Dr Phebe Mann, Upper Tribunal Specialist Member (Transport Jurisdiction), Administrative Appeals Chamber


“My background is in the transport industry, I am a Chartered Civil Engineer (Transport), a Chartered Surveyor, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator. I graduated from Cambridge University in Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment. I am also a Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers London and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 2020.

I have academic experience as a Senior Lecturer in transportation engineering and as a Programme Director of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) along with further examining experience for the Chartered Professional Review (CPR) for Chartered Engineers, and Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) for Chartered Surveyors.

This broad experience has proven to be beneficial to the Upper Tribunal role. Additionally, I can bring technical expertise and local authority perspectives having worked for Westminster City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

I felt ready to apply for the role in the Upper Tribunal after having sat at the Agricultural Land Tribunal (Wales) since 2018. I saw this as a great professional development opportunity in a role that would provide me with career progression.

I am delighted that there are many support and development opportunities for newly selected judges like me. As well as contributing to decision-making there have been many exciting opportunities as part of this role; from being asked to provide training on Judicial Diversity and Inclusion in the Equal Treatment Bench Book Review; and being a speaker in Judiciary multi-platform training sessions, and I am always happy to share my digital and computer science expertise.

I enjoy working as a team in the Upper Tribunal, as we contribute to the decisions using our specialist knowledge and experience. At times, we have some lively discussions with different opinions because of our backgrounds. However, each member in the Tribunal contributes equally to the decisions made.

At first, I had little hope to be offered the role. To my surprise, I was one of the first female engineers of ethnic origin appointed to sit at the Transport Jurisdiction at the Upper Tribunal. I would encourage you to apply, as with your skills and experience, you will make a difference!”

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