Wayne Lines is the sixth Ombudsman appointed since the Office was established in 1972.
Mr Lines has lived in Adelaide, South Australia, all his life. He graduated from Adelaide University with a law degree in 1983 and worked in legal practice for 25 years, including 16 years in the Civil Litigation Section of the Crown Solicitor’s Office, where he undertook diverse work and represented government in various courts and tribunals.
He was appointed South Australian WorkCover Ombudsman in 2008 and South Australian Ombudsman in December 2014.
Mr Lines is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Ombudsman Association (ANZOA), a professional association and peak body for ombudsmen.
Emily Strickland was appointed to the position of the Deputy Ombudsman in March 2015. Prior to that Emily practised as an advice and litigation lawyer for 15 years predominantly in the areas of native title law and planning law. She worked in government and in the not-for profit sector including in the SA Crown Solicitor’s Office, the Treasury Solicitors Office in the UK, the NSW native title representative body and for the NSW Department of Planning.