19 October 2018

Board member biographies

Baroness Blackstone 

Baroness Tessa Blackstone
Chair

Baroness Blackstone has enjoyed a distinguished career in education, politics and public life having been a lecturer at the London School of Economics, a member of the Central Policy Review Staff at the Cabinet Office, a Professor at the Institute of Education, Deputy Education Officer of the Inner London Education Authority, Master of Birkbeck College, University of London and Vice Chancellor of the University of Greenwich.  She was Minister of State for Education and Employment from 1997 until 2001 and Minister for the Arts from 2001 until 2003.   She has been the Chair of the General Advisory Council of the BBC, the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Royal Institute of British Architects Trust, and of the Board of Great Ormond Street Hospital and is currently Chair of the British Library Board, the Franco-British Council, the Orbit Group of housing associations and the Trustees of the British Lung Foundation. 


Naomi Ellenbogen QC

Naomi Ellenbogen QC
Vice-Chair and Barrister Member 

Naomi was educated at King David High School, Liverpool before reading Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford (New College), graduating in 1991. She was called to the Bar in 1992 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010. Between 2011 and 2015, Naomi served as Barrister Vice-Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board, having been a member of that committee since 2005. She was appointed as a member of the Bar Standards Board in September 2015 and as Vice-Chair of the Board in January 2016. Naomi is a member of Littleton Chambers, specialising in Employment, Commercial and Professional Negligence Law. From 2014 to 2018, Naomi was Joint Head of Chambers. She is an accredited mediator and General Editor of Butterworths Employment Law: Practice, Procedure & Precedents, Fifth Edition. Naomi is a Bencher of Gray's Inn, a Deputy High Court Judge and a Recorder of the Crown Court.

Alison Allden OBE

Alison Allden OBE
Lay Member

Alison Allden OBE joined the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member on 1 January 2017. Alison has a professional background in higher education, culture, IT and archaeology. She retired from the post of Chief Executive at The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in 2015. Previous senior posts include Deputy Registrar and Director of IS as a member of Bristol University's senior executive team and Director of IT at Warwick University.

Having retired in 2015, Alison maintains a portfolio of non-executive roles including being on the Boards of two universities. In addition, Alison is an External Member on the Cambridge University Information Services Committee and a Trustee of the Gloucestershire County History Trust. In 2015, she became an associate consultant of SERO; an education consultancy.

She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (MIFA) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (MCILIP).

Alison was awarded an OBE for Services to Higher Education in the 2016 New Year Honours. 

 

Aidan Christie QC

 

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 civil 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 was appointed to the Board of the BSB in September 2015 and was made Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee at the same time. He practises in commercial law with particular emphasis on insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence and financial services disputes. 

Justine Davidge

Justine Davidge
Barrister Member

Justine received a comprehensive school education 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. From 2004 until 2014 she was a full tenant at the Chambers of T Raggatt QC at 4 Kings Bench Walk where she had a wide-ranging criminal law based practice with a specialism in fraud and confiscation. Justine is a listed CPS advocate, panel counsel to the Serious Fraud Office and also to the Welsh Assembly. She also prosecuted for HMRC and RCPO amongst other bodies. In previous years Justine also tutored BPTC students in advocacy and ethics, judged moots at Gray's Inn and undertook public speaking seminars to law undergraduates. Between January 2015 and September 2017 Justine worked for the Law Commission's Criminal Law Team leading their project to reform the offence of Misconduct in Public Office. In October 2018 she took up her current position as an in-house barrister with the Payment System's Regulator. She continues to be a door tenant in Chambers. Additionally, in December 2014 Justine was appointed a Chairperson of the Police Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal, a part-time judicial appointment, and in November 2015 she was appointed to the NMC's pool of legal advisors, in which capacity she provides independent legal advice to fitness to practice panels

 




Lara Fielden

Lara Fielden
Lay Member

Lara has a range of regulatory and governance expertise. Her career began as a BBC Television producer and continued as a regulator with Ofcom. As a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism she contributed influential reports on press and media regulation to the Leveson Inquiry and serves as an Independent Member of the press regulator IPSO. She was a member of the UK Statistics Authority's 2016 Steering Group overseeing its Code Review and the introduction of the Office for Statistics Regulation. Lara has a keen interest in criminal justice and was a board member and vice chair of the London Probation Trust. Until 2017 she was a lay panel member for the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service, and has served as a lay magistrate chairing in the adult court. She chairs regulatory panels for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a lay examiner for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Steven Haines

Steven Haines
Lay Member

Steven Haines joined the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member on 1 January 2017. Steven currently works for BT Group overseeing Strategy and Transformation projects. Prior to this he was Managing Director in the new independent Openreach Executive. Previous roles include Managing Director for BT Group (Mobile) where he is responsible for transformation into a mobile business; . His previous posts include: Chief Operating Officer/Managing Director 2006-2014, Director of Strategy and Business 2001-2006, Director of Marketing and Product Development 1997-2001, and General Manager Sales and Services 1990-1997.

He is a seasoned senior executive with more than 15 years of board experience. Steven is an active mentor and coach, a Career Councillor and a passionate member of the Gender Diversity Network.

Zoe Mcleod

Zoe McLeod
Lay Member

Zoe McLeod joined the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member on 1 January 2017. Zoe is an experienced Board and Panel Member with more than 20 years' experience in consumer affairs, communications, policy and regulation.

As an established consumer champion, Zoe currently chairs South East Water's Customer Challenge Group and Cadent gas' Customer Engagement Group. She is an Associate with the think tank and charity, Sustainability First where she leads on innovation and supporting vulnerable consumers. Zoe is also Director of The Consumer Watchdog.

With expertise in energy, water, consumer vulnerability, consumer engagement, data and behavioural change, Zoe has previously held posts at OFGEM, OFWAT, local government, Amnesty International, Citizens Advice and Consumer Focus. This included as a member of Ofwat's Expert Advisory Group, a representative on DECC's Consumer Vulnerability Task Force and the Government's Fuel Poverty Advisory Group.

In addition, Zoe was elected Local Councillor/Assistant Cabinet Member for Children and Youth Services - Richmond upon Thames Council between May 2006 and May 2010. She was Chief of Staff to the then Shadow Minister Susan Kramer MP between 2005 and 2007.

Andrew Mitchell QC

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, and was formerly an experienced member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board, on which he sat from 2010.

Nicola Sawford

Nicola Sawford
Lay Member

Nicola Sawford is a portfolio non-executive.

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. In 2003 she became chief executive at Serle Court, a leading commercial and chancery barristers' chambers, a position she held for twelve years.

In addition to her BSB role she is a non -executive director at Chelmer Housing Partnership, trustee of the charity Changing Faces and trustee and treasurer of The Access to Justice Foundation. She is also a member of the Managing Partners Forum Advisory Board, an advisor at Crowd Justice and a champion pf the First 100 years women in law project.

Adam Solomon
Adam Solomon QC
Barrister Member

Adam Solomon QC 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. 

Kathryn Stone
Kathryn Stone OBE
Lay Member

Kathryn Stone  is Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards a post she has held from January 2018. Before that she held the post of Chief Legal Ombudsman for England and Wales.  She has also been  a Commissioner with the Independent Police Complaints Commission and at  Commission for Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland.

Kathryn sits on the Ministerial Hate Crime Advisory Group, is an advisor to an EU Peace Programme, a Trustee of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets and a school governor. 

She is a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Registered Social Worker.  She was made OBE in 2007 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Derby in 2018.



Anupama Thompson

Anupama Thompson
Barrister Member 

Anu was called to the Bar in 1994 and spent many years in private practice at the criminal Bar before joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council (the UK regulator for nurses and midwives) in 2008 as a hearings lawyer, presenting fitness to practise cases before the NMC practice committees and the High Court.  She went on to lead on all the NMC's appellate work and became the Assistant Director, Legal Services in 2014 running the legal services department of the fitness to practise directorate.  She left the NMC at the end of 2016 and now carries a portfolio of legal work including sitting as a Legal Adviser to Fitness to Practise Panels of the General Dental Council, providing legal training to professional regulators and sitting as a Recorder in the Crown Court. 

Stephen Thornton CBE

Stephen Thornton CBE
Lay Member

Stephen's executive career was spent in the health sector where he has been chief executive of Cambridge & Huntingdon Health Authority, The NHS Confederation and The Health Foundation. His health sector non-executive roles have included The Healthcare Commission; Monitor, the independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts; the Eastern Academic Health Science Network and The Pathology Partnership

He has been a Member of the Board of Overseers for the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Development, Duke University, North Carolina, USA; a Member of the Governing Council of the International Hospital Federation; and a Lay Adviser on the UK Board for Healthcare Chaplaincy. He has also been a Member of the Governing Council of the Open University.

He is presently on the Board of the Nursing & Midwifery Council and is a non-executive director of The Senet Group (promoting responsible gambling). He also chairs the National Institute for Health Research's Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the East of England.

He is a volunteer generalist adviser at Cambridge and District Citizens' Advice Bureau and is an Elder of Downing Place United Reformed Church, Cambridge.