John Alexander recently retired as a partner in Carter Backer Winter LLP, accountants and business advisors, and is a former partner of KPMG and PKF. He continues to assist lawyers and accountants providing advice to businesses in financial difficulties and is on the ICAEW’s Probate Committee. John is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and Chartered Accountant. His long career as an IP has involved him in some of the largest and more complex insolvency appointments over the years as well as dealing with insolvencies of SMEs and individuals. He was a Council Member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association for six years and R3 (the insolvency profession’s trade body) for 21 years. He chaired a number of their committees during this time. John was a member of the ICAEW’s Review Board (disciplinary appeals) for 12 years, four as vice-Chairman. He is a Past Master of the Tobacco Pipe Makers’ Livery Company, a Governor of Channing School (a North London independent girls’ school), a non-Executive Director of a property investment company and on the Cabinet Office’s non-Executive Board Member on Enhanced Department Boards’ panel.
Richard Atkins QC
Richard Atkins is a Barrister practising from St Philips’s Chambers and 4 King’s Bench Walk. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011 and specialises in serious criminal cases including fraud and homicide and Regulatory law, particularly Trading Standards and Health and Safety cases. He sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court and is a Tutor Judge for the Judicial College. He is Chairman of the Bar Council Member Services Board and Chairman of the 2014 Bar Conference Organising Board. He is a member of the Bar Council General Management Committee. He is also Chairman of the Governors of the Coventry School Foundation which governs King Henry VIII and Bablake Schools in Coventry.
Tania Brisby worked in financial services in investment banking at Samuel Montagu, NatWest Group and Deutsche Bank and more recently was a non-executive director of the Wesleyan Assurance Society. In consultancy services, she was as former director of Cardew Group, a City financial public and investor relations firm and has her own corporate advisory practice specialising in emerging markets. In the not for profit sector, she is a non-executive director of Circle Group, one of the UK’s largest housing associations. In the public sector, she was seconded to manage a European Commission restructuring and privatisation programme in Eastern Europe in the 1990s and advised the NHS on commercial dispute resolution until April 2013 as Chairman of the NHS Midlands and East Competition Panel.
Mike Brooks spent most of his professional life working in the international oil and gas industry. After obtaining his CIMA qualification with British Petroleum, he spent several years working in Saudi Arabia and Australia before returning to the UK to join the consultancy practice of Coopers and Lybrand. Joining Shell in 1980, he spent the next twenty years in various senior finance management roles both in the UK and overseas covering financial and management reporting, controllership, treasury, strategic planning and business performance appraisal and, latterly overseeing the financial aspects of a major M & A transaction. Subsequently, he was the Financial Director of Trinity Energy Limited, a UK-based independent oil and gas company formed to finance, develop and operate a number of small oil and gas fields in Uzbekistan and Russia. Since retiring from full time employment, he has developed a portfolio of consulting and non-executive roles in commercial, public sector and charitable organisations, which included membership of the Medical Research Council and of the Board of Governors of the University of Portsmouth. For a number of years he was a member, and latterly, chair of the Institute of Directors’ Board of Examiners. He was previously a member of CIMA’s Disciplinary Committee and a lay member of various review bodies convened by the (then) Office for Judicial Complaints. He holds an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE and is a fellow of CIMA, of ACCA and of the IoD.
Sir Stanley Burnton
Senior Chairman of the Tribunal Panels
Sir Stanley Burnton was educated at Hackney Downs Grammar School and St Edmund Hall Oxford, where he read Jurisprudence. He graduated in 1964 with First Class Honours and was called to the Bar in 1965. He practised initially in general common law, and then from 1976 as a commercial lawyer. He took silk in 1982, was a recorder trying crime and then sat as a deputy High Court judge in the Chancery Division from 1994 until he was appointed to the High Court Bench in July 2000. He was nominated to the Administrative Court shortly after his appointment. He was knighted in the same year. In April 2008 he was promoted to the Court of Appeal, and became a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. He retired as a Judge of the Court of Appeal on 25 October 2012, when he reached the age of 70. Stanley Burnton is a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and was Treasurer of Middle Temple in 2010. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII), a charity that makes the law freely available on the Internet. He is a trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and a member of its audit committee. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor of Queen Mary College, London. In 2012 returned to his former chambers, One Essex Court to practise as an arbitrator.
Simon Carne has had an extensive involvement with the UK’s regulatory environment since the mid-1990s, including utilities, financial services and professions. In the 1980s, he set up Ernst & Young’s forensic accounting service, at which time he was a founding Council member of the Academy of Experts. He later served as a member of the Institute of Actuaries’ Disciplinary Tribunal and subsequently its Council (2001-06). He became an accredited mediator in 2009.
Anthony Cory Wright
Anthony Cory-Wright is a former KPMG audit partner and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. During his career with KPMG, he served as an audit partner and in professional practice and practice protection roles in the United States, the Middle East, the UK and Russia. He was head of the KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice for the CIS, which is based in Moscow, and also was the audit risk management partner for the Russian firm during the seven years before his retirement in June 2012.
Fiona Daley is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Most of Fiona’s career has been spent working in the public sector, including 22 years with the Audit Commission, where she was the appointed District Auditor responsible for the audit of a range of local government and NHS bodies. Fiona‘s continuing contribution to governance in the public sector includes membership of a Police Joint Audit and Standards Committee. She is an Independent Panel Member with the Judicial Appointments Commission.
Gerry has worked in actuarial and pensions consultancy for over 25 years. He became a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in 1991. Gerry is the Principal who heads up Punter Southall’s Edinburgh office and is responsible for the firm's business development in Scotland and the North of England.
Throughout his career Gerry has been involved in all aspects of pensions consultancy and actuarial work. He is a Scheme Actuary and advises both trustees and companies, and is responsible for the provision of strategic investment advice.
He previously sat on the Council of The Faculty of Actuaries, has served as an adviser for The Pensions Advisory Service and has been an examiner for the Faculty of Actuaries' professional examinations. In 1999, he co-authored a paper commissioned by the Actuarial Profession; the concept of which has since evolved to become the UK's Pension Protection Fund.
Gerry graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1986, with an Honours degree in Mathematics.
Sir Bernard Eder
Bernard Eder practised as a barrister for almost 35 years – between 1976 and 2010 - specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. In 1991, he was appointed Queen's Counsel. During his practice at the English Bar, he acted as Counsel in over 100 reported cases (including in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the Privy Council) and over 200 international arbitrations. In 2011, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He resigned from the Bench in April 2015. During his time as a High Court Judge, he sat mainly in the Commercial Court in London where he presided over a number of high-profile trials. He continues to sit in the Commercial Court from time to time and has also now rejoined Essex Court Chambers as an arbitrator/mediator. In May 2015, he was appointed an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court.
Richard Gillis QC is a barrister practising from One Essex Court in London. He was educated at Sandbach Grammar School and Balliol College Oxford. He won an exhibition to Balliol and in 1980 graduated with a first in Jurisprudence. He then took the BCL in Oxford before being called to Lincoln’s Inn in 1982. He has been in full time practise at the bar ever since and was awarded silk in 2006. He has a broad based practise, with a particular expertise in commercial cases where corporate and insolvency issues arise in a litigation context. In addition he has substantial experience of financial services investigations and disciplinary proceedings, where he has both prosecuted and defended. In 2014, he was appointed a bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.
Michael Green has spent nearly 40 years working within the life insurance industry. He was Appointed Actuary/Actuarial Function Holder for Abbey Life from 1992 to 2006. More recently he has been involved in projects related to Solvency II. Michael has been a member of the Actuarial Profession Supervision and Regulation committees. Currently he chairs the Linked Matching Working Party which is investigating the implications of Solvency II for the level of assets needed to match unit-linked liabilities. Michael is a trustee of the Scottish Episcopal Church Pension Scheme.
Mike Hammer is a consulting actuary advising in relation to pension schemes and other employee benefits, working at Buck Consultants Ltd. He has also advised on expert witness work in relation to pension funding.
He is an independent examiner for university degrees in actuarial science. He was formerly the principal examiner on risk management for the actuarial profession and has served as an investigating actuary for the profession’s disciplinary scheme.
Mike qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1992, after graduating with an Honours degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.
Stuart Hill’s early career was in R&D and technology management, primarily in the motor industry but also including the privatisation of BR’s Production Services Division. This was followed by appointments as Chief Land Registrar of England and Wales, and Chief Executive of the House Builders Federation. He subsequently returned to technology as Managing Director of AEA Technology plc’s Environment and Rail Divisions, and chaired several international subsidiaries. He is now pursuing a portfolio career centred on his appointment as a Lay Member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and similar positions with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the National Register of Public Service Interpreters, the West Midlands Police Authority (until its abolition in 2012), and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors/Insolvency Practitioners Association Fixed Charged Receivership Scheme. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (Vice Chair since April 2013) and Wolverhampton City Council Standards Committee’s Independent Person.
Gordon Jack is a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. During his career with the firm, he was involved in audit engagements for a wide variety of organisations, from owner managed businesses to major public limited companies and public authorities in Scotland, London and the Middle East. He was elected to serve on the firm’s Supervisory (Non Executive) Board for two terms, and was audit risk management partner for Scotland in the five years prior to his retirement. He is a former Council Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland where he served on a number of committees and before chairing the Institute’s Executive Board from 2004 to 2007. He is also a member of The Chartered Institute of Taxation. Post retirement, he served as Chairman of The Glasgow Academy, an independent school, and as a board member of The Scottish Council of Independent Schools and The Association of Governing Boards of Independent Schools. Gordon is currently a member of Court and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee at Glasgow Caledonian University, and Vice Chair of the ICAS Foundation, a charity helping disadvantaged young people pursue career ambitions in finance and accountancy.
Mike is the With Profits Actuary of Friends Life Group.Mike has worked in the life insurance industry for over 38 years. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1985. Mike is the With Profits Actuary for the Friends Life business of the Aviva Group.
Mike has been involved in most aspects of life insurance during his career, from sales management to financial reporting. At various times he has been board member, appointed actuary or investment director. He has also worked for a London stock broker and for an insurance industry regulator.
He served for 15 years on the council of the Institute of Actuaries (latterly the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries) including two years as Vice-President. He has been a member of various boards and committees of the profession, including its Professional Regulation Executive Committee from 2008 to 2013.
Mike graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1978, with an MA in Mathematics and in 2013 was awarded an MSc in Genealogy by the University of Strathclyde.
Pamela Ormerod has experience as a magistrate and in professional regulation. She studied physics at university, a subject she taught for many years before returning as a mature student to complete a PhD in forensic psychology. She is a Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Conduct and Competence Committee dealing with fitness to practice issues among registrants and also a contributor to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ Disciplinary and Admissions and Licensing Committee. She has been a Trustee of a national charity concerned with Prisoner Education and a member of Council of a leading girls’ public boarding school.
Sir Kenneth Parker
Sir Kenneth Parker is a retired High Court Judge, Queen's Bench Division. He was educated at Kettering Grammar School and Exeter College, Oxford (classical scholarship), where he obtained first class honours in Literae Humaniores and the BCL (Vinerian Scholar). In 1973 he became a Fellow of his College and University Lecturer in Law. He began practice at the bar in 1977 at Monckton Chambers, where he specialised in competition and regulatory law, increasingly with an EU dimension. Many of his cases involved complex issues of economics and accounting. He became a QC in 1992, and developed a broader practice involving public law, including many appearances on behalf of the UK in the ECJ in Luxembourg. In 2002 he became joint head of Monckton Chambers. In 1997 he became a Recorder and a Member of the Information Tribunal for national security appeals; and in 2006 a Law Commissioner (public law) and a deputy High Court Judge. In 2009 he was appointed to the High Court Bench and knighted. As a judge in the Administrative Court he frequently heard claims that raised important financial or regulatory issues. He retired from the High Court at the end of 2015. He is a Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn.
Colin Wilby has a varied background in manufacturing businesses, working for large companies such as Lucas Industries, Associated British Foods and Nestlé, in personnel, operations and general management roles. Most recently, Colin was Managing Director of a business unit within RHM plc. He now holds a portfolio of appointments, including non-executive roles in the NHS, Probation Services, Higher Education, Housing and with the RICS. Colin is a lay member of the Employment Tribunals, the Bar Tribunals and the Exceptional Hardship Scheme Panels for HS2 Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.