Executive Recruitment

Director General

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Bar Standards Board
Salary range £135k-£150k, subject to previous experience
Closing date:
2nd July
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
5pm, Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Preliminary Interviews
6th, 7th, 13th and 20th August 2019
Final interviews with be at GatenbySanderson’s offices. The panel will be: The Rt Hon the Baroness Blackstone, Chair of the BSB Naomi Ellenbogen QC, Vice Chair of the BSB Steven Haines, Lay Board member of the BSB
Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September 2019

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The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is the independent regulator for barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales.  The BSB sets the entry requirements for the profession and draws up the rules and guidance for how barristers practise. It maintains high standards in the profession through its supervision and assurance work, and if things go wrong it can take enforcement or disciplinary action.  The BSB plays an important role in the good administration of justice and the upholding of the rule of law in England and Wales.

Over the next ten years, barristers in England and Wales will continue to face major challenges. These include changing consumer demands and expectations, significant reductions in public funding for Legal Aid and the justice system, technological advances and global competition.  The BSB must ensure that its regulation is risk-based, proportionate and agile in a changing legal services and regulatory landscape and must be ready to adapt and to participate in shaping change. This is an exciting time to join the BSB and our new Director General will lead the organisation through the next critical period of transformation in the legal services market and its regulation.

You will work with the BSB Chair and Board to ensure that a clear vision, strategy and strong operational business plans are in place and delivered. An inspiring leader, with outstanding communication skills, you will drive a culture of collaboration and high performance, where a valued workforce is motivated to deliver exceptional services. Whether you are a serving Chief Executive/Director-General, or this is a career step, you will have a demonstrable track record operating and influencing at executive board level in a complex organisation. You will have the ability to get to grips with key policy drivers and to play a critical ambassadorial role in promoting the voice, impact and influence of the BSB, together with the demonstrable influencing skills to work effectively with our many varied stakeholders.

Politically astute, you will be a visible and motivating leader, exercising diplomacy and sensitivity when required yet willing to challenge the status quo when needed. Your integrity, standing and judgement will inspire public confidence in the regulatory arrangements and hold the respect of a highly educated, demanding and articulate profession.

For an informal, confidential discussion, please contact Katrina Paget or Duncan Ewart on 0113 205 6092.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit:

  • A CV
  • A Supporting Statement of not more than 3 pages which demonstrates how you can address the Previous Experience criteria in the Person Specification
  • The contact details for 2 referees. NB: References will not be sought without your express prior permission


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Duncan Ewart
0113 205 6092
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