The Office is staffed by a dedicated and diverse group of professionals. Staff are representative of the diversity of the population served by the Office and come from a variety of education and employment backgrounds, such as law, social work, education, child and youth mental health, community-based and public sector advocacy, law enforcement, social policy, communications, administration and human resources.

Bernard Richard

Representative for Children and Youth

Bernard Richard was confirmed by the British Columbia Legislature as the province's second Representative for Children and Youth, effective Feb. 16, 2017.

Senior Management Team

Deputy Representative for Children and Youth

Dawn Thomas-Wightman was appointed Deputy Representative for Children and Youth in August 2015 after seven months as Acting Deputy Representative. Prior to that, Thomas-Wightman was the Office’s Chief Investigator. In the past, she has also served as RCY’s  Associate Deputy Representative, Aboriginal Services and as an Investigator. She also previously held the position of Executive Director, Aboriginal Services, at the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Executive Director, Strategy and Communications

Jeff Rud joined the Representative's office after four years as a B.C. government communications director, during which he was assigned to various ministries and worked on a number of initiatives including the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Prior to that, he worked for nearly 30 years as a journalist at several newspapers in Western Canada.

Alan Markwart

Chief Operating Officer

Alan Markwart joined the Representative’s office in October 2015 after more than 40 years in justice and children’s services.

Linda Hughes

Chief Investigator

Linda has a strong background in the not-for-profit sector and government, working with children, youth and families facing many challenges – poverty, abuse, health issues and disabilities.