Sam Younger


Sam is Senior Independent Director of the Advertising Standards Authority and Chair of Voluntary Service Overseas. He had a 20-year career in the BBC, where he was Managing Director of the BBC World Service. He was subsequently Director General of the British Red Cross, inaugural Chair of the Electoral Commission and Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. He was appointed CBE in 2008. Lead responsibility for strategy and finance.

Andrew Donovan

Board member

Andrew is a Chartered Legal Executive member of the board. He previously practised civil litigation in private practice before moving into professional regulation in 2007. Andrew brings over 7 years’ experience working in policy development, legal compliance and enforcement for a large legal services regulator. He has significant expertise in the Legal Services Act 2007, professional conduct, public law, information compliance and online learning. Andrew also sits as a fee-paid Judge and is a lay panellist of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. Andrew currently works for the Compliance Office, providing training and consultancy to SRA regulated lawyers and law firms. Joint Lead for Enforcement, Consumer and Stakeholder Engagement, promotion of Equality and Diversity, and Governance.

Nick Hanning

Board member

Nick is a Chartered Legal Executive member of the Board. He served as CILEx President between 2012 and 2013 and was a Council Member for 10 years. For nearly 30 years Nick has practised in personal injury and employment law specialising in work-related psychiatric injury claims. He currently works as an independent consultant. Nick is a regular lecturer in areas of law affecting Occupational Health, serves on the Civil Justice Council Working Party on Access to Justice for Those Without Means and on the Civil Justice Council. He is a member of the Litigant in Person Judicial Engagement and chairs the South West Legal Support Trust and is a Trustee of Advocate.

Alice Belcher

Board member

Alice is a multi-disciplinary academic holding a personal chair in Law at the University of Dundee. Alice originally qualified as a chartered accountant. She then took a degree in law and Economics at Keele, followed by an MPhil in economics at Cambridge and a PhD in accounting at Manchester. From 2006 to 2014 Alice was a non-executive director of NHS Education for Scotland. She is currently non-executive director of an apprentice-training social enterprise based in her home city of Stoke-on-Trent. Alice writes about corporate governance issues and is author of Directors’ Decisions and the Law: Promoting Success. Alice has also researched sex discrimination issues and has written a company law judgment and accompanying reflection for the Scottish Feminist Judgement’s Project.

Jonathan Rees

Board member

Jonathan is an experienced Non-Executive Director focusing on public policy, regulatory issues and promoting the consumer interest. He is currently Independent Chair of the National Association of Funeral Directors, a Director of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (resolving student complaints), Chair of the Royal institute of British Architects Standards Committee, and Trustee/Director of the Employers Network on Equality and Inclusion. Previous Non-Executive Director roles include terms as a Trustee of Citizens Advice and as a Director of Ombudsman Services. Prior to this he worked in the Civil Service for 35 years with a strong focus on strategy, regulation, change management and partnership working. His last role was as Director-General of the Government Equalities Office for five years, and previous posts included three years in the No. 10 Policy Unit advising successive Prime Ministers on strategy, seven years in Brussels dealing with European negotiations and spells in the Home Office, Cabinet Office, BEIS (dealing with consumer and competition policy) and the Health and Safety Executive.