The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Legal Services Board (LSB) today announced the appointment of Dr Gary Kildare as a lay member of the LSB.
Lay members are not members of the legal services profession and provide an outside and independent perspective to enhance the LSB’s decision-making.
Gary is being appointed for a four-year term commencing 1 April 2021.
The Lord Chancellor made the appointment in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, in accordance with the Legal Services Act 2007.
Marina Gibbs will step down as a lay member of the Board on 31 March 2021.
The LSB’s Chair, Dr Helen Phillips said:
‘I am delighted to welcome Gary to the Board. He has a wealth of international senior-level experience and understands the importance of high standards and professionalism. This will be a tremendous asset as we launch a new strategy for legal services regulation and collaborate with others to address the challenges facing the profession.
‘On behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank Marina Gibbs for the significant contribution she has made to furthering the LSB’s ambitions to reshape legal services to better meet the needs of society. We wish her all the very best.’
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Marina Gibbs has been, since September 2007, Policy Director 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.
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.