Sarah Rochira, The Older People's Commissioner for Wales

Sarah Rochira Biography

Sarah took up post as the Older People's Commissioner for Wales on 4 June 2012 having spent over 25 years within the public and third sectors in Wales. 

Over the course of her career she has worked within a wide range of NHS organisations across Wales, including acute hospital, community and primary care and mental health services and as a commissioner of services.  She also had specific responsibilities within the NHS in Wales for equality and diversity, organisational development, training and education programmes and communication.

Sarah has worked extensively with and for older people.   She served as Director of the RNIB Cymru Group from 2008-12, a membership based organisation and the largest sight loss charity within the UK providing extensive front line services and support, to the 110,000 people within Wales with a sight loss, the majority of whom are older people.  She has also been an active campaigner for changes to UK and Welsh Government policy and priorities.

In 2009, Sarah established, and has been Chair of, the Wales Vision Strategy, a World Health Organisation linked initiative that brought together over 25 partner organisations with the purpose of reducing blindness and ensuring effective support to people within Wales who live with sight loss.  Prior to taking up her post as Commissioner, Sarah was Chair of Age Alliance Wales, an alliance of 20 national voluntary organisations committed to working together to support and inform the development of legislation, policy and services to improve the lives of older people.

Sarah is passionate about making a difference to the lives of all older people in Wales. As Commissioner, she will ensure that they have a strong voice, and will be a vocal advocate and champion for those who cannot speak up for themselves.

Commissioner's Blog

  • Human Rights Day 2015: Making Rights Real for Older People


    I am a human rights based Commissioner. I believe in human rights. I believe in their power to create a more just and equal society, their power to provide a moral compass in difficult times, guiding us on what is right and what is wrong, and their power to provide a framework for the delivery of public services. All of us should hold rights dear and play our parts in protecting and promoting people’s rights, in making rights real, not just for some but for everyone.

  • Response to Learning from Trusted to Care One Year On Report


    I welcome the clear improvement that has taken place to address the issues that led to the previously unacceptable quality of care and standards of service at Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot Hospitals...

  • When did you last get your eyes checked?


    For National Eye Health Week (21 to 27 September 2015) Ceri Jackson, director of RNIB Cymru and Chair of the Wales National Eye Health Week advisory group, offers some top tips on looking after our eyes.

  • Creating Joy through Live Music


    In this week's blog, guest blogger Robert Aitken, Director of Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales, highlights the importance of creating joy through live music.

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015


    Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day where individuals and organisations across the globe raise awareness of and speak out against the abuse of older people and the crimes that are perpetrated against them.

  • Dementia Friendly Brecon


    This week, our Engagement Coordinator, Kate Hughes, highlights her recent visit to Brecon, the first community in Wales to be publicly recognised by Alzheimer's Society for their work towards becoming dementia-friendly.