About the Board

LSB Board members

RNC & ARAC members

The Legal Services Board has 10 members, including the Chief Executive:

Dr Helen Phillips (Chair)

Dr Helen Phillips is the Chair of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of the Mount Trust (independent boarding school) and Non-Executive Director of Social Work England.

Dr Helen Phillips has been appointed as the first independent Chair of the Board of the CII.

Previously Helen was Board Director of Yorkshire Water with responsibility for customer services and networks, and Chair of Loop Customer Management Ltd, a Kelda Group subsidiary.

Prior to that her career as a regulator was as founding Chief Executive and Board member of Natural England, and before that as Director, Wales of the Environment Agency.

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Dr Helen Phillips

Catherine Brown (Member-lay)

Catherine Brown is an experienced non-executive and chief executive who has worked in the private and public sectors.  Catherine has a wide interest in effective regulation – having previously been CEO of the Food Standards Agency and currently serving as a Board member of Natural Resources Wales, where she also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee, as a CIMA qualified accountant.  She is also Vice President of the British Science Association and a director of Airport Coordination Ltd, an independent slot coordination company with regulatory responsibilities.  Catherine has an interest in diversity and inclusion, serving on the Wellcome Trust advisory group on increasing diversity and inclusion in science, and having previously served as an Equal Opportunities Commissioner.  She is also a qualified coach with a board level practice and Chair of mySociety – a non-profit that pioneers the use of on line technologies in the cause of civic participation.

Jemima Coleman (Member, non-lay)

Jemima is an experienced employment lawyer who has advised on cross border transactions, equalities law and High Court and tribunal litigation. She is currently a Practice Development Lawyer in the Employment Team at Simmons & Simmons. Previously she was at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and was on their Corporate Governance Advisory Team. She has chaired various working parties of the Employment Lawyers Association’s Legislative and Policy Committee. She is on the Steering Committee of the 30% Club Professional Services Firms Initiative. In 2015 she spent a year on the Solicitors Regulation Authority‘s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee. She is a non-executive director of Creative Access, a community interest company.

Term of appointment

  • 18 April 2019 to 17 April 2023
  • 18 April 2016 to 17 April 2019
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Jemima Coleman

Stephen Gowland (member – non-lay)

Stephen Gowland was the 50th national President of Cilex (The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) and the first who also qualified as a solicitor. He served for ten years on the Cilex board. He commenced his career as an apprentice and qualified as a lawyer whilst working full time. He was the first Cilex apprentice to sit on the Cilex board and has championed apprenticeships throughout his career. He has worked in various law firms dealing with general civil litigation which included civil actions against the police and sexual abuse claims. He ran his own successful high street firm for twelve years before moving on to pursue other opportunities.Stephen now works in-house and sits as a police misconduct judge for seventeen police forces across England and Wales. He also works as an associate with the College of Policing assisting them with recruitment and promotion for UK police forces. He has an interest in regulation of various sectors and previously sat as a lay member on the regulatory panels of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). He sits as a lay member on the regulatory panel of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Term of appointment

1 August 2020 – 31 July 2024

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Stephen Gowland

Ian Hamer OBE (Member – lay)

Ian Hamer OBE was a non-executive director at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care between 2009 and 2017, at which he chaired the Scrutiny Committee, with oversight of nine regulators of health (all UK) and social care (England). From 2007 to 2009, he was a lay member of the General Optical Council and from 1993 to 2003 Chairman of the Air Transport Users Council, responsible for representing the interests of consumers of air transport. Ian was a Justice of the Peace between 1985 and 2016, where he was Chairman in the Family, Youth and Adult Courts, and Chair of the Bench Training & Development Committee. In terms of his executive career, Ian was Managing Director of a number of companies specialising in plastics including General Plastic Machinery Company Ltd (1990 to 2007), SSX Group plc (1985 to 1990) and Supreme Polymers Ltd (1980 to 1985).

Ian is also a Board member of the Family Mediation Standards Board, the body responsible for setting the standards for Family Mediation Council registered Mediators.

Term of appointment

1 October 2019 to 30 September 2023

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Ian Hamer

Dr Gary Kildare (Member – lay)

Dr Gary Kildare is the former Chief HR Officer Europe and Global Head of Labour Relations for the IBM Corporation.  He is also a Non-Executive Director to the Insolvency Service; a Non-Executive Director for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Chair of the People Committee;  and a board member of the British Quality Foundation. Gary is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a visiting professor in Business at Edinburgh Napier Business School.

His first term of appointment is 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2025

Dr Gary Kildare

Flora Page (member – non-lay)

Flora Page has been both a solicitor and a barrister. In 1996, she joined Clifford Chance and subsequently worked for the Law Commission and the University of Law. Flora than established her own firm, Old Bailey Solicitors. Having obtained, in 2002, higher rights of audience, she cross-qualified, in 2013, as a barrister, and joined 23 Essex Street Chambers. Her practice focused on financial crime, and she prosecuted and defended in equal amounts. She was a leading junior, a Grade 4 Prosecutor, and a facilitator for Advocacy and the Vulnerable training.In 2019, Flora moved to the Financial Conduct Authority, where she has worked in both enforcement and consumer redress policy development. She is also a part-time PhD student at University College London, researching corporate misconduct. She was a long-serving committee member of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates, and then a member of the Executive of the Criminal Bar Association. She was a member of the 23 Essex Street Equality and Diversity Committee, and is a Financial Conduct Authority Equality and Diversity Superuser.

Term of appointment

1 August 2020 – 31 July 2024

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Flora Page

Michael Smyth CBE QC (Hon) (Member, non-lay)

Michael has been a solicitor since 1982 with the majority of this time spent at Clifford Chance advising both business and private clients. He sits on the Board of the Fundraising Regulator and is Chair of its Complaints Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives and of the Professional Advisory Board of the Wesleyan Assurance Society. He is a Freeman of the City of London.

Term of appointment

  • 118 April 2016 to 17 April 2019
  • 18 April 2019 to 17 April 2022
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Michael Smyth

Catharine Seddon (Member – lay)

Catharine spent 20 years as a film maker. She started as a graduate trainee producer with the BBC and soon specialised in high-end film documentary, ultimately setting up her own production company which made films principally for C4. In 2002, she became a magistrate and eventually left television to take up other judicial roles and to become a member of the Human Tissue Authority and the independent appeals committee of the HFEA. Catharine is now the Senior Independent Director of the Gambling Commission, and sits on the Commission’s Audit and Risk Committee and its fourth National Lottery Committee. She is a member of the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator. She sits on tribunals in mental health and employment and as a lay assessor on high profile civil cases in the County courts. She is also a trustee for The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. As ARAC chair for the HTA, she oversaw the introduction of a comprehensive programme of assurance mapping.

Term of appointment

  • 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2023
  • 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2019
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Catharine Seddon

Matthew Hill, (Chief Executive)

Matthew joined the LSB in August 2019 as Chief Executive and executive Board member.

Matthew started his career in the Civil Service, working in a wide range of areas over a twenty year span. His brief has included food safety, animal health, alcohol, civil contingencies, broadcasting, gambling, creative industries and healthcare regulation. Before joining the LSB,  Matthew was Executive Director, Strategy at the General Dental Council. Before that, he was Director, Regulatory Risk & Analysis at the Gambling Commission.


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Matthew Hill


In line with good governance the Board has established two committees to help it fulfil its duties. These are:

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee is responsible for ensuring the maintenance of appropriate audit and risk processes within the organisation and the governance of the internal audit and external audit programmes.


LSB Audit and Risk Committee – Terms of Reference (pdf, 49kb)

Remuneration and Nomination Committee (RNC)

The Remuneration and Nomination Committee is responsible for the overall remuneration approach and policy relating to all members of staff at the LSB and helps with succession planning for the Board and its committees.


LSB Remuneration and Nomination Committee – Terms of Reference (pdf, 52kb)