21 September 2011

BAR REGULATORY BOARD TO BECOME LAY MAJORITY

The Bar Standards Board has appointed five new lay Board members, ensuring that from January 2012 lay members will outnumber barrister members for the first time since its inception in 2006. The new composition will include eight lay and seven barrister members. Despite never practising at the Bar, the Board's Chair, Baroness Deech, is classed by the Legal Services Act as a barrister member of the Board.

The new members of the Board are:

Rolande Anderson
Rolande is a Director of Genesis Housing, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee of the Board and the Diversity Committee. She is also a trustee of Brightside, an education charity, President of the Associates of Newnham College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Rolande has previously been Director-General for the Office for Civil Society at the Cabinet Office and Director-General for Transformation and Corporate Services at the Office for National Statistics.

Rob Behrens
Rob is Independent Adjudicator and Chief Executive of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education in England and Wales, appointed in 2008. Before this he was Complaints Commissioner to the Bar Standards Board (2006-2008). He has also held various positions within the UK Civil Service, including Director of the South Africa Development Unit and the International Public Service Group within the Cabinet Office and Secretary to the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Rob is a Trustee of the Fort Hare University Foundation, UK.

Tim Robinson
Tim is a qualified chartered accountant who has moved into consultancy after an impressive career as Human Resources Manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers and as HR and Corporate Services Partner at Accenture. He was a member of the Accenture UK/Ireland Board leading the infrastructure transformation and culture change associated with its transition from partnership to a public company. Tim also sits as a member of the Employment Tribunal.

Andrew Sanders
Andrew is Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Birmingham where he is also the Head of the School of Law. He is currently a member of the Criminal Justice Council, which advises the Secretary of State for Justice on matters of policy, and a Trustee of Regents College (a not-for-profit Higher Education College). He is Chair of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools in England and Wales.

Dr Anne Wright CBE
Anne is the Chair and Commissioner of the National Lottery Commission, where she also is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Regulating with Excellence Reference Group. 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.

Commenting on the appointments, Chair of the Bar Standards Board, Baroness Ruth Deech said,

"I am pleased that we have now ensured a lay majority for the Board. These appointments reinforce our commitment to regulate barristers in the public interest and enhance our position as the specialist regulator of advocacy in England and Wales. The calibre of our new Board members is outstanding and I welcome them all.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Board members Sarah Brown, John Carrier, Charles Hollander QC and Simon Monty QC, who have been instrumental in the development of a new Code of Conduct for barristers, our advancement towards a regulatory framework for legal businesses and the setting and maintenance of educational standards at the Bar. They have given invaluable service to the Bar in the public interest."