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Appointments – Board of the Recognition Panel

The appointment of five initial members of the Board Recognition Panel established by the Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press, was announced in October 2014. The Recognition Panel’s function is to recognise press industry self- regulators in accordance with the Royal Charter. They will join David Wolfe QC, the Chair of the Board, whose appointment was announced in June 2014 (see below).

The five members are:

  • Harry Cayton
  • Emma Gilpin-Jacobs
  • Carolyn Regan
  • Harry Rich
  • Tim Suter

They have been appointed following a fair and open competition chaired by Dame Anne Pringle, Chair of the Appointments Committee. David Wolfe QC, Chair of the Board of the Recognition Panel, worked alongside the Appointments Committee to select the new members.

Dame Anne Pringle said:

“We are delighted to appoint these five experienced and capable individuals to these important and challenging roles. They bring the right mix of skills and qualities necessary to establish this important new organisation and provide independent verification of press self-regulatory arrangements.”

David Wolfe said:

“I am confident that we have appointed a diverse and high calibre group of individuals to the Board, and I very much look forward to working with Harry, Emma, Carolyn, Harry and Tim  to carry out the important functions set out in the Royal Charter.”

The appointments took effect on 3 November 2014, the date at which the Recognition Panel were formally established. Further details about the role and remit of the Panel and biographies of the Board members can be found at: www.pressrecognitionpanel.org.uk

Notes

  1. Following the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press (which reported on 29 November 2012), a Royal Charter on the self regulation of the press was granted by the Privy Council on 30 October 2013. The Royal Charter establishes a Recognition Panel with functions and duties relating to the recognition of press industry self regulators in accordance with the terms of the Charter. The Charter also confers certain duties on the Commissioner for Public Appointments relating to the appointment of the Chair and Members of the Board of the Recognition Panel.
  2. The Appointments Committee was appointed by Sir David Normington, the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Royal Charter requires the Appointments Committee to be chaired by a Public Appointments Assessor. Dame Anne Pringle, former British Ambassador to Moscow and a current Public Appointment Assessor, chairs the Committee. The other members of the Committee are Dr Chitra Bharucha, former Vice Chair of the BBC Trust and former member of the General Medical Council, Andrew Flanagan, former Chief Executive of the Scottish Media Group and current Civil Service Commissioner and Elizabeth France, former Information Commissioner and current Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints.
  3. David Wolfe was appointed as the first Chair of the Recognition Panel in June 2014 . His first duty was to select members of the Board alongside the Appointments Committee. The Royal Charter provides for the Recognition Panel to be funded by the Exchequer during its first three years of operation.

Contacts

  1. For more information please go to www.pressrecognitionpanel.org.uk
  2. More information about the work of the Commissioner for Public Appointments or the Appointments Committee can be found at publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk
  3. Media enquiries should go to Maggie O’Boyle on 07880 740627.

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The appointment of Dr David Wolfe QC, as the first Chair of the Recognition Panel established by the Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press, was announced on 26 June 2014.  The Recognition Panel’s function is to recognise press industry self regulators in accordance with the Charter.

David Wolfe is a barrister (QC) at Matrix Chambers. As a public lawyer, David has specialised in “judicial review” challenges to the decisions of, among others, government, regulators (including environmental and professional regulators), local authorities, schools and health bodies for over 20 years.

Until April 2013, David was also a Commissioner (non-executive director) at the Legal Services Commission and a Board Member of the Legal Services Board, the body which oversees approved regulators in the legal services sector and ensures that legal regulation is carried out in the public interest.

David was appointed following a fair and open competition and will now join the Appointments Committee to oversee the appointment of the other members of the Board of the Recognition Panel.

Dame Anne Pringle, Chair of the Appointments Committee, said:

“We are delighted to appoint David Wolfe to this important and challenging role. David is a person of great integrity with a reputation for independence of thought and action. The Appointments Committee believes he has the skills and qualities necessary to establish this important new organisation which will provide independent verification of self regulatory arrangements.

“We look forward to working with David to appoint the other members of the Board and we are also launching that competition today. “

David Wolfe said:

“A large part of my legal career has been spent defending the principle of fair decision-making. I am delighted to have been appointed to help establish independent oversight of an effective system of press self-regulation. That will help to secure the public interest in a free and vibrant press which acts in accordance with the lessons learned through the Leveson Inquiry.

“My first step is to work with the Appointments Committee to appoint a high calibre, diverse Board to work with me to carry out the important functions set out in the Royal Charter.

“The Board is being appointed by a process which is unique in its independence from Government, Parliament and other influences. Once appointed, we will have a freedom from outside pressure not seen before in a public body.”

The Appointments Committee and David Wolfe have also today launched the competition to appoint members of the Board of the Recognition Panel; further details can be found at: www.recognitionpanelappointments.com

Notes

1. Following the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press (which reported on 29 November 2012), a Royal Charter on the self regulation of the press was granted by the Privy Council on 30 October 2013. The Royal Charter establishes a Recognition Panel with functions and duties relating to the recognition of press industry self regulators in accordance with the terms of the Charter. The Charter also confers certain duties on the Commissioner for Public Appointments relating to the appointment of the Chair and Members of the Board of the Recognition Panel.

2. The Appointments Committee was appointed by Sir David Normington, the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Royal Charter  requires the Appointments Committee to be chaired by a Public Appointments Assessor. Dame Anne Pringle, former British Ambassador to Moscow and a current Public Appointment Assessor, chairs the Committee. The other members of the Committee are Dr Chitra Bharucha, former Vice Chair of the BBC Trust and former member of the General Medical Council, Andrew Flanagan, former Chief Executive of the Scottish Media Group and current Civil Service Commissioner and Elizabeth France, former Information Commissioner and current Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints.

3. Under the terms of the Royal Charter David Wolfe has been appointed for an initial term of five years. David Wolfe will receive a non-pensionable payment of £500 per day whilst he undertakes his first duty to select the other members of the Board alongside the Appointments Committee. The Charter provides for the Recognition Panel to be funded by the Exchequer during its first three years of operation.

Contacts

1. For more information please go to www.pressrecognitionpanel.org.uk
2. More information about the work of the Commissioner for Public Appointments or the Appointments Committee can be found at publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk
3. Media enquiries should go to Maggie O’Boyle on 07880 740627.

Update 7 February 2014

The Appointments Committee have now launched a competition to appoint the Chair of the Board of the Recognition Panel

Update 24 January 2014

The Commissioner has today announced the membership of the Appointments Committee to appoint the Chair and members of the Board of the Recognition Panel established under the Royal Charter on self regulation of the press.

The Royal Charter requires the Appointments Committee to be chaired by a Public Appointments Assessor. Dame Anne Pringle, former British Ambassador to Moscow and a current Public Appointment Assessor, will therefore chair the Committee. The other members of the Committee are:-

  • Dr Chitra Bharucha, former Vice Chair of the BBC Trust and former member of the General Medical Council
  • Andrew Flanagan, former Chief Executive of the Scottish Media Group and current Civil Service Commissioner; and
  • Elizabeth France, former Information Commissioner and current Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints.

Read the biographies of the Appointments Committee.

In assembling the Appointments Committee the Commissioner has sought to appoint people with the right mix of skills and experience to make the appointments, including those with experience in regulatory matters, the media industry and consumer affairs.

The Commissioner has set out how the Committee is required to go about making the appointments in the appointment letters  he has sent to them. He expects the process to appoint the Chair of the Board of the Recognition Panel to commence as soon practicable. It is a requirement of the Royal Charter that the Chair of the Board of the Recognition Panel is appointed first and that, once appointed, the Chair takes part in the process to appoint the members of the Board.

The Appointments Committee will now put in place the arrangements for the competition to appoint the Chair of the Board of the Recognition Panel. The Commissioner has asked the Committee to launch the competition as soon as possible in February.

Update 9 January 2014

The Commissioner has published his response to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport’s letter, confirming acceptance of the additional functions specified for him under the Royal Charter on self regulation of the press.

Next steps

The Commissioner is now looking to appoint an Appointments Committee with the appropriate skills and experience to make the appointments to the Board of the Recognition Panel.  The Committee will be chaired by an independent Public Appointments Assessor as the Royal Charter requires.

Update 23 December 2013

The Commissioner has received a letter from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which asks him to undertake functions under the Royal Charter on self regulation of the press.

The letter explains that the Commissioner has been asked to oversee the appointments to the Board of the Recognition Panel because his office is independent of Government and because his role was created to ensure that public appointments are made on merit in a fair and open way.

Further Information Previously Published

On 30 October 2013 the Privy Council, acting on the advice of the Government, granted the Royal Charter on the self regulation of the press.