Key Appointments in Regulation

Saxton Bampfylde and its global partners advise many leading organisations around the world. We are delighted to share with you a selection of some of the roles that we have been privileged to work on recently in the regulation space.


Gambling Commission – Commissioners

In April 2020, the Secretary of State appointed four new Commissioners to the Gambling Commission: Terry Babbs, Brian Bannister, Jo Hill and Sir Martin Narey.

Terry Babbs has experience in both the private and public sectors. Terry is the Senior Independent Director at the General Dental Council, Vice-Chair of the Investment Committee of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme and a Non-executive Director of HMRC’s Valuation Office Agency.

Brian Bannister is the Executive Director for Strategic Insight and Influence at The Law Society of England and Wales. Brian led global communications for KPMG and was also PwC’s UK Director of Communications for six years.

Jo Hill is Executive Director of Strategy and Risk at The Pensions Regulator. She was Director of Market Intelligence, Data and Analysis at the Financial Conduct Authority and also held a number of senior roles in the banking and insurance sectors. Jo is also a Trustee of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute.

Sir Martin Narey was Director-General of the Prison Service of England and Wales for seven years and also headed the Probation Service for three years. In 2005, Sir Martin became the CEO of Barnardo’s until 2011. He is also a Government advisor on children’s social care and is the Chair of the My Foster Family charity.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – Council Members

Four new Council Members will join the NMC in October 2020.  Dr Lynne Wigens and Eileen McEneaney will join as Registrant Members, with Eileen being the Member for Northern Ireland. Anna Walker and Sue Whelan-Tracy will join as lay members in October 2020.

Dr Lynne Wigen’s career has spanned over 40 years in the health service within clinical care, management and education, including Director of Nursing roles within Acute, Community and Commissioning organisations. She is Visiting Professor of Nursing at the University of Suffolk.

Eileen McEneaney is a Registered Nurse, and currently Executive Director of Nursing and User Experience in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. In the last 20 years she has held senior operational roles in Northern Ireland across a range of services and settings

As an experienced Non-Executive Director and former Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission, Anna Walker brings experience of leadership and delivery across a range of different essential sectors including healthcare, rail, water, energy and telecommunications.

Sue Whelan-Tracy brings leadership and digital transformation experience as well as a consumer and customer focus from both the public and commercial sectors. Following a successful banking career, Sue served as a Commissioner at the, then, Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The Property Ombudsman – CEO and Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has appointed Rebecca Marsh as its new CEO and Ombudsman. Rebecca has held the role of Chief Ombudsman since 2017 for the Legal Ombudsman, incorporating CEO functions since April 2019. She has an extensive career in complaint handling and ombudsman services. Prior to joining the

Legal Ombudsman, Rebecca was Deputy Ombudsman and Executive Director of Operations and Investigations at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO). Her career also includes 10 years as a Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

International Institute of Communications – Director General

Lynn Robinson joined the IIC in March 2020 as its new Director General. Lynn is an experienced Senior Director and Trustee and Non-executive Director, having held key senior leadership positions in the built environment, technology, regulation, accreditation and dental industries. She has extensive experience of professional membership bodies working within the full spectrum including, Regulatory bodies, Industry bodies and Chambers of Commerce and is a well known and established ambassador in these areas having led on many strategic programmes to aid engagement, growth, retention, change management, stakeholder and political engagement.

States of Jersey – Comptroller and Auditor General

The States Assembly has appointed Lynn Pamment as Comptroller and Auditor General for a seven-year fixed term. Lynn joins from PwC where she was a senior partner bringing extensive experience of audit in the public and private sectors.

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development – Chief Accountability Officer

The EBRD has appointed Victoria Márquez-Mees as its first Chief Accountability Officer, responsible for leading the Bank’s new Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM). Prior to joining the EBRD, Victoria led the Inter-American Development Bank’s independent accountability mechanism for over 10 years and chaired the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network of international financial institutions.

General Pharmaceutical Council – Council Members

The General Pharmaceutical Council has appointed three new Council members: Selina Ullah, Rose Marie Parr and Yousaf Ahmad.

Selina Ullah has over 25 years’ non-executive board experience. Selina is deputy chair and senior independent director of a large NHS hospital trust, board member of Locala Community Partnerships CIC, Non-executive Director of Accent Group and Chair of various charities.

Rose Marie Parr has been the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland since 2015 and will be retiring from that role in July 2020. Rose Marie was previously Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) and chair of the GPhC’s Board of Assessors, which oversees the registration assessment.

Yousaf Ahmad is currently Chief Pharmacist of Care UK Healthcare group that covers primary, secondary, health in justice and residential care. Yousaf has extensive experience within secondary care, having worked primarily in large acute health boards in Scotland and in the Middle East.

Airport Coordination – Chair

The Board of the world’s leading airport coordinator, Airport Coordination Limited, announced Lesley Cowley OBE as its new Chair succeeding Jeff Halliwell, whose term of office came to an end in March 2020. Lesley brings to ACL her wide experience as a non-executive director including chairing the boards of the DVLA, The National Archives and Companies House. In October 2019, she was named as Non-Executive Director of the year in the Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards.

UK Civil Aviation Authority – Director of of Safety and Airspace Regulation

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed the appointment of Rob Bishton as its new Group Director of Safety and Airspace Regulation. Rob has been at the CAA since 2014 as Head of Flight Operations and a member of the Safety and Airspace Regulation’s senior leadership team. He has extensive experience in the aviation industry, including as former Operations Director at Fastjet and as a commercial pilot with over 10,000 flying hours. Rob also brings significant board experience and is currently a non-executive director of the UK Flight Safety Committee.

MOSL – Non-Executive Directors

The water regulator MOSL has welcomed Helyn Mensah and Pamela Taylor as its Non-executive Directors.

Helyn is an intellectual property barrister specialising in a broad range of matters, including EU and UK trade marks, passing off, designs, copyright, breach of confidence and contract cases. The majority of her eighteen years in practice has been spent in chambers at the independent Bar of England & Wales and she has also spent periods as external evidence counsel for the Serious Fraud Office and as a senior IP litigation lawyer at the international law firm, Pinsent Masons LLP. Helyn is currently the Head of IP at 33 Bedford Row chambers.

Pamela Taylor is founder and CEO of Taylor Macpherson, a coaching and leadership training business, working with leaders, teams and organisations in regulated sectors to innovate and embrace change. Pamela is a qualified executive coach, accredited by the International Coaching Federation. She has over 17 years of experience in the energy sector and is formerly a Director at Ofgem and FTI Consulting. Her other NED roles include: Chair of the Energy Switch Guarantee Board, Chair of the Green Gas Certification Scheme Compliance Committee and Member of WPD’s Consumer Engagement Panel.

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