29 March 2015

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 is currently the UK Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues and Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. 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. 

Patricia Robertson QC
Vice Chair

Patricia Robertson QC was called to the Bar in 1988 and practises at Fountain Court Chambers. She has a broad commercial and civil practice, focusing in particular on banking and financial services litigation, professional negligence, regulation of financial and legal services and mediation. She is a co-author of the Guide to the Legal Services Act (Butterworths, 2009) and her other publications include chapters on Fund Managers and on Expert Witnesses in Professional Negligence and Liability (ed Simpson, Informa, Looseleaf), and chapters on Plastic Money and on Internet Payments in The Law of Bank Payments (eds. Brindle & Cox, 3rd Ed., Sweet and Maxwell). She was a member of the Alternative Business Structures (ABS) working group of the BSB, formerly chaired the Standards Committee and is currently a member of the Entity Regulation Working Group and of the Regulatory Improvement Program project board. Patricia has also been involved in equality and diversity issues, and was formerly one of her chambers' two equality officers. She is a Master of the Bench, Inner Temple.
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 also a non-executive Director of Genesis Housing, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee of the Board and the Diversity Committee, as well as a trustee of Community Service Volunteers 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
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. 

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.

Simon Lofthouse QC
Barrister Member

Simon Lofthouse QC was educated at Fernwood Comprehensive School in Nottingham and later studied law at University College London. He was called to the Bar in 1988, appointed a Recorder in 2003 and as Queen's Counsel in 2006. As a Recorder he sits on the Midland circuit in crime, civil, private family and public family law. He became Chairman of the BSB's Complaints Committee upon appointment to the Board in January 2011, having previously been a Vice Chairman of the Complaints Committee since 2008. He was a prosecutor for the BSB and a member of the Bar Professional Conduct Committee prior to that. He has also been a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Commercial Bar Association for many years.

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 also sits as a lay panel member at the Employment Tribunals and he is a member of the Audit Committee and the Personnel, Equality and Health and Safety 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 is Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Birmingham, where he is Head of the School of Law. 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.
Sam Stein QC
Barrister Member

Sam Stein QC studied law at the Polytechnic of the South Bank (now the London South Bank University) before being called to the Bar in 1988. Sam took silk in 2009. Sam is a criminal practitioner and a member of Mansfield Chambers and a door tenant at Westgate Chambers.  Sam is the Chair of the BSB Standards Committee. He is also a trained advocacy assessor for the Crown Prosecution Services and an advocacy trainer for the Inner Temple. He was elected Inner Temple Bencher Trinity 2011. 

Richard Thompson OBE
Lay Member
Richard is the CEO of Facewatch following a thirty-three year career in Government service during which time he had extensive policy and operational experience in the security, intelligence and defence world. He was Commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets (1978 - 88), served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1989 - 2007) and was the Chief Constable of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (2007 - 12). He is a Director of the consulting company Elvaston Global Limited and a Director of Advanced Laser Imaging.  He is also a visiting Fellow at the War Studies Department at Kings College London and at the Strategy and Security Institute at Exeter University. 
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.

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 is currently an experienced member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board, on which he has sat since 2010.

Nicola Sawford  (starts as a board member in September 2015)
Lay Member

Nicola Sawford has been Chief Executive at Serle Court, one of the leading commercial and chancery barristers' chambers, for over ten years. She is a qualified chartered accountant and prior to joining Serle Court worked in various sectors including telecommunications, retail, media and financial services. She is a trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee at Changing Faces UK, a charity which supports and represents people who have conditions or injuries which affect their appearance. She is also an Executive Committee Member at the Legal Practice Management Association.

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.

Sarah Brown
Special Adviser

Sarah is a former Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Trade and Industry where her responsibilities included company law, relations with the accountancy profession and financial services regulation.

She now has a portfolio of interests which currently includes:

  • Lay member General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Trustee, Horder HealthCare
  • Chair, audit committee, Parkinson's UK
  • Chair, Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours

Matthew Nicklin QC
Special Adviser

Matthew Nicklin QC practises in media and defamation law at 5 Raymond Buildings in London. He was educated at Tasker Milward School in Haverfordwest before graduating from Newcastle University with a First Class degree in Law. Matthew was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1993. He was awarded an Inns of Court Pegasus Scholarship to Sydney in 1998 spending time with one of Australia's leading law firms, Mallesons Stephen Jaques and also at the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He was previously one of Lincoln's Inn's representatives on the Bar Council and, until December 2007, he was Vice-Chairman of the Bar Representation Committee of Lincoln's Inn. He later served on the Bar Standards Board, standing down at the end of 2013. Matthew is one of the authors of Oxford University Press's "The Law of Privacy and the Media".

´╗┐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. At present Emily is a member of the BSB's Education and Training Committee and chair of its BPTC subcommittee.  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 position as an Independent Advisor to the National Assembly for Wales Commission and member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, Member of Council at the National Army Museum and member of the Audit Committee, and Trustee, Board member and member of the Audit Committee at CVQO Ltd (which delivers vocational qualifications to members of youth organisations). Keith is currently a member of the Planning, Resources and Performance Committee and the Qualifications Committee at the Bar Standards Board.