22 September 2019

New Board members for the Bar Standards Board

25 November 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of three new lay Board members.

The new Board members are:

  • Alison Allden OBE;
  • Steven Haines; and
  • Zoe McLeod.

The Board is made up of 15 people: seven barristers, seven lay members and a lay Chair. The new appointments fill imminent vacancies, and help the regulator ensure that its Board maintains the range of skills, experience and perspectives that it needs to undertake its independent public interest regulation. Information about current Board members is available on the website.

Chair of the BSB, Sir Andrew Burns said: "These three new appointments will add fresh insight and experience to the existing Board. I look forward to forming a happy and productive working relationship with them in the coming years. I would also like to thank the outgoing members Malcolm Cohen, Tim Robinson and Andrew Sanders for the invaluable advice and support which they have offered to the Board during their years of service."

The incoming Board members were selected from a wide field of strong candidates by an independent panel, chaired by Mr Stephen Redmond.

Speaking about the appointments, Mr Redmond said: "The panel interviewed a variety of experienced and high-calibre candidates in a competitive and fair selection process. We are delighted that Alison, Steven and Zoe will be joining the Board."

Ms Allden OBE, Mr Haines and Ms McLeod will take up their appointments from 1 January 2017, with Dr Cohen, Mr Robinson and Prof Sanders finishing on 31 December 2016.


Notes to editors

Alison Allden OBE

Alison Allden OBE joined the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member on 1 January 2017. Alison has a professional background in higher education, culture, IT and archaeology. She retired from the post of Chief Executive at The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in 2015. Previous senior posts include Deputy Registrar and Director of IS as a member of Bristol University's senior executive team and Director of IT at Warwick University.

As a self-employed retiree, Alison maintains a portfolio of non-executive roles including being on the Boards of two universities and a school governor. In addition, Alison is an External Member on the Cambridge University Information Services Committee and a Trustee of the Gloucestershire County History Trust. In 2015, she became an associate consultant of SERO; an education consultancy. 

She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (MIFA) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (MCILIP).

Alison was awarded an OBE for Services to Higher Education in the 2016 New Year Honours.

Steven Haines

Steven Haines joined the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member on 1 January 2017. Steven is currently Managing Director for BT Group (Mobile) where he is responsible for transformation into a mobile business; a company he has worked for in various capacities since 1990. His previous posts include: Chief Operating Officer/Managing Director 2006-2014, Director of Strategy and Business 2001-2006, Director of Marketing and Product Development 1997-2001, and General Manager Sales and Services 1990-1997.

He is a seasoned senior executive with more than 15 years of board experience. Steven is an active mentor, particularly for Ethnic Minorities, a Career Councillor and a passionate member of the Gender Diversity Network.

Zoe McLeod

Zoe McLeod has been appointed in part for her expertise in consumer affairs. She is an experienced Board and Panel Member with more than 20 years' experience in consumer affairs, communications and regulation. As an established consumer champion, Zoe currently sits on Ofwat's Advisory Panel as a consumer expert. Her background includes management roles at the watchdog Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice, as well as a campaigner for Friends of the Earth and Amnesty International. In addition, Zoe was elected Local Councillor/Assistant Cabinet Member for Children and Youth Services - Richmond upon Thames Council between May 2006 and May 2010. She was Chief of Staff to Susan Kramer MP between 2005 and 2007.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and their professional practice 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

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