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Council members

The Right Honourable Lord Thomas
Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

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John Thomas is the president of the Sentencing Council. In his role he provides oversight to the Council and appoints judicial members. He became Lord Chief Justice on 1 October 2013.  

He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1969 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1984. He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1984 and a Recorder in 1987. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales in 1996 and was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and to the Commercial Court. From 1998-2001 he was one of the Presiding Judges of the Wales and Chester Circuit. He was Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court in London from April 2002 to July 2003, when he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal.  

He has been a member of the Judges’ Council since 2002. He was the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 2003 to 2006. From 2008 to October 2011 he was Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division. He was President of the Queen’s Bench Division from October 2011 to 2013. He has been Deputy Head of Criminal Justice since 2008 as well as judge in charge of European issues from 2007-2011. He was President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary from May 2008 to December 2010.

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The Right Honourable Lord Justice Treacy

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Treacy

Colman Treacy was appointed as Chairman of the Sentencing Council by the Lord Chief Justice, with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor, in November 2013.

He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1971. He practised from chambers in Birmingham and was head of chambers from 1994 to 2000. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990, a Recorder in 1991 and to the High Court Bench in 2002. He was Presiding Judge on the midland circuit from 2006 to 2009. As a High Court Judge he has sat in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, the Divisional Court, the Queen’s Bench Division, and the Administrative Court and is a Visitor to the Inns of Court. In July 2012 he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal.

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Michael Caplan QC

Michael Caplan QC

Michael Caplan QC is a solicitor practising in the areas of domestic and international, criminal and regulatory law and is one of the few solicitors to have been appointed QC.

As well as having been a partner at Kingsley Napley for 30 years, he has been a part-time judge (Recorder) in the Crown Court for many years and is authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge. Michael is also a chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal, is on the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee chaired by the Lord Chief Justice and is a former chairman of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates.  He has written and lectured on a number of topics.

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John Crawforth OBE

John Crawforth OBE

John Crawforth was the chief officer for Greater Manchester probation area from March 2005 to January 2011, becoming the first chief executive of the Greater Manchester Probation Trust in April 2009. Prior to this he was chief officer for the Lancashire Probation Area from 1994. John began his probation career in Greater Manchester in 1974 as a probation officer, working in Bury, and then as a probation manager in inner-city Manchester and Salford. He is a graduate of Leeds, Nottingham and Cambridge Universities with an M.Phil in criminology.

His special interests include sentencing and the courts, promoting safer communities and working to develop successful rehabilitation programmes for offenders in prison and on release. John was formerly chair of the Lancashire Criminal Justice Board and has played a key role there and in Greater Manchester in improving public confidence in the criminal justice system. John was awarded an OBE in June 2008 for public and voluntary service.

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The Honourable Mr Justice Davis

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William Davis was called to the bar by Inner Temple in 1975.  He practised in Birmingham between 1976 and 2008.  He was head of St Philips Chambers from 2004 to 2008.  He became a Recorder in 1995 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998.  He was appointed as a Senior Circuit Judge and Resident Judge at Birmingham Crown Court and the Honorary Recorder of Birmingham in 2009.  He was a member of the main board of the Judicial Studies Board from 2005 to 2007.  He has been Course Director for Regional/Circuit Criminal Seminars since 2007. In May 2014 he became a High Court Judge.

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The Honourable Mr Justice Globe

His Honour Judge Globe QC

Henry Globe was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1972. He practised on the northern circuit between 1972 and 2003 and was joint head of chambers of Exchange Chambers from 2000 to 2003. He has been standing counsel to the then Department for Social Security and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. He became a Recorder in 1991 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994. He was appointed as a Senior Circuit Judge for crime and became Resident Judge at Liverpool Combined Court and the Honorary Recorder of Liverpool in October 2003. He has been a member of the Judicial Studies Board Criminal Committee and has been course director for the Judicial Studies Board for murder and manslaughter cases and for serious fraud cases. He has been a judicial member of the Criminal Justice Council. In October 2011 he became a High Court Judge.

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His Honour Judge Julian Goose QC

His Honour Judge Julian Goose QC

Julian Goose was called to the Bar in 1984, practicing on the North Eastern Circuit. He became a Recorder in 1999 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. He was Head of Zenith Chambers, Leeds from 2004 until 2013 and was a member of 2, Hare Court, Temple. He was made a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2009 and was Vice Chair of the Advocacy Training Council from 2012 until 2014. He was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge in 2013 and is the Resident Judge and Honorary Recorder of Sheffield.

 

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The Right Honourable Lady Justice Hallett DBE

Lady Justice Hallett

Heather Hallett was called to the Bar in 1972. In 1989 she became a QC and was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court. She became a Bencher of Inner Temple in 1993, served as leader of the South Eastern Circuit between 1995 and 1997 and as Director of Public Affairs for the Bar Council.

She became a full-time judge of the Queens Bench Division in 1999 and became a Presiding Judge of the Western Circuit shortly thereafter. She was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 2005. She has served on the Judicial Appointments Commission and is currently Chairman of the Judicial College responsible for judicial training. 

In 2011 she was appointed Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division and in 2013 she was appointed Vice President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.

 

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Javed Khan

Javed Khan

Javed is the Chief Executive of Barnado's. He was previously the Chief Executive of Victim Support which he joined from the Government Office for London where he was the Executive Director to the London Serious Youth Violence Board. In this role he worked with key London agencies and government departments focussing on improving how agencies share information and work together to reduce serious youth violence in the capital. He has a wealth of experience of working with local government and community leaders built up in roles at Birmingham City Council and the London Borough of Harrow. Covering areas such as safer and stronger communities, schools, libraries, adult learning, youth services and community cohesion, he was responsible for multi-million pound budgets and workforces of over 3,000 people. Javed began his career as a mathematics teacher and has also been an assistant principal in the further education sector.

 

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Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC

Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC

Sarah Munro was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1984. She practised on the Western Circuit from chambers in Exeter, specialising from 1990 onwards in criminal work. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002 and was a Crown Court Recorder authorised to act as a judge in both the trial and sentencing of serious sexual offence cases. While practising as a barrister, she conducted the prosecution and defence of all types of criminal cases, including homicide, serious fraud, serious sexual offences, and drug offences including importations. She also conducted prosecutions for HM Revenue and Customs. In 2011 she was appointed a Circuit Judge based at Portsmouth Crown Court.

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Chief Constable Lynne Owens

Chief Constable Lynne Owens

Since February 2012, Lynne has been Chief Constable of Surrey Police, with overall accountability for performance, and responsibility for the Force's direction and leadership, stakeholder relations and political engagement.

In December 2010 she took up post as an Assistant Commissioner as part of the Metropolitan Police Service Management Board. She led on public order and event policing, including the delivery of the Royal Wedding in 2011, as well as other, predominantly uniformed Police Services. From August 2011 she was also responsible for the Specialist Crime Directorate.

She began her police career in the Metropolitan Police Service, posted to Catford in South East London.

She was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service in the New Years Honours (2008).

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Katharine Rainsford JP

Katharine Rainsford JP

Katharine Rainsford has been a Magistrate since 1987 and was chair of the bench from 2004 to 2007.  She currently sits on the West and Central Hertfordshire Bench.  Katharine was also a course director for the Judicial College on courses for new training and development committee chairmen, and bench chairmen.

By profession Katharine is an internationally published historical novelist, writing under the name of Katharine McMahon.  She has published eight books, including Season of Light, The Crimson Rooms and best-seller The Rose of Sebastopol which was shortlisted for the Best Read Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards. She is an advisory fellow with the Royal Literary Fund and teaches and mentors creative writers.

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Professor Julian Roberts

Professor Julian Roberts

Julian Roberts is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Worcester College. His research interests include sentencing, public opinion about crime and criminal justice, and victims and the criminal justice system. He holds a doctorate in experimental psychology and is currently the editor of the European Journal of Criminology. His books include Punishing Persistent Offenders; Public Opinion, Crime and Criminal Justice; and Hearing the Victim.

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Alison Saunders

Alison Saunders

Alison Saunders, a barrister, joined the CPS in 1986, the year of its formation.

Alison spent her early CPS career prosecuting in CPS London South. In 1991 she moved to the CPS Policy Directorate, rejoining CPS London in 1997 and being promoted to Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor in 1999. Later that year, Alison became Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Sussex and held the post until 2003, when she left to serve as Deputy Legal Advisor to the Attorney General. She re-joined the CPS two years later, to establish and head the Organised Crime Division (OCD), dealing exclusively with cases from the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre.

In December 2009, Alison was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, a post that she held until she became Director of Public Prosecutions on 1 November 2013. She is the first DPP to be appointed from within the CPS.

As DPP, Alison is responsible for prosecutions, legal issues and criminal justice policy.

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The Honourable Mr Justice Saunders

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Mr Justice Saunders was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1972, and was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1991. He was appointed as a Recorder in 1990, and became a Senior Circuit Judge and the Recorder of Birmingham in 2004. In 2007 he was appointed as a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. He was Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit from 2009 – 2012.

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District Judge Richard Williams

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Richard Williams was a police officer for ten years before graduating in law in 1991. He was called to the Bar in 1992 (Lincoln's Inn) and practised on the Western Circuit from chambers in Bristol. He was appointed to be a Deputy District Judge in 2000, based in Birmingham, and to be a District Judge in 2004 initially based in South Wales and since 2011 in Gwent. In addition to hearing general criminal cases, he is authorised to hear cases (including serious sex cases) in the youth courts. He is a judge of the Family Court and an Independent Prison Adjudicator. He was appointed to be a Crown Court Recorder in 2012 (Wales Circuit) and became a member of the Sentencing Council in April 2014.

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