Secretary to the Inquiry
Rowena Collins Rice was appointed by the Cabinet Secretary in July 2011 to head the Inquiry Secretariat at Director-General level. A law graduate and qualified solicitor, she has spent most of her working life in central government administration, roughly half in policy and half in legal advisory and legislation posts. Previous D-G appointments were as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s policy lead on constitutional reform and civil liberties, and before the last general election she was D-G Democracy, Constitution & Law, and Chief Legal Officer, in the Ministry of Justice.
She has over her career been much involved in the formulation and application of constitutional policy, law and rights – including issues of freedom of expression, transparency and privacy. She worked on data protection legislation at the Home Office in the late 1990s and was involved in the preparation of what became section 12 of the Human Rights Act 1998 with its special provisions applying to media activity. She also worked on the Freedom of Information legislation, including, while at the (then) Department for Constitutional Affairs, on the implementation in Whitehall of the FOI Act. As the MoJ Board member with policy and legal responsibility for constitutional, human rights and information law issues from 2008-2010, she worked among other things on data protection, privacy, superinjunctions, defamation, FOI, public records, legal and regulatory policy and reform of the MPs’ expenses system. She chaired the Working Group on libel law reform established by the then Justice Secretary Jack Straw at the beginning of 2010 which reported shortly before the last general election.
In all of these capacities she has worked closely with media representatives, academics and interest groups in the field, including at senior (particularly senior legal) levels. Outside work she has friends and acquaintances active in the media and media-related fields, none of whom are, or are likely to be, of interest to the Inquiry.
Solicitor to the Inquiry
Kim Brudenell is a senior government lawyer from the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and was called to the Bar in 1992. Kim has experience of a range of legal work both pre- and post qualification including private and public law, employment and public inquiries. Her previous public inquiry roles include acting for MAFF former Ministers at the BSE Inquiry and working for the inquiry legal team in the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry, the Hillsborough Inquiry, the Woolf Inquiry into Prison Disturbances and as Solicitor to the Bichard Inquiry. She was appointed to the Senior Civil Service in 2006 and prior to joining the Leveson Inquiry led a team handling private law litigation and inquests, mainly for the Ministry of Justice.
As far as Kim is aware, none of her contacts, friends or relations has any connection with the matters the Inquiry will be investigating.
The Solicitor’s legal team includes:
Nicola Enston was called to the bar in 1995 and undertook her training at Doughty Street Chambers. She joined the Government Legal Service in 1999 and has held posts at the OFT, at the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a senior lawyer and on three Inquiries based in Northern Ireland; Bloody Sunday, Rosemary Nelson and most recently at the Robert Hamill Inquiry, where she was Deputy Solicitor.
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Sharron Hiles is a senior lawyer on secondment to the Inquiry from the Treasury Solicitor’s Department. Sharron qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and has worked for the Treasury Solicitor since qualifying in both the Employment and Public Law Teams.
Khaleel Desai qualified as a solicitor in 2004 in private practice before transferring to the Government Legal Service where he has held a number of roles. Khaleel has specialised as a public law and human rights specialist for the Treasury Solicitor’s Department working for clients across Whitehall, was seconded to the European Commission’s Freedom, Justice and Security Cabinet and has worked as an advisory lawyer in the Home Office. This is his first Inquiry.
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Rachel Clark, head of research, has worked as a civil servant since 1990, in the Department for Trade and Industry and its successors (the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and more recently the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), before moving to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in January 2011 with the transfer of responsibility for policy on digital, telecoms and media competition issues from the Secretary of State for Business to the Secretary of State for Culture. For the last 6 years she has been working on policy to support the growth of digital and creative businesses and policy on regulation of telecommunications, meaning that she has had contact with a large number of publishing and other media organisations and representative bodies on a professional basis.
Simon Miller, senior researcher, joins the Leveson Inquiry having previously been Head of Telecommunications Regulation, e-Privacy and Internet Policy at the Department of Culture Media and Sport where he led the successful implementation of the European Framework on Electrical Communications. Simon joined the civil service in 2006 and has worked in policy positions across Whitehall, including in regeneration, education and environment policy. Before joining the civil service Simon lectured in modern history at the University of Nottingham.
Ruby Yau, junior researcher, joins the Inquiry Team from the Constitution Group in Cabinet Office having previously worked for the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Phil Lawley, senior researcher, joins the Leveson Inquiry team from the Home Office, having previously being Policy Advisor and Private Secretary to the Police Minister. Before moving to the Home Office in 2009, Phil had been Private Secretary to the Prisons Minister in the Ministry of Justice and performed a variety of policy roles in that department, including Machinery of Government changes, counter-terrorism and asylum.
Amanda Jeffery, head of administration, began her civil service career in the then Lord Chancellor’s Department, as a court clerk at the Central Criminal Court. Since then, she has held a variety roles within the LCD and its successors (the DCA and then the MoJ), mostly in relation to the operation of and policy affecting the criminal courts. Amanda joined the Inquiry Team from the Judicial Office, where she had worked since 2006, first as Head of the Planning and Governance Team and, for the last three years, as Private Secretary to the Lord Chief Justice.
John Toker, head of communications, has been connected with the media, in one form or another, since 1966. He has worked for weekly, regional and national newspapers. In 1977 he joined Granada Television as a News Editor and in 1982 he joined Independent Television News (ITN) where he held a variety of senior management roles. He moved to the Civil Service as head of news at the Home Office (2004); in 2005 he was seconded to the Cabinet Office as Director of Communications for Counter Terrorism and then Director of Communications for Security and Intelligence.
Throughout his time in the Civil Service John has had dealings with the media on a daily basis. His wife, Deborah Turness, is the Editor of ITV News and some of their closest personal friends work in the media.
Nicola Massally has worked for the civil service since 2002, holding a number of posts at the Judicial Studies Board (now Judicial College) before joining the President of the Family Division’s office (part of the Judicial Office) in 2005 as the Assistant Private Secretary, a post she held until October 2010.
Carole-Ann Montgomery has been a civil servant since 2004 and joins the Inquiry Team on secondment from the Northern Ireland Office having previously worked in the secretariat to the 7 July Inquests. Between April and November 2011 Carole-Ann was seconded to the Judicial Press Office where she provided communications support to the Civil Justice Council and Family Justice Council.
Kate Arrowsmith has acted as Clerk to Lord Justice Leveson since October 2008, working within his private office when he was Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales. Before joining she worked for the Probation Service for two years, assisting in the breach process, and worked in a solicitor’s office after completing the Legal Practice Course.
Joanne Osei-Asiamah has been a civil servant since 1999 and has held various management roles including the Masters’ Support Unit, Enforcement Section and Secretary to the Queen’s Bench Masters. She joins the Inquiry on secondment from the Queen’s Bench Action Department.