Nicola Sawford

GRA Committee Chair

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 the Chair 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 of the First 100 years women in law project.

Naomi Ellenbogen QC

GRA Committee Vice-Chair

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.

Elizabeth Butler

Lay Member

Elizabeth Butler is a practising chartered accountant, specialising in business start-up. In a long career, she has worked for large listed companies, regulators and in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Elizabeth currently serves in a number of non-executive roles for the General Medical Council (GMC), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Connect Health Ltd and for the Regulator of Social Housing. Elizabeth was Chair of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust for seven years between 2011 and 2017 and has previously held many non-executive roles, notably for the Hyde Housing Association, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust. She is also trustee and chair of the audit and risk committee of the Royal British Legion.

Stephen Hickey

Lay Member

Stephen was previously a senior civil servant, working in the Department for Work and Pensions (and its predecessors), Cabinet Office (as Chief Executive of the Civil Service College) and the Department for Transport. He led teams responsible for policy development and legislation, finance, strategic planning and operational delivery. His career also included spells working in Ministerial private offices and secondment in the private sector.

His current and recent roles are in the fields of health, transport and the voluntary sector.  He is Chair of Healthwatch Wandsworth;  member of the Independent Transport Commission;  and Vice Chair of Merton Community Transport.  He is a former Vice Chair and Audit Chair of NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group, former Chair of St George's Hospital Charity, former Chair of the Community Transport Association (UK);  and an occasional consultant on charity governance.

Ms Elizabeth Prochaska

Barrister Member, The Bar Standards Board

Elizabeth Prochaska is a barrister specialising in public and human rights law. From 2017-2019, she was the Legal Director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission before returning to practice at 11 King's Bench Walk. In 2007, Elizabeth founded a non-governmental organisation called Birthrights, which promotes respect for women's rights in maternity care. Elizabeth is also the Chair of the Public Law Project. She has written and contributed to a number of legal textbooks focusing on human rights and equality law.