24 March 2018

Baroness Blackstone to be the new Chair of the Bar Standards Board

Last month we announced that The Rt Hon the Baroness Blackstone will succeed Sir Andrew Burns KCMG as our new Chair on 1 January 2018.

Welcoming her appointment, Dr Vanessa Davies, the Director General of the BSB said "I am delighted that our independent Appointments Panel has found such an excellent successor to our current Chair, Sir Andrew Burns, who has served the Board with great distinction over the past three years. Baroness Blackstone has had a remarkable career in British public life and brings with her a great deal of relevant experience of education and of leading important institutions. I very much look forward to working with her."

Commenting on her new role, Baroness Blackstone said "I am very pleased to have been appointed as the new Chair of the Bar Standards Board. The BSB's role is to regulate barristers in the public interest. Ensuring that the Bar is a strong and diverse profession offering high quality services and access to justice for the public is vital for our society."