Please note that this is an historic document and does not necessarily represent the current membership of the Council.
Following the departure of three members last year, we welcomed in their place three new members, Mrs Sue Davis, Mrs Pat Thomas and Mr Jonathan Spencer, who were appointed with effect from 1 December 2005.
The Rt Hon. the Lord Newton of Braintree OBE, DL: Chairman of the Council since 1 October 1999. Lord Newton was Conservative Member of Parliament for Braintree, Essex, from 197497. During that period he held many Ministerial offices including Secretary of State for Social Security (198992). Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (199297). He became a Life Peer in 1997.
Professor Alistair MacLeary: Honorary Professor, University of Heriot-Watt. Member of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland (19892005). Formerly MacRobert Professor of Land Economy at the University of Aberdeen. Previous public appointments included membership of the Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish Valuation and Rating Council. Member of the Council and Chairman of the Scottish Committee since September 2005. Member of the Economic & Regulatory committee and Dispute Resolution Group.
Mrs Carolyn Berkeley JP: Justice of the Peace since 1989. Chair of Enfield Primary Care Trust since April 2001 and Enfield Community Care NHS Trust 19982001. Lay Inspector, OFSTED 199599. Non-Executive Director and Mental Health Manager, Barnet Healthcare NHS Trust 199597. Member of the Social Security Appeal Tribunals 199597. Member of the Council since April 1999. Deputy chair of the Social Affairs committee and member of the User Issues Group.
Mrs Elizabeth Cameron: Formerly worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau, latterly in Edinburgh Sheriff Court as manager of the In-Court Advice Services and co-ordinator of the Mediation Service. Vice Chair of the Scottish Mediation Network. Lay member of the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal since 2001. Member of the Council and the Scottish Committee since September 2002, and of the Social Affairs committee and User Issues Group.
Mrs Sue Davis CBE: Chair of Telford and Wrekin Primary Care Trust and Councillor for Dawley Magna Ward, Telford and Wrekin Council. Involved in senior, elected, local government for 20 years and most recently served as Cabinet Member for Resources in the Borough of Telford and Wrekin. Before the creation of the Unitary Authority in 1997 was leader of Shropshire County Council, having served on it since 1981. Deputy Chair of the Advantage West Midlands Regional Development Agency 19982004. Member of the Council since December 2005, and of the Social Affairs committee and Dispute Resolution Group.
Miss Judith Edwards: Barrister. A partner with tax consultants, Balfour Kent since October 2002, advising on tax planning for individuals, companies and trusts. Director, Global Tax Advisory Services, Alliotts, London. Member of the Council since September 2003, and of the Economic & Regulatory Committee, User Issues Group and Diversity sub-group.
Mrs Susan Howdle: Former lecturer in law at the University of Sheffield. Vice-President of the Methodist Conference 199394, and Chair of MHA Care Group 19962002. Vice-President of the Yorkshire Rent Assessment Panel 199198. Part-time Chair of the Social Security Appeal Tribunals 199698. Member of the Council since April 1998. Chair of the Economic & Regulatory committee.
Ms Penny Letts: Policy Consultant and Trainer specialising in mental health, mental capacity and disability law. Member of the Mental Health Act Commission 19952004. Policy Advisor for the Law Society 19872001. Member of the Judicial Studies Board's Tribunals committee since May 2003. Member of the Council since September 2002. Chair of the Social Affairs committee and member of the User Issues Group.
Mr Stephen Mannion QPM: Scottish Area Commander of the British Transport Police 199299 following a career with Strathclyde Police 196092, reaching the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. Awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1997. Lay member of the Employment Tribunal Service 19992001. Member of the Council and the Scottish Committee since August 2001. Member of the Economic & Regulatory committee, Dispute Resolution Group Committee and Diversity sub-group.
Mr Bernard Quoroll: Solicitor and CEDR registered mediator with an extensive career in local government. Held the post of Chief Executive in three local authorities: Aylesbury Vale District Council 198595; Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames 199599; Isle of Wight County Council 19992001. Member of the Council since May 2003. Chair of the Dispute Resolution Group and member of the Economic & Regulatory committee.
Professor Genevra Richardson: Professor of Law, King's College London. Member of the Mental Health Act Commission 198792. Chair of the Prisoners' Advice Service 19942003. Chair of the Expert Committee on Reform of Mental Health Legislation 199899. Member of the Medical Research Council 2001 to date. Trustee, Nuffield Foundation 2002 to date. Member of the Council since February 2001. Deputy chair of the Economic & Regulatory committee and member of the Dispute Resolution Group.
Dr Jonathan Spencer CB: Civil servant 19742005, the last 8 years as Director General and Departmental Board Member first at the DTI (Director General Resources and Services, then Director General Business Group) and for the last 3 years at LCD/DCA (Director General Clients and Policy) where among other tasks he was responsible for the work leading up to publication of the DCA White Paper on Tribunal reform.Over the last 25 years has worked in a wide variety of government roles in three different departments (Cabinet Office, DTI, LCD/DCA). Now a public policy consultant, and a member of the Law Society Regulation Board. Member of the Council since December 2005, and of the Economic & Regulatory committee and User Issues Group.
Dr Adrian V Stokes OBE: Chief Executive of CAT Ltd, a consultancy specialising in health informatics, international standards and computer networking. Worked in NHS 19812000, retiring as Joint Director of the Information Management Centre. Non-Executive Director of Barnet Primary Care Trust and a Special Trustee of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust. Governor, University of Hertfordshire. Member of Disability Appeal Tribunals 19922003. Member of the Council since November 2003 and of the Social Affairs committee and User Issues Group.
Mrs Pat Thomas CBE: Local Government Ombudsman in the north Midlands and the north of England 19852005 and Vice-chairman of the Commission for Local Administration 19932005. Previously head of School of Law at Lancashire Polytechnic. Member of the Greater Manchester and Lancashire Rent Assessment Panel 197785, Vice-President and President 198485. Part-time chair of Blackpool Supplementary Benefit Appeal Tribunal 198085. Member of the Council since December 2005, and of the Social Affairs committee and Dispute Resolution Group.
Heather Louise Wilcox: Accountant and former career civil servant. Director of Primary and Community Health, National Assembly for Wales until retirement September 2001. Appointed by the Privy Council as a member of General Optical Council January 2002. Serves on Quaker Finance and Property Central Committee and as a director of Friends Trusts Limited. Former Treasurer of Cruse Cymru. Member of the Council since February 2003 and of the Social Affairs committee and User Issues Group. Also represents the interests of people in Wales.
Ms Ann Abraham: UK Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for England. Ex-officio member of the Council since her appointment in November 2002. Ex-officio member of the Commission for Local Administration in England. Chair of the British and Irish Ombudsman Association 200406.
Professor Alice Brown: Scottish Public Services Ombudsman. Ex-officio member of the Council and the Scottish Committee since July 2004.
Ms Lyndy Boyd: Solicitor with a history of working in the public sector as a Children's Reporter, Welfare Rights Officer, and Solicitor with Aberdeen City Council and the Care Commission. Monitor and Consultant with the Open University. Freelance trainer in legal aspects of social work, public administration, and social care regulation. Legal member of the Parole Board for Scotland. Member of the Scottish Committee since December 2004.
Mr Douglas Graham: Solicitor in private practice. Board member, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Scottish Land Fund Committee of the Big Lottery Fund. Member of the Scottish Committee since May 2000.
Mrs Audrey Watson: Solicitor with the legal services section of West Lothian Council, responsible for training JPs. Depute Clerk of Court and Depute Clerk of the Peace. Project co-ordinator for the District Courts Association. Consultant providing training in relation to the practice and procedure of District Courts. Legal Assessor and former panel member for the Health Professions Council and Depute Clerk to the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal. Member of the Scottish Committee since August 2001.
Mrs Mary Wood: Former senior Governor in the Scottish Prison Service, involved in developing Code of Conduct training. Deputy Chair of the Water Commissioner's West of Scotland Consultative Committee until its disbandment in April 2002. Manager, Ayrshire Centre, former manager of Scottish Marriage Care. Citizen's Advocacy Support Services volunteer and former part-time resource worker with the Richmond Fellowship Scotland and a volunteer with learning disabled, promoting social inclusion. Member of the Scottish Committee since July 2000.