The Chair of the Commission is the Speaker of the House of Commons, but by convention he or she does not participate in the conduct of the review or formulation of the Commission’s recommendations.
The Deputy Chair therefore leads the Commission in the conduct of its review work and is supported by two other Commissioners.
Our Deputy Chair was Mrs Justice (Frances) Patterson from her appointment in 2014 until her death in December 2016. Until such time as a replacement is appointed we have decided to retain Frances’s biography alongside those of the other Commissioners.
- Mrs Justice (Frances) Patterson (Deputy Chair). Frances Patterson was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1977 and took Silk in 1998. She was a public lawyer who practised mainly in the field of planning and environmental law. She was appointed a Recorder in 2000, a Law Commissioner in 2010 and became a High Court Judge in October 2013. When at the Law Commission she led the project on the reform of electoral administration. She was appointed as Deputy Chair of the BCE in November 2014 for a term of five years. She previously acted as Assistant Commissioner for the BCE in 2005, during the Fifth General Review. Frances was married and lived in London and Cheshire. She had three children. She died on 20 December 2016 after a short battle against illness.
- David Elvin QC. David was educated at AJ Dawson Grammar School in County Durham, and Hertford College, Oxford where he studied law. He is a member of the Bars of England and Wales and Northern Ireland and took silk in 2000. Prior to this, David served on the panels of the Treasury Counsel from 1991 to 2000. David’s work is largely concerned with planning, the environment, property, local government, and human rights and EU law aspects of those areas of practice. He became a recorder in 2001 and was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2008. He was appointed a Commissioner of the BCE for a five year term from 12 January 2009, and has been subsequently reappointed for a further five years. He acted as an Assistant Commissioner for the BCE in 2001 , during the Fifth General Review. David is married and lives in London and Kent.
- Neil Pringle. Neil was educated at The King’s School in Macclesfield and went
on to graduate from Durham University with a BA(Hons) in Law. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1973 and enjoyed 37-year career in local government serving six county councils and two unitary councils. He has held a number of senior legal posts but for the last 15 years of his career was Chief Executive of a county council and two unitary councils. He has extensive experience as a Returning Officer, and has held a number of non-executive positions related mainly to education and the public sector and continues to undertake occasional consultancy work. He was appointed a Commissioner of the BCE for a five-year term from 1 July 2009 and has been subsequently reappointed for a further five years. He is married with a family and has two grandchildren.
The Commission meet regularly and you can read the papers and minutes from those meetings here.
Code of Conduct and Register of Interests.
All Commissioners are required to comply with the principles set out in the Cabinet Office’s Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. The Commissioners also maintain a Register of Interests and declare their annual fees and expenses in the Commission’s Annual Reports.
This page reformats automatically when printed. Print this section