4 Aug 2022


The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that Kathryn Stone OBE will succeed the Rt Hon the Baroness Blackstone as its new Chair on 1 September.

Welcoming her appointment, Mark Neale, the Director General of the BSB said "Kathryn has been a Board member since January 2018 and she has provided invaluable advice and support to the BSB over the past four years. She has had a distinguished career in public life and I very much look forward to working with her in her new role as our Chair."

Commenting on her new role, Kathryn Stone said "I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chair of the Bar Standards Board. The BSB's vision is to regulate the Bar in the public interest by promoting high standards, equality and access to justice. I look forward to ensuring that the BSB works in collaboration with the profession, other legal regulators, legal consumers and all our stakeholders to ensure that that vision can be achieved." 


Notes to editors

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t   

Appointment to the Board

Our constitution requires that all appointments to the Board are made by the Board upon a recommendation from an Independent Appointments Panel. The Appointments Panel is made up of two members of the Board, a nominee of the Lord Chief Justice and an independent lay Chair.

About Kathryn Stone OBE

Kathryn Stone OBE is Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, a post she has held since 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 the Commission for Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland.

Kathryn is an advisor to an EU Peace Programme, Independent Adjudicator to the Rail Ombudsman and a school governor.

She is a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and was formerly 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.


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