24 April 2014

Board member biographies

Baroness Ruth Deech QC (Hon)

Baroness Deech QC (Hon) lectured in law at Oxford University for many years before being elected Principal of St Anne's College 1991-2004.  She was a Gresham Professor of Law (2008-2012) and is currently a Fellow of Gresham College. Baroness Deech is also a Liveryman of the Drapers' Company. She has extensive experience of regulatory bodies, having served as Chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (1994-2002), a Governor of the BBC (2002-2006) and as the first Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (2004-08 ). She is an independent member of the House of Lords.

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 is also involved in equality and diversity issues, acting as 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 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.

Sarah Clarke
Barrister Member

Sarah spent the first ten years of her career at the self employed Bar, where she focussed on financial crime and confiscation. She then spent six years as an in-house counsel in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Services Authority where she advised on and conducted regulatory proceedings and insider dealing prosecutions. In 2011, Sarah returned to private practice at Serjeants Inn Chambers where she continues to specialise in financial crime and regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.  Sarah is an experienced lecturer on financial regulation and fraud and also conducts advocacy training at a national and international level.

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, and also acts as Head of Pupillage. 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.

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 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. 

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 Chair of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools in England and Wales.

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 Dyers Chambers and Westgate Chambers.  Sam is the Chair of the BSB Quality Assurance Committee, the Pupillage Sub-Committee and a member of the Education and Training Committee, Pupillage Review and the Joint Advocacy Group. 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 has recently completed thirty-three years in Government service during which time 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 has served extensively overseas, and his postings have including Hong Kong, France, Oman, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Kosovo, and Iraq.  He has also held a number of senior domestic appointments in the Cabinet Office and the Home Office as well as geographic operational commands within the FCO before becoming the first civilian to become a Chief Constable since 1947 when he took up the responsibility for providing the armed police protection for all British civil nuclear sites and the transhipment of fissile material both inside the UK and internationally.

He is now a paid Director of Elvaston Global Limited, an unpaid Director and shareholder in Advanced Laser Imaging; and a Fellow at Kings College London and Exeter University.

He was educated at St Paul's School, London; Exeter University; Harvard Business School; and Bramshill Police College.

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.

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.