The Board of the CLSB currently comprises of the following Non-Executive Directors:
Lay NED & Chair
Appointed: 17 March 2014
Steve is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers. He spent nearly 30 years in the financial services industry holding a number of positions at board and senior management level where his responsibilities included regulatory compliance. He has had significant experience of new financial regulatory regimes including the introduction of regulation into the mortgage market.
In 2007, Steve furthered his regulatory experience when he became a Non-Executive Director of Administration of Gambling on Tracks where his role involved overseeing the regulatory impact of the new Gambling Act upon on-course bookmakers. Between 2008 and 2012 he was Chair of the Greyhound Regulatory Board with overall responsibility for all regulatory, disciplinary and integrity issues. This role included preparations for full UKAS accreditation for the sport as part of its move to a self-regulated status and meeting its obligations under the Animal Welfare Act.
Between 2013 and 2017 Steve served on the Regulatory Panel of the Association of Residential Managing Agents in the UK, in July 2017 he was appointed to the Disciplinary & Licensing Panel of the British Horseracing Authority.
Lay NED & Vice Chair
Appointed March 2013
Gillian has eight years’ regulatory experience gained as a non-executive Board member of the Gambling Commission, where she was also a member of the Commission’s Audit Committee. In that role Gillian had to consider statutory obligations, risk based management and value for money.
For 12 years Gillian was a Magistrate, sitting in Chester Adult Court and on the Fines & Enforcement and Licensing panels. Gillian has volunteered overseas for a Youth Leadership organisation and was formerly a non-executive Board member of Dimensions UK, a leading provider of care and support for adults and young people with learning disabilities and autism.
Gillian currently works for a Birmingham based mental health charity as Business Development Manager.
Appointed March 2014
Tracyanne, is an Associate at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and has been team leader of their Manchester based Costs Management Team since September 2010.
Tracyanne has been practising in costs for over 25 years and has worked in-house for a number of solicitors and externally with well-known costs consultancies on a national basis. She became an Associate of the ALCD, subsequently a Fellow and then a Costs Lawyer in 2007.
Tracyanne has twice served on the ACL Council. She served during their campaign for rights of audience and sat on both the Education & Training and Rules Committees prior to the ACL separating its representative and regulatory function. Tracyanne has always been, and continues to be keen to promote the Costs Lawyer profession.
Appointed December 2018
Stephanie has many years of senior leadership experience in local government and non-governmental public bodies in sport and justice. In those roles she has had responsibility for strategic direction, corporate governance, finance and risk management. She sits on committees with remits to promote high professional standards and promulgate learning; and to provide independent scrutiny and quality assurance. She has significant experience in selection, training and accreditation of professional roles.
Stephanie completed her MBA part time whilst working full time and some 17 years later studied full time whilst working part time to attain academic solicitor qualification. She decided not to go into legal practice but remained within the criminal justice sector.
Stephanie is currently an executive director for the Parole Board. She is appointed by the Secretary of State of Justice as a Parole Board member and is an independent selection panellist for the Judicial Appointments Commission.
Appointed: 25 January 2019
Having first worked in costs in late 2000, Paul then completed a law degree at Sheffield University before returning to costs and qualifying as a Costs Lawyer. He is also a qualified Legal Project Practitioner.
Paul spent ten years working for independent firms of Costs Lawyers before joining Horwich Farrelly in 2013. He spent four years at Horwich Farrelly, putting in place and leading their Costs Budgeting and Costs Recovery Teams before joining CFG Law as a Partner & Head of Costs in September 2017. As well as leading its Costs Teams, his wider responsibilities at CFG Law include the strategic development of the firm.
Paul believes that the future for Costs Lawyers is bright albeit very different to the traditional role they have held.