The Board of Commissioners

Helen Pitcher OBE

Helen Pitcher was appointed Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission on 1 January 2023.

Helen Pitcher OBE is currently chair of the: Criminal Case Review Commission: the Public Chairs Forum and; Advanced Boardroom Excellence Ltd. Ms Pitcher holds two Non-Executive roles: C and C Group and; UB UK (part of Yildz Holdings). Prior to this Ms Pitcher was: Chairman of Pladis Global between 2015-19; the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel between 2009-17 and; Director at Saville Group PLC between 2008-13.

The Commission

Members come from a wide background to ensure the Commission has a breadth of knowledge, expertise and independence.

The Chairman of the Commission is a lay member. 

Of the 14 other Commissioners:

  • 6 must be judicial members (including 2 tribunal judges)
  • 2 must be professional members (each of which must hold a qualification listed below but must not hold the same qualification as each other)
  • 5 must be lay members
  • 1 must be a non-legally qualified judicial member

The legal qualifications are:

  • Barrister in England and Wales
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Appointment of Commissioners


Vice Chair: Vacancy – (Vice Chairman role was held by Lady Justice Sue Carr DBE from 02.08.20 until 27.01.23. The Honourable Mr Justice Adam Johnson will assume the duties of Vice Chairman in the interim)


The Honourable Mr Justice Adam Johnson
Andrew Kennon
Brie Stevens-Hoare KC
Emir Khan Feisal
Greg Sinfield
Her Honour Judge Anuja Dhir
Jane Furniss CBE
Judge Christa Christensen
Mathu Asokan
Sarah Lee
Sir Simon Wessely
Sue Hoyle
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan

The Board has a Terms of Reference and a Register of Interests.

Board minutes can be viewed here

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