Stephen Thornton CBE

Lay Member, The Bar Standards Board

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; The Pathology Partnership; and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

He also chaired the National Institute for Health Research's Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the East of England. 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 executive director of the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme for Betting Shops; and Chair of Cambridge City Food Bank.

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


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 Dental Council (GDC), The World Federation of Medical Education, 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 Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, The General Medical Council (GMC) 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.

Andrew Mitchell QC

Vice Chair, The Bar Standards Board

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.

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 2013, 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.