The Lord Chancellor today announced the appointment by Her Majesty the Queen of 6 new Commissioners of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) following an open competition.
The new Commissioners are: Mathu Asokan, Emir Feisal, Fiona Monk, Jane Furniss, Andrew Kennon and Sir Simon Wessely.
The appointments are for a 3-year period commencing 1 September 2017 with the possibility of reappointment, subject to the provisions of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.
The JAC is an independent commission that selects candidates for judicial office in courts and tribunals in England and Wales, and for some tribunals with a UK-wide jurisdiction. The JAC selects candidates for judicial office on merit, through fair and open competition.
The JAC comprises a Chairman and 14 Commissioners.
JAC Chairman Professor Lord Kakkar said:
“The open competition for these posts attracted an extremely strong field of candidates. I am delighted that 6 talented individuals with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences will be joining the Commission Board. I look forward to working with them – and the 8 existing Commissioners – to help deliver the highest calibre judicial appointments.
“I would also like to thank our departing Commissioners: Katharine Rainsford, Andrew Ridgway, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff and Debra Van Gene, for their invaluable contribution to the work of the JAC.”
These appointments were made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code for Public Appointments.
The full announcement is on the GOV.UK website.
Mathu Asokan is a District Judge at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre and deals with Children and Court of Protection cases. Her roles have included Diversity and Community Relations Judge for the West Midlands area, Family and Children Tutor Judge for the Judicial College.
Emir Khan Feisal is a chartered accountant and a certified fraud examiner. He is Managing Director of 360 Change Consulting Ltd specialising in transformational change and has been a magistrate since 2005.
Jane Furniss is a non-executive director on the Board of the National Crime Agency, and Senior Independent Director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. She is a Trustee of the leadership college, Cumberland Lodge, and provides mentoring support and advice to chairs and senior executives.
Andrew Kennon worked for 39 years as a Clerk in the House of Commons, retiring in 2017 after 5 years as Clerk of Committees. He has advised on governance and constitutional law, and has written and lectured on parliamentary and constitutional issues throughout his career.
Fiona Monk has been the Regional Employment Judge for the West Midlands since 2011 and is currently on secondment as the Senior Resident Judge of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal. She is also a trained mediator judge and a Diversity and Community Relations Judge.
Sir Simon Wessely is Regius Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at King's College London. He is an honorary consultant psychiatrist at King's College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital and a civilian consultant adviser in psychiatry to the British Army.
Note to editors
Remuneration for lay Commissioners is non-pensionable fee of £338 a day. For serving salaried judges these posts are unpaid.
Time commitment is between 17 and 28 days a year.