The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed three new Board members, following an open recruitment process.
Richard Thompson OBE, the new lay member, will take up the position on the Board immediately. Richard will continue in his existing role as Chief Constable with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC). Richard was the first non police officer to be appointed as Chief Constable since 1946, and prior to joining the Police, he served for eighteen years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, involving overseas postings in Stockholm, Geneva, Pristina and Baghdad. The two other Board appointments are barrister members – Sam Stein QC and Patricia Robertson QC – who will start in January. Sam Stein QC is a criminal practitioner at Dyers Chambers, and was called to the Bar in 1988. Sam brings to the Board a long standing interest and experience in quality assurance and pupillage issues. He is a member of the BSB Quality Assurance Committee, is chair of the Pupillage Subcommittee of the Education and Training Committee, and chair of the Publicly Funded Barristers Advisory Group.