Commissioners

 

The Chair - Richard Foster CBE

Richard Foster took over as Chair of the CCRC in November 2008. He was Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2001 to 2007 and is a trustee of the Refugee Council. He was Director, Welfare to Work Delivery, responsible for New Deals from 1998 to 2001 and is a former Director of the Employment Service in the Department for Education and Employment.

He was also First Secretary (Stockholm) with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1981 to 1984 and was Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of State, Department of Employment. Mr Foster was educated at Devonport High School for Boys and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is married with two children.

Penelope Barrett:

was called to the Bar in 1982 and until taking up her appointment with the Commission in 2004 she practised as a criminal defence barrister. Her range of work included dealing with murder, kidnap, large-scale drug importations, armed robbery, organised handling of high-value stolen goods and serious sexual offences. She maintained a special interest in defending young people and the mentally disordered accused of serious crime. She had considerable experience in Appellate work, often successfully taking appeals where trial counsel had advised against appeal. She has lectured on a number of aspects of criminal law, evidence and procedure.

Jim England:

is a barrister and the former Chief Crown Prosecutor of West Mercia where he also chaired the Criminal Justice Board and served as a member of the Crown Prosecution Service Board. Prior to this he worked for many years at CPS headquarters responsible for a range of cases including fraud, extradition, appellate, war crimes and serious organised crime. As well as his expertise in Criminal Law, Mr England brings to the Commission extensive experience of management in the criminal justice system. Mr England graduated from King’s College, London in 1980 and was called to the Bar in 1981. He joined the Commission in November 2006.

Liz Calderbank:

joined the then Greater Manchester Probation Service in 1984 and worked in both an operational and managerial capacity before leaving as Assistant Chief Probation Officer to join HM Inspectorate of Probation in 1998. As an inspector, she led leading the inspectionTowards Race Equality, examining institutional racism within the probation service. She subsequently was appointed as HM Assistant Chief Inspector and was responsible for setting up the first multi-inspectorate joint inspection programme examining the work of the youth offending teams. She has led the inspectorate in an interim capacity as Chief Inspector since August 2011. Whilst in the inspectorate, Liz has also undertaken several short placements in Jamaica, advising the Jamaican Government on the implementation of inspection arrangements, work with women who offend and the development of a youth justice strategy.

David James Smith:

is an award winning journalist and author. He has written extensively about crime and criminal justice issues, conducting detailed investigations into some of the most high profile cases of recent years.He has written five non-fiction books including The Sleep Of Reason - The James Bulger Case and Supper With The Crippens about the Edwardian murderer Hawley Harvey Crippen.  David's longform journalism for The Sunday Times Magazine won him Broadsheet Feature Writer Of The Year at the British Press Awards in 2011 and again in 2012.

Alexandra Marks:

qualified as a solicitor in 1983. After 27 years at Linklaters, she retired as a partner in June 2011. She sits as a Recorder (Crime and Civil) and as a High Court Deputy (QBD and Administrative Court).
In January 2012, Alexandra was appointed Solicitor Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission. She is Chair of the Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee, Legal Assessor to the Conduct Committees of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chair of Prisoners Education Trust and a trustee of JUSTICE, and of Working Families. She recently stepped down after 11 years as Chair of Amnesty International Charity Limited. Alexandra is past Master of the City of London Solicitors’ Company (2008-09) and past President of the City of London Law Society (2008-09).

She is married with two daughters and lives in central London.

Dr Sharon Persaud:

was a solicitor & partner at Bindman & Partners, practising exclusively in criminal defence. In 2010, she became a specialist appeals lawyer in the Criminal Appeal Office at the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division.) She was an independent peer reviewer for the Legal Services Commission and  has lectured on criminal law, evidence and procedure. She has a doctorate in law and sociology.

Andrew Rennison MS.c:

was appointed by the Home Secretary in February 2008 as the first Forensic Science Regulator. His principal role is to set and monitor the quality standards for forensic science in the criminal justice system. In December 2009 the role was extended when he was appointed to advise the government on the regulation of surveillance camera systems, leading to his appointment as the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in September 2012. Prior to moving into regulation he completed a 30 year career with the police. He holds a Master of Science degree in psychology, an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Bournemouth and was recently conferred the title of Visiting Professor at Northumbria University.

Julie Goulding:

is an experienced lawyer and was also an NHS Trust Chief Executive and clinical practitioner for many years. Julie trained at Hempsons, a firm specialising in health care matters, where she was involved in defending doctors, dentists and NHS Trusts in both civil and criminal cases. Ms Goulding joined the Commission in January 2007. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Forensic Science Advisory Council and since 2011 she has been a judge of the Social Entitlement Chamber (SSCS).

Ewen Smith:

was a partner at a nationally-respected firm of solicitors where he practised exclusively in criminal defence work for many years and was involved in many high-profile trials and appeals. He was Chairman of the Serious Fraud Association, Vice-Chairman of the Criminal Appeals Lawyers Association and has been involved in many applications to the Commission which have resulted in referrals to the appeal courts. He is a Member of the Crown Court Rules Committee and a Part-Time Immigration and Asylum Judge. Ewen brings to the Commission a wealth of experience in criminal defence and appeal work. He joined the Commission in November 2006.

Celia Hughes:

is a very experienced criminal defence solicitor who has worked in leading practices in London and Bristol specialising in complex cases and organised crime.  She has previously served as an independent peer reviewer for the Legal Services Commission. In the last four years she has had an exclusively appellate practice and has supervised her firm's Appeals Unit.

Ranjit Sondhi:

is currently a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission. He is also a member of the Bar Standards Board Equality and Diversity Committee.  He has served as a BBC Governor, as Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and as Chair of the Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust.  He has also sat on a number of other governing bodies including the National Gallery and the Tenant Services Authority. Ranjit Sondhi is a CBE.

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