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Governance

We have robust governance in place to oversee our work, led by our Board. The Bar Standards Board is made up of 15 people, a combination of lay people (non-barristers) and barristers. It has a lay majority.

Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

Chair

Sir Andrew Burns joined the BSB on 1 January 2015, following a long career in the Diplomatic Service. He was the UK Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues from 2010 to 2015 and was Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2014/15. His past roles include British High Commissioner to Canada (2000-2003), British Consul-General in Hong Kong and Macau (1997-2000) and British Ambassador to Israel (1992-1995). He was the final International Governor of the BBC; Chairman of Royal Holloway, University of London (2004-2011); and Chair of the Committee of University Chairs (2008-2011). He chairs Hestercombe Gardens Trust and the International Polar Foundation-UK and is a Governor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Ms Naomi Ellenbogen QC

Vice Chair

Naomi was educated at King David High School, Liverpool before reading Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford (New College), graduating in 1991. She was called to the Bar in 1992 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010. Between 2011 and 2015, Naomi served as Barrister Vice-Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board, having been a member of that committee since 2005. She was appointed as a member of the Bar Standards Board in September 2015 and as Vice-Chair of the Board in January 2016. Naomi is Joint Head of Littleton Chambers, specialising in Employment, Commercial and Professional Negligence Law. She is an accredited mediator and General Editor of Butterworths Employment Law: Practice, Procedure & Precedents, Fifth Edition. Naomi is a member of the Training and Accreditation Committee of the Advocacy Training Council. She is a Bencher of Gray's Inn and a Recorder of the Crown Court.  

Mr Aidan Christie QC

Barrister Member

Aidan was Called to the Bar in 1988 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2008. He was appointed a Recorder on the south-eastern circuit in 2009 sitting in crime and in 2012 he was appointed an Acting Deemster in the High Court of the Isle of Man for both civil and criminal matters. He became a member of the Professional Conduct Committee in 2011 and Barrister Vice-Chair in 2014. He was appointed to the Board of the BSB in September 2015 and was made Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee at the same time. He practises in commercial law with particular emphasis on insurance, reinsurance and financial services disputes.

Ms Justine Davidge

Barrister Member

Justine received a comprehensive school education in South Wales and completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law at Cardiff University. She was called to the Bar in 2001 and completed a criminal law pupillage. From 2004 until 2014 she was a full tenant at the Chambers of T Raggatt QC at 4 Kings Bench Walk where she had a wide-ranging criminal law based practice with a specialism in fraud and confiscation. Justine is a listed CPS advocate, panel counsel to the Serious Fraud Office and also to the Welsh Assembly. She also prosecuted for HMRC and RCPO amongst other bodies. In previous years Justine also tutored BPTC students in advocacy and ethics, judged moots at Gray's Inn and undertook public speaking seminars to law undergraduates. On 5th January 2015 Justine began working for the Law Commission's Criminal Law Team leading their project to reform the offence of Misconduct in Public Office. During the life of this project she continues to be a door tenant in Chambers. Additionally, in December 2014 Justine was appointed a Chairperson of the Police Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal, a part-time judicial appointment.

Ms Judith Farbey QC

Barrister Member

Judith was Called to the Bar in 1992 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2011. She is a member of Doughty Street Chambers where she specialises in public and administrative law. Her work includes judicial review, civil claims involving public bodies and advisory work for clients seeking to avoid litigation. She undertakes cases raising European and international human rights law. Her specialist immigration practice includes all aspects of Tier 2 and Tier 4 of the Points Based System for individual and corporate clients. Her nationality law practice extends to prisoners abroad on death row. The author of numerous journal articles on immigration law, she is a co-author of the third edition of the Law of Habeas Corpus (OUP, 2011). She was the first winner of the Pro Bono Award in 1997.

Mr Andrew Mitchell QC

Barrister Member

Andrew Mitchell QC was called to the Bar in 1992 and took silk in 2011. He specialises in commercial and civil litigation and arbitration. His practice is predominantly in the fields of banking, financial services, professional negligence, professional and financial regulation, and (re)insurance law, with a significant international element. He is a member of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR), and also an accredited Mediator. He is a member of Fountain Court Chambers where he chairs the Administration/Finance Committee and was formerly an experienced member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board, on which he sat from 2010.

Mr Adam Solomon

Barrister Member

Adam Solomon read English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford, graduating in 1992, and read for a Master's degree in Critical Theory at Sussex University, graduating in 1994. He took a law conversion course at City University, which he completed in 1997. Prior to being called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1998, Adam worked briefly in the European Commission in Brussels, and even more briefly as a school master at Worksop College. Since 2000, Adam has been a Trustee and Director of Law for All (now in administration), a charity committed to providing access to justice for those who might otherwise be denied it. Prior to 2007, Adam practised at Cloisters, and since then he has been a barrister at Littleton Chambers, specialising in commercial, employment and regulatory law.

Ms Anupama Thompson

Barrister Member

Anupama was called to the Bar in 1994 and spent many years in private practice at the criminal Bar before joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council (the UK regulator for nurses and midwives) in 2008 as a hearings lawyer, presenting fitness to practise cases before the NMC practice committees and the High Court.  She went on to lead on all the NMC's appellate work until 2013.  She is now Assistant Director, Legal Services at the NMC and runs the legal services department of the fitness to practise directorate.  She has recently been appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court.

Ms Alison Allden OBE

Lay Member

Alison Allden OBE joined the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member on 1 January 2017. Alison has a professional background in higher education, culture, IT and archaeology. She retired from the post of Chief Executive at The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in 2015. Previous senior posts include Deputy Registrar and Director of IS as a member of Bristol University's senior executive team and Director of IT at Warwick University.

As a self-employed retiree, Alison maintains a portfolio of non-executive roles including being on the Boards of two universities and a school governor. In addition, Alison is an External Member on the Cambridge University Information Services Committee and a Trustee of the Gloucestershire County History Trust. In 2015, she became an associate consultant of SERO; an education consultancy.

She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (MIFA) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (MCILIP).

Alison was awarded an OBE for Services to Higher Education in the 2016 New Year Honours.

Ms Rolande Anderson

Lay Member

Rolande has had a wide-ranging career in Government, and now works as an independent non-executive.

She joined the Bar Standards Board as a lay member and Chair of its Equality and Diversity Committee in January 2012. She is also a Governor of London Metropolitan University, and  a Trustee of St Mungo's , Citizens' Advice, Volunteering matters and  the mentoring charity Brightside. She is an Honorary Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In Government, she was Director General of the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office until 2010 and, prior to that, Director-General for Transformation and Corporate Services at the Office for National Statistics.

Mr Steven Haines

Lay Member

Steven Haines joined the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member on 1 January 2017. Steven is currently Managing Director for BT Group (Mobile) where he is responsible for transformation into a mobile business; a company he has worked for in various capacities since 1990. His previous posts include: Chief Operating Officer/Managing Director 2006-2014, Director of Strategy and Business 2001-2006, Director of Marketing and Product Development 1997-2001, and General Manager Sales and Services 1990-1997.

He is a seasoned senior executive with more than 15 years of board experience. Steven is an active mentor, particularly for Ethnic Minorities, a Career Councillor and a passionate member of the Gender Diversity Network.

Ms Zoe McLeod

Lay Member

Zoe McLeod joined the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member on 1 January 2017. Zoe is an experienced Board and Panel Member with more than 20 years' experience in consumer affairs, communications and regulation.
 
As an established consumer champion, Zoe currently chairs South East Water's Customer Challenge Group and is an Associate with the think tank, Sustainability First which has a strong focus on innovation and supporting vulnerable consumers. She also sits on the Executive Committee at NPL Sports Club. Zoe is also co-founder and part-time Director of a new social enterprise and online complaint handling website called "ontherecord".

With expertise in energy, water, consumer vulnerability, consumer engagement, data and behavioural change, Zoe has previously held posts at OFGEM, OFWAT, local government, Amnesty International, Citizens Advice and Consumer Focus. This included as a member of Ofwat's Expert Advisory Group, a representative on DECC's Consumer Vulnerability Task Force and the Government's Fuel Poverty Advisory Group.

In addition, Zoe was elected Local Councillor/Assistant Cabinet Member for Children and Youth Services - Richmond upon Thames Council between May 2006 and May 2010. She was Chief of Staff to the then Shadow Minister Susan Kramer MP between 2005 and 2007.

Ms Nicola Sawford

Lay Member

Nicola Sawford is a qualified chartered accountant with over 30 year's business experience.

After qualifying with Price Waterhouse she worked in a number of financial, commercial and analytical roles in various sectors including telecommunications, retail, media and financial services. In 2003 she became chief executive at Serle Court, a leading commercial and chancery barristers' chambers, a position she held for twelve years.

In addition to her BSB position she is also a trustee and audit committee chair of the charity Changing Faces, trustee and treasurer of The Access to Justice Foundation and one of the champions of the First 100 years women in law project.

Dr Anne Wright CBE

Lay Member

Anne is currently a Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  She was the former Chair and Commissioner of the National Lottery Commission (now merged with the Gambling Commission), where she was also a member of its Remuneration Committee and its Regulating with Excellence Reference Group. Other of her former non-executive roles include Chair of the School Teachers Review Body and member of the Board of English Partnerships and the Armed Forces Pay Review Body. Her former executive posts include Chief Executive of the Ufi/learndirect and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.

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