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.
- Mr Justice (Andrew) Nicol (Deputy Chair). Sir Andrew Nicol was appointed a judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2009. He was one of the Presiding Judges on the South Eastern Circuit from 2011-2014. Before becoming a full-time judge he was a practising barrister and was appointed a QC in 1995. He taught law at the London School of Economics between 1977 – 1987. He worked in Australia between 1976-1977 and for the State of California between 1975-1976. He studied at Cambridge, Harvard Law School and the University of California at Berkeley. He is the co-author of books on media law and on the history of immigration and nationality law. He was appointed as Deputy Chair in March 2017.
- Colin Byrne. Colin Byrne worked for over 30 years in the Civil Service in a number of roles. These included Divisional Manager, Health and Safety Executive; Director, Town and Country Planning, Department of Communities and Local Government; and Director, Government Office for the South East. He was the Lead Assistant Commissioner for the South East of England in the BCE’s 2018 Review. He was a governor of the Guildford College Group for eight years, and a trustee of Citizens Advice Guildford. Currently he is a non-executive director of a local specialist housing association. He was appointed a Commissioner of the BCE for a five-year term from 1 July 2019.
- Sarah Hamilton. Sarah Hamilton graduated from Exeter University with a BA(Hons) in Law in 1992. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 1995 and enjoyed a 20-year career in a City law firm, specialising in litigation, acting for public sector bodies. Retiring from private practice in 2016, Sarah now has a portfolio career in the fields of healthcare, education and regulation. She is a Non Executive Director of an NHS Trust, and chairs Fitness to Practise Committees for two regulators. Sarah worked as the Lead Assistant Commissioner for the East of England in the BCE’s 2018 Review. She was appointed a Commissioner of the BCE for a five-year term from 1 July 2019. She is married with two children.
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.