The agreed process provides for an independent Selection Panel, comprising two retired senior judges, senior barristers, senior solicitors and lay (not legally qualified) members. The Panel is chaired by a lay member. The members of the Selection Panel who will oversee the 2023 competition are below.

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Monisha is a media professional with expertise in commercial broadcast and digital media. She has significant experience of serving on a wide range of arts, media, education and regulatory boards.  In addition to chairing the Kings Counsel Appointments Panel, she also chairs Wikimedia UK, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UKRI) and Caterham School and is a Trustee of the Art Fund. She will commence her first term as Board Director and Council member for the Advertising Standards Authority from April 2024.

In previous roles, she was an independent member on the Ofcom Content Board till 2023 and a founding board member of the Office for Students, the regulator and competition authority for Higher Education in England. Her first public role was as Trustee of Tate, appointed by Prime Minister in 2007. She has since served as a Trustee of the National Gallery, Foundling Museum and Donmar Warehouse. As a senior executive, she worked as Director of Sales for Europe, Africa, India and the Middle East for BBC Worldwide (now BBC Studios) from 2000 – 2010.

Monisha was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. In December 2015, Monisha was invited by the Prime Minister to join the Committee on Standards in Public Life. In 2022, she was appointed to the board of the Royal Collection Trust by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Monisha has a post-graduate degree from SOAS and an executive MBA from the London Business School.

Douglas Board is an executive coach and an expert on leadership and selection, in which he completed his doctorate. Previously he was a Treasury civil servant and then deputy chairman of the executive search firm Saxton Bampfylde. He has led many pioneering leadership appointments relating to merit, diversity and the law, including on the foundation of the Judicial Appointments Commission and its audit-based predecessor. He was a trustee and then treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and chair of the British Refugee Council. He is the author of two applied research books on leadership, two novels and in 2021 a book about elites and glass ceilings. He is a visiting professor at the University of Chichester and co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass).

Matthew Chapman KC was called to the Bar in 1994 and took silk in 2017. He is a Barrister in full-time practice at Deka Chambers in London. Matthew is a personal injury practitioner with particular interests in cross-border disputes/travel matters and employers’ liability actions. He acts for Claimants and Defendants (insurers, travel companies, air/sea carriers and public authorities). He was formerly a fee-paid Employment Judge and now sits as a Recorder (Crime) on the south-eastern circuit. He has, for many years, has been a co-author of Munkman on Employers’ Liability and Saggerson on Travel Law and Litigation.

Paul Grant has been a Director of an Independent Fostering Agency since 2012. He has previously worked as an Independent workplace investigator, investigating matters relating to staff grievances and disciplinary issues.

He has been a non-executive director since 2007, acting in this role for a Probation Trust, two housing associations, a regeneration company, and a social enterprise health provider. He was a non-executive director of Cafcass (Children and Families Court Advisory Support Service) between 2015 – 2023. Paul sits as a Lay Chair/Lay Panel member on Professional Conduct panels for a number of professional regulatory bodies including: Farriers Registration Council;  General Osteopathic Council; Bar Standards Board; Social Work England; Nursing & Midwifery Council; British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy; the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology; Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy; and the Taxation Disciplinary Board. Paul also sits on the Test of Competence Assurance Advisory group for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He has a Masters degree in Training & Human Resource Management.

Sir Paul Morgan was a High Court Judge, assigned to the Chancery Division, from 2007 to 2021. He is now an arbitrator and mediator practising from Wilberforce Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London.

Sara Nathan is a broadcast journalist by background, first at the BBC and then as Editor of Channel 4 News – the first woman to edit a network news programme in the UK. Since 1998 she has combined roles in journalism, regulation and public policy. She has held a range of positions relating to appointments including as a Judicial Appointments Commissioner and as a Public Appointments Assessor at the Cabinet Office. She currently chairs fitness to practice tribunals for Social Work England.

In 2015 she co-founded Refugees at Home to match generous hosts with asylum-seekers and refugees in need. It has now made more than 5,000 placements and hosted for more than 500,000 individual person nights.

Dame Anne Rafferty retired from the Court of Appeal in July 2020. As a silk at the criminal Bar she was from 1989-1997 Secretary, Vice Chairman, then Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association. She was the only barrister member of the Runciman Commission on criminal justice. She was de facto Chairman of the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission and Chairman of the Judicial College.  She is Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.

Mena Ruparel qualified as a solicitor in 1998, she is the immediate past Chair of the Law Society family committee having previously been Chief Assessor of the Law Society family law accreditations. She is interested in legal education and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England and more recently at the University of Law. Mena has authored a number of legal publications for the Law Society, Bath Publishing and CILEX law school. She was the Chief Examiner of the CILEX Family Law level 6 examination for a number of years.

Mena is a well-known speaker and commentator on the subjects of both family law and legal ethics. In 2021 she won the Law Society award for Excellence in Promoting High Ethical Standards with the co-author of her book on ethics for solicitors.

Mena volunteers regularly, this includes delivering food parcels for those in need for a local charity and recording the local news for distribution to visually impaired residents.

The Panel Members have declared interests which may be material to selecting and recommending appointment of potential Silks. These are set out in the Register of Panel Members’ Interests. A link to the Register is below.

Register of Panel Members Interests 2024