24 February 2018

Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX)

The Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX) is a pool of external and independent subject matter experts who may be called upon to provide advice in an area in which expertise is lacking internally or where an in-depth or more independent view will be helpful.

APEX was formed as part of our governance restructure, requiring more executive-led policy development and decision making. A primary objective of the restructure is to ensure that policy development and decision making are carried out separately. All policy development is undertaken by the executive staff, and directly overseen by the Board itself. Alongside this, a focus on consumer and stakeholder views encourages us to adopt a wider participation and consultation process, which includes gaining expertise from a wider pool of people and backgrounds. 

As we continue to implement our governance reforms, we are moving to regulatory decisions being taken by staff (rather than by committees). All decisions on authorisations to practise or waivers from requirements of the Handbook are now taken by our staff, and they are able to seek advice from one of our appointed experts when that is needed.

Experts are appointed either to give advice to staff working on development of policy, or to staff taking decisions on authorisations and waivers. They will not usually give advice in the other area ie an expert appointed to give advice to staff working on policy development would not usually be called upon to give advice to staff taking decisions on authorisations and waivers.

Please see the list of members, their areas of expertise and brief biographical information

Lay members to support staff working on policy development have been appointed in the areas of:

Competition and Economics

Equality and Diversity

Higher Education

Insurance

Regulatory Policy and Theory

Regulatory Risk

 

Barrister members to support staff working on policy development have been appointed in the areas of:

Competition Law

Equality and Diversity Law

Regulatory Law

 

Staff taking regulatory decisions on authorisations and waivers can seek advice from an expert in the teaching of Foundation of Law subjects on the qualifying law degree, EU law and Equality legislation.