The agreed Process provides for an independent Selection Panel, comprising a retired senior judge, senior barristers, senior solicitors and lay (not legally qualified) members. The Panel is chaired by a lay member. The members of the Selection Panel who will oversee the 2020 competition are below.
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Sir Alex Allan KCB has had a long career at the highest levels of the civil service, including as Principal Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) to the Prime Minister and to the Chancellor of the Exchequer; Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice; High Commissioner to Australia; and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He is currently the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests.
He is married to journalist and author Sarah Stacey, and has many interests including music, sailing, cycling, computers and bridge.
Following periods as a Treasury civil servant and in executive search, including as deputy chairman of Saxton Bampfylde, Dr Douglas Board works as an executive coach and an expert on leadership and selection. His first degrees were from Cambridge and Harvard. In 2010 he was awarded a doctorate in the selection of people for senior roles by the University of Hertfordshire. He is the author of two applied research books (including ‘Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead: Science, Politics and Intuition in Executive Selection’, Gower 2012) and two novels.
In executive search he led many pioneering projects relating to merit, diversity and the law, including the inaugural searches for the Judicial Appointments Commission and its audit-based predecessor the Commission for Judicial Appointments (2001-06). He served as chair of the British Refugee Council (2007-12) and previously as a trustee, and then treasurer, of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
Wanda is an adviser to Smedvig Venture Capital and Non-Executive Director of the Royal Free London Foundation Trust. In addition she has recently become both Interim Chair of LEASE and Chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel.
She had a 25-year career in marketing and her last corporate role was as Managing Director of British Airways owned AIR MILES. She was also a Civil Service Commissioner for five years. She has a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics. Wanda is married to Catherine who is Head of Child Protection for a London borough.
Rachel Langdale QC qualified as a barrister in 1990 and practised as a mixed practitioner in her early years at the Bar, undertaking cases in crime, family, personal injury, clinical negligence and public inquiry work. In later years (and since taking silk in 2009), Rachel has largely specialised in children law cases and public inquiry work.
Rachel is Chair of the Bar Council Ethics Committee and a Bencher of Middle Temple.
Ed was admitted as a solicitor in 1980. He specialises in commercial property and charity trust law. Throughout his legal career, Ed has practised at Fieldings Porter, a mid-sized regional firm which provides a full legal service range from its Bolton and Manchester offices. Ed was Senior Partner there until 2014.
Ed was a member of the Law Society Council from 1993-2006, and served as President of the Society in 2004-5. He was a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission from 2006-2011 and a member of the Legal Services Board from 2011-2015. Ed was also a Governor of the Legal Education Foundation until November 2018. He is currently President of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Ed has acted for and advised a range of commercial clients over many years, including a major religious charity and numerous substantial local and regional businesses.
He has been married to Julie since 1977 and has two adult children (and now two grandchildren as well).
Phillip Sycamore retired from his full time office as a Circuit Judge, Tribunals Chamber President and Deputy Vice President of Tribunals on 31st March 2020. One of the first Solicitor Higher Court Advocates, Phillip was in private practice from 1975 to 2001, specialising in professional negligence and regulatory/disciplinary work.
He was President of the Law Society of England and Wales from 1997 to 1998. Phillip was appointed as a Circuit Judge in 2001 and as a Chamber President and Judge of the Upper Tribunal in 2008. Since 2010 he sat as a Judge of the High Court in the Administrative
Court and Queens Bench Division. He has been a Senior Judicial Appointments Commissioner since 2014 and will finish his term of office as a Commissioner in the Spring of 2020.
Maggie works with many public and private sector organisations at a senior level on leadership development, cultural change and organizational development. She has held a number of senior roles including being a member of several high profile Government and EU task groups and has represented the UK in Greece and Hong Kong. From 2001-2007 Maggie was a Civil Service Commissioner. Maggie is a Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute, a trustee of the Kerry Nicholls Dance Company and a Governor of the South Bank Arts Centre.
Monisha has extensive senior level management and Board experience in the Creative Industries working with both public and private sector organisations. She is Chair of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Non-executive member of the Board of the Office for Students, independent member of Ofcom’s content Board, and independent director on the Board of Next Mediaworks, a media company in India. She is also a serving Trustee of the Art Fund, Donmar warehouse and Caterham School. Monisha was invited by the Prime Minister to join the Committee on Standards in Public Life in 2015.
Among her previous roles, Monisha served as Trustee of Tate, National Gallery, and the Foundling Museum. Her last executive role was at BBC Worldwide, where she worked for 10 years before stepping down in 2010.
Monisha has a post-graduate degree from SOAS, and an executive MBA from the London Business School. She was elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in February 2009.
Andrew Walker QC qualified as a barrister in 1991, and was appointed QC in 2011. He practises from Maitland Chambers, mainly in the fields of property, company and commercial disputes, and claims against professionals. He also sits as an arbitrator and adjudicator.
He was Chair of the Bar of England and Wales in 2018, after a year as Vice-Chair and 12 years as an elected member (when he served as Chair of the Ethics Committee and Vice-Chair of the Law Reform and Access to the Bar Committees). He was elected a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2016. He was awarded the Bar Pro Bono Award in 2009 for some of his work with the homelessness charity, ‘Shelter’, and is currently a trustee of The Industry and Parliament Trust, a trustee of The Conservation Volunteers, and a member of the delivery group of the Slynn Foundation.
Rosemary Rollason has practised as a solicitor in regulatory and disciplinary law throughout her career. Rosemary has been a partner in regulatory teams at Field Fisher Waterhouse and Russell Jones & Walker/Slater & Gordon, and a Consultant at Bevan Brittan LLP. In late 2017, Rosemary established her own practice, R J Rollason Law, advising a wide range of professional regulators. She is appointed as a legal assessor to the disciplinary panels of several regulatory bodies.
Rosemary was a founder committee member and Secretary of The Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL) and currently supports ARDL’s Education Sub-Committee.
The Panel Members have declared interests which may be material to selecting and recommending appointment of potential Silks. These are set out in the Register of Panel Members’ Interests. A link to the Register is below.