The Commission members are:
The Right Honourable
Sir Anthony Hooper
Former Court of Appeal Judge (Chair)
The Right Honourable Sir Anthony Hooper has recently retired from the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, to which he was appointed in 2004.
Following a period as an academic in England and Canada, he practiced as a barrister in London specializing in criminal law. In 1995 he was appointed a High Court Judge, trying civil and criminal cases, sitting in the Administrative Court, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. He is the Chair of the Governors of the Expert Witness Institute and an Associate Member of Matrix Chambers.
MICHAEL WOODFORD MBE
Former President and CEO of Olympus Corporation and Whistleblower
The former President and CEO of the Olympus Corporation, who was forced to blow the whistle on his own company, and in doing so exposed a $1.7 billion fraud. He was awarded ‘Business Person of the Year’ in The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Sun and was the Financial Times ‘Boldness in Business’ winner’ in 2012. In March 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Contrarian Prize. He now spends much of his time promoting governance and fairness in the workplace.
GARY WALKER, MBA, DIPM
Former NHS Chief Executive and whistleblower
Gary is 42, has two children, lives in Lincolnshire, enjoys sailing and is a qualified Yachtmaster. He currently has a portfolio career involving leadership training, coaching, and instructing skippers for the RYA.
Gary was Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust between 2006-2010. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare leading their organisational turnaround, meeting or exceeding most of the national targets and reducing the underlying deficit by £24m.
Gary joined the NHS from the private sector in 1988. During his 22 year service he has taken up many challenging management positions in both public and private sector including major hospital reconfigurations and organisational mergers at the Department of Health, various NHS trusts and Quo Health, a consultancy specialised in organisational turnaround.
Gary holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and recently completed a Masters in Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Law.
Independent legal publisher and discrimination law expert
Michael Rubenstein is a writer and publisher on employment and discrimination law. He is Editor of Industrial Relations Law Reports, General Editor of Equality Law Reports and Publisher of Equal Opportunities Review.
SARAH VEALE CBE
Head of Equality and Employment Rights
Sarah Veale is Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the TUC. The Department leads on employment rights, both individual and collective, employment relations and equality at work. Sarah is a member of the Government’s Regulatory Policy Committee and the HSE Board. She is also a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Government’s Employee Engagement Task Force.
THE VERY REVD DR DAVID ISON
Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral
The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, has chaired a local authority standards committee and worked in education including professional ethics and safeguarding.
Born in 1954 and brought up in Brentwood, Essex, David went to university in Leicester and theological college in Nottingham. He was ordained, aged 24, as a curate in Deptford, south-east London, where he was engaged in inner-city ministry and studied for a PhD in early church history. After a further three years spent down the road as a tutor at the Church Army training college in Blackheath, he became vicar of Potters Green, a parish on a housing estate in Coventry with a church that needed rebuilding – DIY included.
Experience in theological training led in 1993 to work in Exeter in theological training for ordinands and clergy, and from 1995 he was Residentiary Canon at Exeter Cathedral with particular responsibility for the library. In 2005 David became Dean of Bradford with the task of rebuilding the cathedral’s ministry and mission.
David and Hilary married in 1977 while both in training for ministry. Hilary has been a parish minister, hospice chaplain, college tutor and consultant to organisations, and is currently a Selection Secretary working at Church House, Westminster. They have raised two daughters and two sons, and share life at St Paul’s with two grandchildren and a kit car.
David was installed as Dean of St Paul’s in May 2012.
Director General British Chambers of Commerce
John Longworth was appointed Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce on 5th September 2011. He originally trained as a scientist and has served as an Executive Main Board Director of Asda Group Ltd and Asda Financial Services Ltd, and held senior Director positions at Tesco Stores Ltd and the CWS Ltd.
His public roles have included the Board of a Healthcare Trust and the British Retail Consortium. He was economic spokesman for the Confederation of British Industry, Chairman of its Distributive Trades Panel and Chairman of the Brussels based CIES International Product Standards and Trade Body. A former Health and Safety Commissioner and Chairman of the HSE Audit Committee, John also sat on the original Deregulation Task Force. He assisted a leading Healthcare Trust to establish a commercial and marketing operation, and currently has a portfolio career as chair and founder of a venture capital-backed science and professional services business, SVA Ltd; Non-Executive Director at the Co-operative Group Food Ltd; Non-Executive Director of Nichols plc; and trustee of the social enterprise P3.
LORD BURNS, GCB
Chairman of Santander and Channel 4
Lord Burns is Chairman Santander UK plc and Channel 4 Television Corporation. He is a Non-Executive Director of Banco Santander SA and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Royal Academy of Music. He is also a Non-Executive member of the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Terry Burns began his career in 1965 at the London Business School, becoming Professor of Economics in 1979. In 1980, he was appointed Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury and Head of the Government Economic Service. In 1991 he became Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, a post he held until 1998, when he was appointed a life peer.
Previous appointments include acting as an independent advisor to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the previous BBC Charter Review. He has also been Chairman of Marks and Spencer plc, Glas Cymru Ltd (Welsh Water) and the National Lottery Commission; and a Non-Executive Director of Pearson Group, The British Land Company plc and Legal & General plc.