23 September 2019

BSB appoints new pool of advisory experts

25 November 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the first appointments to its new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

APEX is a group of external and independent experts who may be called upon to provide specialist advice in areas of the regulator's work where an in-depth or more independent view is needed.

Initially, experts have been appointed in the following areas:

  • Competition and Economics;
  • Equality and Diversity;
  • Higher Education;
  • Insurance;
  • Regulatory Policy and Theory; and
  • Regulatory Risk.

APEX is being established as part of the BSB's ongoing governance restructure which has seen a reduction in both the number of committees and the number of members sitting on them.

The new approach requires more executive-led policy development and decision making, which APEX is designed to assist. The Board will continue to have ultimate oversight within the BSB's new governance structure.

Chair of the BSB, Sir Andrew Burns said: "These new appointments are going to provide the specialist expertise and independent advice that the BSB needs. I am impressed with the high calibre of candidates who have accepted our offers of appointment to APEX. I look forward to our teams being able to draw on their knowledge and expertise in their respective fields."

The new appointments are effective from 1 January 2017.

More about APEX can be found here.


Notes to editors

Competition and Economics
James Harvey (jointly with Sam Williams)

James Harvey is a Director and co-founder of Economic Insight Limited, a specialist economics consultancy firm.  He is a competition economist and has led the economic analysis on numerous European Commission and UK competition cases over the past fifteen years.  James also provides extensive board-level advice to regulators and companies on the competition and regulatory issues associated with liberalising markets, as well as being engaged as an expert economist in commercial disputes.  Recently, James has been working with the University of Oxford to develop behavioural and experimental techniques to help understand how consumers react to different types of information and prompts.

James was previously a member of the competition practice at Frontier Economics.  James has a BSc in Economics from Cardiff University and an MSc in Economics (with distinction) from the University of York.  He has published articles in various journals, including the European Competition Law Review, which he edits.

Competition and Economics
Sam Williams (jointly with James Harvey)

Sam Williams is a Director of Economic Insight, a specialist economics consultancy firm, which he co-founded in 2011.  He is a professional economist who advises extensively in relation to economic regulation, competition law and business strategy.

Prior to founding Economic Insight, Sam headed up the economics team at Royal Mail Group and before that, was a consultant at Frontier Economics.  Sam frequently advises firms on key strategic issues at a senior level, working with Boards and Chief Executives.  Over his career his clients have included HM Treasury, Tesco, Thames Water, HSBC, and Three Mobile.

Sam read Economics and Politics at Warwick before completing an MSc in Economics for Development at Pembroke College, Oxford.  He is on the Development Committee of Child Bereavement UK, a charity offering bereavement support to children and parents.

Competition and Economics
Dr Paolo Siciliani

Paolo is a competition expert at the Bank of England (Prudential Regulation Authority). Prior to joining the Bank, he was Chief Economist at the BBC Trust for three years, after spending three years at the Office of Fair Trading as an economic adviser. Beforehand, he worked at Vodafone Group as a regulatory economist and in economic consultancies.

Paolo has published articles in the Journal of Banking Regulation, World Competition, Journal of Competition Law & Economics, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, European Law Review, the Antitrust Bulletin and Telecommunications Policy.

He graduated from Bocconi University in business administration, holds a post-graduate masters in international economics and finance from Universita`Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and completed a PhD in law and economics at University College London, where he is Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws. His research is currently focused on the nexus between competition, prudential regulation and financial stability.

Equality and Diversity
Dr Leander Neckles

Leander is an equalities professional with an extensive track record, dating back over thirty years, of working on anti-discrimination, equality, human rights, civil rights and immigration legislation and engaging in associated debates and discourses.

Leander has extensive experience of assisting organisations to understand and utilise equalities, human rights and civil rights legislation. She has worked extensively with public, voluntary and community sector organisations undertaking and developing research, consultancy and training programmes around equality, human rights and civil rights legislation and supporting organisations to address a wide range of governance and management issues.

Leander's experience is informed by her PhD which examined the effectiveness of the race and disability public sector equality duties as positive legal duties and legal accountability tools.

In October 2016, following many years as a freelance management consultant, Leander joined NHS England's Equality and Health Inequalities Unit as a senior manager working on advancing equality and reducing health inequalities.

Higher Education
Dr Janet Stockdale MBE

After studying psychology at University College London, Jan joined London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she combined her academic career with various School-wide positions including Dean of Recruitment, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Chair of the School Board of Examiners and Dean of the University of London (UoL) International Programmes at LSE. Her current roles include: Senior Lecturer (Careers/Alumni) in LSE's Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science; chair of the Assessment Offences Committee and member of the Academic Committee of the UoL International Academy; and, reviewer of transnational educational provision for the Academy.

Jan's extensive research activity has focused on contemporary social problems and policy issues.  For over 20 years, she has been involved in research relating to policing, crime reduction and community safety, for the Home Office, other government departments and the police service.

In 2014, Jan was awarded an MBE for 'services to higher education'.

Andrew Fryer

Andrew has 30 years' experience in Broking and Underwriting Professional Indemnity and Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance, at national and international level, for the professions and their professional associations and for public companies.  He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII).

Andrew has advised several Government departments and organisations, public companies and law societies on Professional Indemnity issues. He is a Director and Leadership Partner, FINEX Global, a Division of Willis Towers Watson.

Publications include: A contributing author of the CII Advanced Study Group publication on Professional Indemnity insurance; editor of "A Worldwide Guide to Directors' & Officers' Liability"; author of "An Architect's Guide to Professional Indemnity Insurance; and a contributing author of "Post Construction Liability and Insurance".

Regulatory Policy and Theory
Fran Gillon

Fran has extensive experience of regulatory policy development and implementation in a number of different sectors. In her most recent role - Special Adviser in the Competition Group at Slaughter and May - she worked on a wide range of competition and regulatory matters in different industries including water, aviation, energy, post, telecoms and transport.

At the Legal Services Board (LSB), her key areas of responsibility included the introduction of alternative business structures and development of the regulator performance framework. Prior to the LSB, Fran was a Director at the postal regulator, Postcomm, where she worked on a strategic review of the universal service, led investigations into licence breaches and reformed the licensing process.

Fran previously held senior posts at Ofgem which included responsibility for licensing, the approach to supplier failure and leading the team of economists and analysts monitoring the development of competition in the retail market.

Regulatory Risk
Paul Dyer

Paul is a risk management expert who has extensive experience working with clients in the public and private sectors to develop risk processes and capabilities, undertake cultural change and improve compliance, governance and assurance arrangements.

Paul is passionate about delivering enhanced value through quality risk management and regulatory practice and is the Managing Director of Influence Inc, a risk, regulation and innovation based management consultancy. Influence Inc was shortlisted as Risk Consultancy of the Year 2014 and 2015 by the Institute of Risk Management.

Paul is also the Chief Executive of the Association of Professional Compliance Consultants, the UK body for compliance consultants who advise firms regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA).

Paul has two bachelor degrees from Portsmouth and Bordeaux and is currently completing a Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership at Cass in London.

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