09 February 2016

Board member biographies

Sir Andrew Burns, KCMG

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


Naomi Ellenbogen QC
Vice-Chair and Barrister Member 

Naomi was Called to the Bar in 1992 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010. In 2011, she was appointed Barrister Vice-Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board, having been a member of that committee since 2005. Naomi is Joint Head of Littleton Chambers, specialising in Employment, Commercial and Professional Negligence Law. She is an accredited mediator and General Editor ofButterworths 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.  


Rolande Anderson  MA, FRSA
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 Equalities and Diversity Committee in January 2012. She is a Governor of London Metropolitan University as well as a trustee of Volunteering Matters and of the mentoring charity Brightside. She is an Honorary Associate and member of the Campaign Board 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.


Rob Behrens CBE
Lay Member

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 Senior Civil Service, including Director of the International Public Service Group within the Cabinet Office and Secretary to the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the independent watchdog that advises the Prime Minister. Rob is a Trustee of the Fort Hare University Foundation, UK. 


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 practises in commercial law with particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance disputes.


Dr Malcolm Cohen JP
Lay Member

Malcolm is an experienced chief executive in the international manufacturing industry. He has a BSc in microbiology from the University of London and a PhD in Immunology from the University of Cambridge. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Financial Accountants.

He is a Senior International Trade Adviser of UK Trade and Investment leading the London regional infrastructure team. This involves him working with small and medium sized businesses to support them in developing their trade and investment in international markets.

Since 1992, Malcolm has been Magistrate in Barnet. He sits on Adult and Youth Courts and has recently been appointed to the Family Proceedings Court. He is also a member of the Barnet Safer Communities Partnership Board and Domestic Violence Strategic Board.

Previous positions include the Finance Director and Chairman of BLP Plc Group and the Director of the China and Britain Business Council. 


Justine Davidge
Barrister Member

Justine was educated 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. Since 2004 she has been a tenant at the Chambers of T Raggatt QC at 4 Kings Bench Walk where she has a wide-ranging criminal law based practice with a specialism in fraud and confiscation. Justine is panel counsel to the Serious Fraud Office and also to the Welsh Assembly. She additionally tutors BPTC students in advocacy and ethics, judges moots at Gray's Inn and undertakes 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, a position due to last 18 months, during which time she will continue to be a door tenant in Chambers. Additionally, Justine has recently been appointed a Chairperson of the Police Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal.


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.


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.

Tim Robinson
Lay Member

Tim qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and then moved to Human Resources where he worked in the Firm's London and Paris offices.  Subsequently Tim joined Accenture, becoming HR Director and a member of the UK and Ireland Board. He was later promoted to partner with responsibility for Accenture's corporate services. 
Tim has been a member of the Bar Standards Board since 2011. He is a Non Executive Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission and a panel member at the Central London Employment Tribunal.  Tim is also a member of the Audit Committee and the Human Resources Committee of Bristol University Council.

Professor Andrew Sanders
Lay Member

Andrew was educated at Wandsworth comprehensive school and the Universities of Warwick and Sheffield. He was Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Birmingham, where he was Head of the School of Law, until July 2015. He is now Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Sussex, where he is Head of the School of Law, Politics and Sociology. He is author of several books, journal articles and research reports on criminal justice.

Andrew has been a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales, the Parole Commission for Northern Ireland, and of the Attorney General's Advisory Board of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. He has also been an EU 'expert' on victim policy. He is a former member of the Criminal Justice Council and was Chair of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools in England and Wales for 3 years until June 2014.


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. For the past twelve years she has been the chief executive at Serle Court, a leading commercial and chancery barristers' chambers.

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. 


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.´╗┐

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.


´╗┐Emily Windsor
Special Adviser

Emily Windsor is a barrister specialising in property litigation. She was called to the bar in 1995 and practises from Falcon Chambers. Emily was appointed to the Bar Standards Board in 2006. In the past she has chaired its Equality and Diversity Committee and its CPD working group.  She also sits as a Deputy District Judge and is a contributor to various practitioner textbooks.


Keith Baldwin
Special Adviser

Keith Baldwin has extensive experience of working at Board level, in both public and private sectors, from his 20 years as a management consultancy partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and his more recent non-executive roles. His current roles include:

(a) a position as an Independent Advisor to the National Assembly for Wales Commission and member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee;

(b) Member of Council at the National Army Museum and member of the Audit Committee and of the Nominations and the Building for the Future Committees;
(c) Trustee and Board memberat CVQO Ltd (which delivers vocational qualifications to members of youth organisations). Also a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Keith is currently a member of the Planning, Resources and Performance Committee and the Qualifications Committee at the Bar Standards Board.