Governance

Board of Trustees for the National Justice Museum

The National Justice Museum is a registered charity (1030554). It is governed by a board of trustees, who have been selected from a range of backgrounds and expertise. Current trustees for the National Justice Museum include:

Paul Bowden (Chair)

Paul became Chair of the Board in 2015. He is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and is a leading litigator / defence practitioner specialising in environmental, business and human rights cases.

His Honour Jonathan Teare (Deputy Chair)

Jonathan joined the board in 2014.  A retired judge, he was called to the Bar in 1970 and in 1990 he co-founded No 1 High Pavement Chambers . He was appointed a Circuit Judge in 1998 and was the IT liaison judge for the East Midlands and Probation Liaison Judge for Nottinghamshire. He was appointed a Senior Judge in the Sovereign Base Areas, Cyprus, in 2001 and took over as the Presiding Judge in Cyprus in 2007, retiring in 2014. He has sat on the Restricted Patient Panel of the Mental Health Tribunal since 2001.

Stuart Beswick

Stuart joined the board in 2015. Born in Nottingham, he is an experienced business manager, with more than 25 years experience in leadership positions.

Mike Blair

Mike joined the board in 2015 and is an award-winning Executive Producer in charge of consumer and current affairs at Shiver, which is part of the ITV Studios.

Karin Harrison

Karin joined the board in 2015. She is General Counsel of the African Dispute Board Centre and a Director at EEE Lex, an international legal consultancy where she specialises in financial crime, regulatory compliance and corporate governance.

Michael Mathews

Michael joined the board in 2009. He worked at Coward Chance / Clifford Chance from 1963 – 2000 where he was a partner from 1971 and Senior Partner of the banking and financial department from 1994 – 2000. He has served on many boards including The Law Society, The City of London Solicitors’ Company, the Inman Charity, the Carpenters’ Company and the Building Crafts College.

Martin Mellor

Martin joined the board in 2016. He is a practicing chartered accountant and partner with Nottingham-based Page Kirk. He heads up the charity and not for profit department within the firm and specialises in the leisure industry and the licensed trade.

Jennifer Spencer

Jennifer joined the board in 2006. She is a management consultant with considerable experience in the tourism and education sectors. For eleven years she was Director of Corporate Affairs at Nottingham Trent University followed by six and a half years as Chief Executive of Experience Nottingham. Jennifer is also a Director of New Art Exchange and is also a member of the Maggies fundraising board for Nottingham.

His Honour Roger Chapple

Roger joined the Board in March 2017. He studied law at the University of Leeds and was called to the Bar in 1974; after twenty years in practice in general common law in London, he was appointed a Deputy Judge Advocate in 1994, and Assistant Judge Advocate General in 1995. In 2004, he was appointed a Circuit Judge and a Senior Circuit Judge in 2007. He served as the Resident Judge at Inner London Crown Court and as a Senior Judge in the Sovereign Base Areas, Cyprus from 2007 to 2016, when he retired from the Circuit Bench. Recently, he has carried out advisory work in the Bahamas and in China. He is a Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn, the Honorary Recorder of Southwark and a member of the Parole Board. He returns to sit in the Crown Court as a Deputy Circuit Judge.

Cllr Cat Arnold (Observer to the board of trustees)

Nottingham City Council Observer

Lady Justice Macur DBE (President)

Dame Julia is a British judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.  She was called to the Bar in 1979 and was a practising barrister on the Midland Circuit between 1979 and 2005, being appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 1998. In 2005 she was appointed as a judge of the High Court’s Family Division having previously sat on a part-time basis as a Recorder of the Crown Court.  In 2012, she was appointed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to lead a review of the terms of Sir Ronald Waterhouse’s inquiry into the abuse of children in care in north Wales between 1974 and 1996. Dame Julia was appointed as a Lady Justice of Appeal in July 2013 and became Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales in April 2017.

The Rt Hon. The Lord Judge (Honorary Patron)

Lord Judge was born on 19 May 1941 in Malta, where he was educated until 1954. Thereafter he attended the Oratory School, Woodcote until 1959. He was awarded an Exhibition to Magdalene College Cambridge in 1959, where he read history and law. While at Cambridge he joined the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and was subsequently called to the Bar in 1963. Read full bioLord Igor Judge CV and Biography