20 August 2019

New Chair of the Bar Standards Board announced

22 July 2014

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that Sir Andrew Burns KCMG has been appointed as the new Chair of the BSB with effect from 1 January 2015. He will succeed Baroness Ruth Deech QC (Hon) whose maximum possible six year term of office as Chair will finish at the end of 2014. He is due to serve for an initial term of three years.

Sir Andrew brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from his career in the diplomatic service, and education, finance, and cultural sectors.

Current Chair of the BSB, Baroness Ruth Deech QC (Hon), commenting on her time in the role and the appointment of her successor, said: "These past six years as Chair of the BSB have been exciting, challenging, and rewarding. There has never been a dull moment throughout my tenure, and I shall look back on this period with great pride. I look forward to working with Sir Andrew - whose career I hold in the highest regard - over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition."

Sir Andrew Burns KCMG said: "I am very excited at the prospect of leading the BSB through the next stage of its journey to becoming a more modern and efficient regulator. I am committed to working with the Bar to help it modernise and flourish in the face of change, while maintaining quality standards and safeguarding the client."

"I look forward to leading a highly talented and dedicated board and a skilled and hard-working staff who are committed to promoting high standards of practice and protecting the public."

The incoming Chair was selected following a rigorous recruitment process undertaken by an independent appointments panel, chaired by Dr Kenneth Fleming.

Speaking about the appointment Dr Fleming said: "The Independent Appointments Panel interviewed a rich range of accomplished and capable candidates in a tight and open process. We are very pleased that Sir Andrew has accepted our offer of the role."


Notes to editors

About Sir Andrew Burns, KCMG
Sir Andrew Burns will join the BSB in 2015, following a long career in the Diplomatic Service. He is currently the UK Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues and Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. His past roles include British High Commissioner to Canada (2000-2003), British Consul-General in Hong Kong and Macau (1997-2000) and British Ambassador to Israel (1992-1995). He was the final International Governor of the BBC; Chairman of Royal Holloway, University of London (2004-2011); and Chair of the Committee of University Chairs (2008-2011). He chairs Hestercombe Gardens Trust and the International Polar Foundation-UK and is a Governor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

About Dr Kenneth Fleming and the Independent Appointments Panel
The BSB delegates the recruitment process for the Chair and members of the Board to an independent appointments panel. This is currently chaired by Dr Kenneth Fleming. Dr Fleming is the Director of International Affairs for the Royal College of Pathologists and has chaired the Independent Appointments Panel since 2010.

For more information about the Independent Appointments Panel see the Constitution of the BSB (page 9): http://bit.ly/W7ifWx

About the Bar Standards Board
Our mission is to regulate the Bar so as to promote high standards of practice and safeguard clients and the public interest.

For profiles of current Board members, visit: http://bit.ly/1oWuCyE

For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t

Contact: For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email Press@barstandardsboard.org.uk.