John Beckerleg

Chair, Finance Committee

John is an experienced chief officer with more than 40 years public sector experience including a variety of central and local government bodies. He studied mathematics at Cambridge and qualified as an accountant (CIPFA) before gaining an MBA from Henley Management College and running his own consultancy for 15 years.

John has held a number of roles which have encompassed major organisational change, governance, corporate management, developing relationships and working in a political environment.  More recent experience has been with national improvement organisations, central government agencies and a national charity including its commercial companies. In addition, John undertakes voluntary work for a number of charitable bodies.

Brian Yates

Vice Chair, Finance Committee

Brian Yates is a European Chartered Engineer and was a senior manager for a commercial engineering company responsible for developing new engineering businesses in overseas markets. He has served on many tribunals and represented consumers on professional standards panels for the ICAEW and the Law Society of Scotland. He is a trustee of Consumers’ Association/Which? and was chair of its Council from 1994 to 2007.

He is currently Chair of the Which? Investment Committee which assesses risk and manages the investment of its reserve funds. He is Trustee and Treasurer of the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers which provides free and practical consumer reports for older and disabled people.

Malcolm Cree

CEO, Bar Council

Malcolm retired from the Royal Navy in 2016, in the rank of Rear Admiral. He served in all types of ship from Minehunters to Aircraft Carriers and commanded a Destroyer, a Task Group in the Gulf and the Navy’s prized Operational Sea Training organisation.  He deployed all over the world and served in the Gulf (Tanker War) and Adriatic (Bosnia).  

Ashore, he specialised in corporate governance, financial and resource planning, portfolio and programme management and ended his career managing a major transformation programme on behalf of the Navy Board.  

On retiring, Malcolm worked for a management consultancy specialising in Decision Analysis, before taking over as Chief Executive of the Bar Council in August 2017.  

Malcolm has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern History from Bristol University and a Masters in International Relations and Security from King’s College London.

He was made a CBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.

Ms Naomi Ellenbogen QC

Vice Chair and Barrister Member, The Bar Standards Board

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.

Steven Haines

Lay Member, The Bar Standards Board

Steven Haines joined the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member on 1 January 2017. Steven is currently an independent advisor and has recently departed from BT Group as a senior executive after 30 years. Prior to this he was Managing Director in the new independent Openreach Executive. Previous roles include Managing Director for BT Group (Mobile), where he was responsible for transformation into a mobile business, and Chief Operating Officer/Managing Director BT Wholesale.

Steve is a highly accomplished senior executive and NED with over 20 years’ experience operating at board level in complex and challenging competitive markets and regulated organisations. A strategic thinker who demonstrates passion, collaboration and drive to deliver outstanding business growth. His inclusive and empathetic leadership style creates a culture of achievement through unity, trust, transparency and personal integrity.

Nico Leslie

Finance Committee

Nico was called to the Bar in 2010 as a member of Lincoln’s Inn.  He was the Lincoln’s Inn student of the year for 2010 and joined Fountain Court Chambers in 2011, from which he has practised ever since, specialising in Art, Banking, Commercial, Fraud and Arbitration cases.  He was appointed to the Joint Finance Committee in 2018 and is a member of COMBAR.  Nico is the co-author (with Mr Justice Marcus Smith) of The Law of Assignment, now in its third edition, and a contributing editor to numerous other academic or practitioner texts.  He was appointed to the arbitrator panel of the international Court of Arbitration for Art, based in The Hague, in 2019.

Mark Neale

Director General, Bar Standards Board

Mark Neale has had a long career of public service. From 2010, he led the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for nine years, transforming its capability in the wake of the financial crisis to protect consumers in the event of major failures, and putting many of its services online. Before the FSCS, Mark was a civil servant in both policy and delivery roles. This culminated in Director General roles in both The Home Office where he was responsible for counter-terrorism, organised crime and international work from 2002 to 2005, and in HM Treasury where he was the Managing Director for Budget, Tax and Welfare between 2005 and 2010. Mark has also worked as a civil servant on education, employment and welfare issues.

Declarations of interest:

The Lending Standards Board – Non Executive Director

Froebel Trust –  Chair

Grant Warnsby

Treasurer, Bar Council

Grant Warnsby was called to the Bar in 1997. He was elected Treasurer of the General Council of the Bar in 2018 having originally joined the Bar Council in 2015. Grant sat on the Bar Council’s Employed Bar and the Wellbeing Committees. He is a Junior Vice-Chair of the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry.

Grant specialises in international oil & gas and has held leadership roles in the Netherlands, Russia, Iraq and UK. He is Deputy General Counsel of Oil Search Limited having previously worked at BP plc in their upstream and corporate centre including holding office as director of OAO TNK-BP from 2008 – 2012.

He holds fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.