CILEX Board Members
Professor Chris Bones, CILEX Chair
Professor Bones is an experienced executive and non-executive leader in the private, public and third sectors.
He has a track record in transformational change and significant experience of higher education, as well as being an adviser to government and public institutions on corporate governance and leadership.
From 2011 – 2021 he was co-founder and chair of Good Growth Limited, a digital services company that works with some of the country’s biggest retail names until 2021. He remains a non-executive director there as well as being a non-executive director of Equals PLC, an AIM-listed FinTech and of The Pipeline which helps companies develop their senior female talent. He is Professor Emeritus at the Alliance Manchester Business School and an Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter.
Earlier in his career, Chris held senior HR roles in Diageo and Cadbury Schweppes, before becoming the first non-academic Dean of Henley Business School. He is still its Emeritus Dean. A noted columnist and broadcaster, his book ‘The Cult of the Leader’ won the CMI/British Library ‘Management Book of the Year’ prize in 2012.
Professor Stephen Lee, Chair of Education Board, External Relations Committee and CILEX Law School Safeguarding Committee
Stephen is currently a Professor at Cass Business School. He has held Senior Management and Chief Executive position’s within the non-profit, commercial and academic communities including Henley and South Bank Business Schools, Bath Spa University and CentreForum (the Liberal Think Tank).
He is experienced in operating and leading at the highest levels within and across the public/private sectors both in the United Kingdom and internationally in the commercial, political and academic contexts.
Stephen has experience in leading both academic and non-academic staff and institutions through significant change programmes; leading by example with clear direction, empathy and engagement with staff concerns, integrity and clarity of purpose.
Gus MacIver, Chair of the CILEX Finance Committee
Gus joined CILEX in 2018, initially as a Member of the Finance Committee, before joining the main Board in 2020. He has also served on the Appointments & Scrutiny Committee, and is currently a Trustee of the CILEX Foundation.
In addition to his CILEX role, Gus is a Non-Executive Director of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), where he chairs the Strategy & Finance Committee, and serves as a trustee for the CIM Pension Fund.
Gus MacIver is an experienced Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director with a background in Financial Services, Technology and B2B services. He has worked for a number of international firms, his most recent executive role as the European CFO for a global payments business. Gus has previously served as a Non Executive Director of MasterCard Ltd and LINK Network Ltd. In addition to “normal” commercial roles, he was a faculty member of the Visa Europe Business School for a number of years – lecturing and tutoring on a wide spectrum of topics at Cambridge University. He has also contributed articles on card management and related business topics to Visa, and been a speaker at a number of international Visa and MasterCard conferences.
Emma Davies, President
Originally qualifying with a degree in Tourism Management, and trying various roles, Emma found a home within law and was admitted as a Fellow of CILEX in 2010.
Passionate about this diverse route to qualification she was one of the founding members of the CILEX Devon Branch. She served on the committee for 10 years in various roles, including Chair, watching the branch scoop awards for ‘Most innovative branch’ and ‘Best branch’. Her involvement with the branch has provided a great opportunity to fly the flag for the CILEX route to qualification through events, attending careers fairs and networking with both CILEX members and other parts of the legal profession. She re-joined the branch committee in 2022.
Emma started out in private practise as a Legal Secretary/Trainee Legal Executive specialising in debt recovery and Claimant personal injury. Since 2011 she has worked in-house for the Royal College of Nursing representing nurses subject to fitness to practise proceedings before their regulator. She also represents nurses under investigation by the Disclosure & Barring Service and Social Care Wales.
Emma has served on both the old-style Council and now on the professional board. In her role as Vice President she will be focusing on membership engagement and is looking forward to meeting as many CILEX members as possible.
Yanthé Richardson, Vice President
Yanthé began her career in law in 2003 and qualified as a fellow of CILEX in 2010. Having practised family and residential property law in Lincolnshire, London and Devon, Yanthé now leads Foot Anstey’s specialist new build property team based across the south west of England. She has extensive experience advising on all aspects of residential property and a keen interest in the role that technology can play in improving the home buying and selling process. Yanthé leads on projects developing the operational and strategic direction of her team, with a particular focus on the consumer journey.
Yanthé was a Specialist Reference Group Advisor to CILEX (from February 2019 to September 2021) and during that tenure became CILEX’s representative on the Home Buying and Selling Group. She continues to advise government on the Land Registry’s Advisory Council. With years of experience managing people and conveyancing teams, Yanthé’s focus has driven her towards aiming to reduce delays and complications in conveyancing transactions while providing excellent client care.
Having started out in law somewhat accidentally, Yanthé attributes her career in part to the opportunities offered to her by the alternative route to qualification CILEX provides. She is passionate about ensuring others have the same opportunities regardless of their background, and strongly believes that we must continue to drive the standards expected of our legal professionals no matter which route to qualification they have taken.
Away from work, Yanthé is a keen traveller, having taken a six-month career break to travel across Central America and has trekked to the summit of Mount Toubkal in Morocco for charity.
Matthew Huggett, Past President
Matt is an experienced employment lawyer and also a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society and a former Secretary of the West of England branch of the CIPD.
Matt started his legal career a little later in life, commencing his CILEX qualifications in his early thirties. At this point in his career, he had already started advising on HR and employment law matters but realised, in the increasingly litigious area of employment, that he needed (and wanted) to become a lawyer. Matt discovered the CILEX route to qualification which allowed him to continue to work in his established employment with a large employers organisation – and to raise a young family at the same time.
During his career, Matt became a lead lawyer for global manufacturing and engineering businesses. He now runs his own employment practice with Carbon Law Partners.
He advises on all matters relating to HR and employment with a particular interest in discrimination and diversity matters. Matt is also an experienced advocate, representing clients at Employment Tribunals.
He is also an avid user of LinkedIn as a platform to access and educate the wider population on employment matters having published a series of videos and podcasts on specialist topics.
Doris Olulode, Senior Non-Executive Director
Doris has extensive global human resources experience gained in a career at Ford Motor Company at both the operational and strategic level, across a range of disciplines. She has held senior positions in the UK and overseas including Head of HR, Ford Motor Company, Australia & New Zealand and HR Director, Ford Motor Company for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Doris also led the African Ancestry Network at Ford.
Doris currently freelances as an HR consultant. She holds non-executive directorships for the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Clarion Housing Group and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She is also a Lay Member to the HMCTS (Employment Tribunal).
She is a mentor offering personal and professional development, also acting as a trusted confidant to those from various backgrounds and at different stages of their career.
Doris is a high performing professional who was named by Autocar as being in the top 100 most influential women in the Auto industry.
Jagjit Dosanjh-Elton, Non-Executive Director
Jagjit has a strong and comprehensive background in commercial finance with 20 years in-depth experience across multiple sectors including Retail, Publishing, Healthcare, Insurance, Energy, Legal and Property and has been involved with CILEX since 2015.
Jagjit has held several high profile positions including working as a Senior Finance Adviser to The Economist Group in New York, as an Executive Director at Gemserv, a utilities consultancy owned by the Energy Supply and Network companies and more recently as a Board Director at Anstey Horne, a specialist surveying company, part owned by the Business Growth Fund (BGF).
Jamie Radford, Non-Executive Director
Jamie is a qualified lawyer who currently acts as Group General Counsel for Azets Holdings Group, a leading multinational accountancy, advisory, audit business and payroll provider.
He has acted both as an executive board member and also as a Non-Executive Director for Nordic Park Limited, a manufacturer and distribution of offices supplies. Jamie’s first experience of CILEX came from supporting colleagues through the CILEX training and examination process to Membership.
Sukhjit Grewal, Non-Executive Director
Sukhjit is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Sukhjit achieved a Masters in Epidemiology at Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge (MPhil CANTAB) having read pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham (BPharm Hons) at undergraduate level. Sukhjit registered as a pharmacist in 1996.
Sukhjit is an award winning Senior Director and experienced Non-Executive Director. An innovative, resourceful, strategic and results driven senior professional development and membership professional with extensive experience in working with professional bodies, regulators, awarding bodies and the commercial sector. Has a proven track record in developing and implementing solutions and strategies within the highly competitive membership body sector. A leader with considerable experience of motivating a team of managers. Has a sound understanding of environmental and operational issues. Possess project management, extensive negotiation and analytical skills with expertise in key account management, external stakeholder management, sales and marketing. A personable, learner and member-focused professional, with strong communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to build and develop excellent client relations. Sukhjit aims to help organisations solve complex problems in order to achieve and maintain best-in-class service and exceed commercial goals.