Legal Services Board announces two new Board members

Photo of Stephen Gowland and Flora PageThe Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Legal Services Board (LSB) today announced the appointment of Stephen Gowland and Flora Page as non-lay members of the LSB.

Stephen Gowland and Flora Page are being appointed for four-year terms commencing from 1 August 2020.

The appointments were made by the Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, in accordance with the Legal Services Act 2007.

David Eveleigh will step down as a non-lay member of the Board on 31 July 2020 at the end of his second term of office.  David has been a Board member for six years.

The LSB’s Chair Dr Helen Phillips said:

“I am delighted to welcome Stephen and Flora to the Board.  They have a real breadth of legal experience which will be essential as we continue to develop our new strategy for legal services regulation over the coming months.

“I’d like to also formally thank on behalf of the Board David Eveleigh who has contributed significant time and energy to furthering our ambitions to reshape legal services to better meet the needs of society. As a Board, we wish David all the very best with his future endeavours”

The MoJ and the LSB have also announced the extension to Marina Gibbs’ tenure as a lay member of the LSB until 31 March 2021 while a recruitment campaign is undertaken to identify a new lay member.

Notes to editors

  1. Marina Gibbs has been, since September 2007, Director of Competition Policy at Ofcom where she leads their policy work in relation to the postal sector as well as focusing on competition matters in the telecommunications market.Prior to joining Ofcom,Marina worked as a strategy consultant, latterly as Telecoms Partner at Spectrum Value Partners where she advised international clients in relation to corporate and commercial strategy development and regulatory and public policy matters.Marina also provided commercial due diligence support to financial and trade investors in the telecoms and media sectors.
  2. 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 sits as a lay member on the regulatory panels of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He will be resigning his position with the ICAEW in order to take up his role with the LSB.
  3. 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.
  4. The Board member roles carry a non-pensionable remuneration of £15,000 per annum for at least 30 days’ work.
  5. The appointments were made in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.
  6. Details of other members of the Legal Services Board and their biographies can be found on the LSB’s website.

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