ACE EXECUTIVE BOARD
ACE Executive Board Members are elected each year at the ACE AGM which is held during the Annual Conference.
THE CURRENT ACE EXECUTIVE BOARD IS:
Rebecca Hilsenrath, ACE Chair
Chief Executive, Equality and Human Rights Commission
Rebecca was elected Chair of ACE in December 2018. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer to the Equality and Human Rights Commission in October 2015, before which she held the role of Chief Legal Officer. After graduating from Cambridge, Rebecca trained and practiced law at Linklaters before leaving to have a family. After a career break, she worked in the Government Legal Service, where she held a number of roles in the then Department for Education and Skills and in the Attorney General’s Office. She was then appointed CEO of LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group), a national charity facilitating free legal advice to community groups and individuals in need, where she worked for five years before moving to the EHRC in 2014. She is currently a non-executive director of the Office for Legal Complaints, which is the board of the Legal Ombudsman.
Rebecca has also established two schools, set up the National Pro Bono Centre in Chancery Lane and has sat on the boards of a number of charities and advice agencies, including the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Mary Ward Legal Centre. In 2012, she was listed by the Times among the 100 most influential lawyers in the country and in 2017 received an honorary doctorate from BPP University in recognition of contributions to the legal profession. She has four sons and a foster daughter and her hobbies include renovating a listed cottage in Snowdonia and writing e-novels.
Michael Cameron, Elected Board Member
Chief Executive, Scottish Housing Regulator
Michael is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Housing Regulator. His career has centred on the provision of social housing, public health and welfare services, with the last sixteen years in the inspection and regulation service of the Scottish Housing Regulator and its predecessor organisations. Michael was educated at the University of Glasgow.
Martin Jones, Elected Board Member
Chief Executive, The Parole Board
Martin has been Chief Executive of the Parole Board since October 2015. Martin has spent the majority of the past 25-years working in the justice system in a range of delivery or policy roles.
Career highlights include: overseeing the Parliamentary passage of the Courts Act 2003 that led to the creation of HM Courts Service; a range of senior roles for HM Courts Service (overseeing various improvement programmes such as drug and domestic violence courts; the CJSSS Programme to improve the speed and efficiency of the magistrates’ courts and the HMCS response to the 2011 “riots”); and as Head of Sentencing Policy overseeing the Government’s position on whole life tariffs; and working to develop/implement four Acts of Parliament between 2012 and 2015 – including legislation to allow court broadcasting; the abolition of the IPP sentence and implementing its replacement; reform of community penalties; and legislation to end the automatic early release of the most serious child sex offenders and terrorist offenders.
Peter J Lawrence OBE, Elected Board Member
Chief Executive, Civil Service Commission
Since November 2016 Peter has been Chief Executive of the Civil Service Commission, the regulator of appointments to the civil service and appeals body for the Civil Service Code . In his role Peter also has responsibility and accountability for the provision of secretariat services to two other independent bodies, the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) and the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA).
He is a career civil servant who has undertaken a wide variety of roles including: front line delivery of the welfare system; business management of senior training at the Civil Service College; private secretary; deputy finance director; leading delivery of cross government transparency & open data policy; undertaking strategic reviews; through to his current role, as Chief Executive.
Sarah Richards, Elected Board Member
Chief Executive, Planning Inspectorate
Sarah Richards has had a varied career but always working in or alongside the public sector. Before starting her role as Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate in March 2016, Sarah was a Strategic Director, at Slough Borough Council leading finance, regeneration and housing.
Sarah began her career as a planner and worked in a number of roles in local government and the NHS. Sarah left local government to move to the private sector where she set up and led Zurich Municipal Management Services, a consultancy providing risk based services to the public sector.
Moving back to the public sector Sarah set up and led the Planning Advisory Service and then moved to the Local Government Association as a national adviser on housing and economic growth. Before her role at Slough she worked at Essex County Council as Director for Environment and Enterprise.
Dame Glenys Stacey, Elected Board Member
HM Chief Inspector of Probation
Glenys is an experienced regulator and chief executive. A solicitor by profession, she has twenty years’ CEO experience, having led the start up or turnaround of a number of organisations responsible for legal and/or regulatory services. Glenys was the founding CEO of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the first CEO of the government agency responsible for implementing animal health regulation and responding to animal disease emergencies, and the first CEO and Chief Regulator of Ofqual, the exams regulator. Glenys finished her term of office as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation in May 2019.
She is now a founding board member of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, responsible for advising government on the governance and ethical development of Artificial Intelligence and the use of large data sets. She is also a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Challenge Panel, overseeing complex changes to the probation delivery model. She holds an MBA, and an MA in Educational Assessment.
Graham Turnock, Elected Board Member
Chief Executive, UK Space Agency
Graham has been Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive, a unit within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, since 2011. He has a BA and a PhD in Particle Physics from Cambridge University for theoretical work on collision experiments at CERN. He also holds a diploma in public administration from the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
Graham has extensive experience across Whitehall and at a European level – a key priority for the Agency’s head. He has worked in the European Commission and held several other posts in the UK Civil Service with a strong European element, including the Treasury’s lead on the EU budget.
Recently he has been the BEIS representative on the Met Office board while outside of work he is a trustee of the Youth Hostels Association and a keen cyclist.
Nicola Williams, Elected Board Member
Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces
Nicola Williams took up the post of Service Complaints Commissioner to the Armed Forces in January 2015 and the post subsequently transitioned to that of Service Complaints Ombudsman on 1 January 2016. Nicola previously held the post of the Complaints Commissioner for the Cayman Islands from 2009 to 2015.
Since 2009, Nicola has been a Crown Court Recorder sitting on the London and South Eastern Circuit. Between 2004 and 2009, she was a Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Prior to this, she was a board member at the Police Complaints Authority from 2001 to 2004.
Between 1985 and 2001, Nicola was a barrister in private practice, practicing in a number of fields before the High Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal, specialising in criminal law. Nicola is a founder member of the Independent Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police Service, (following recommendations arising from the Stephen Lawrence report in 1999). In addition to being actively engaged as a mentor for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, Nicola is a published author.
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