel, Senior Crown Counsel, Magistrate, and Acting Judge.
The Office of the Ombudsman for Barbados was established in 1987 in spite of the fact that the legislation had been enacted some six years earlier. The Ombudsman’s Office was established to provide a safeguard against maladministration and to protect its rights and interests of citizens.
The main functions of the Office of the Ombudsman include:
- Investigation and the settling of grievances against government agencies.
- Making recommendations for corrective measures when investigations reveal unlawful or unreasonable administrative procedures; and
- Providing recommendations where appropriate for the improvement of administrative systems and their operations.