CILEX Professional Board Members
Caroline Jepson, CILEX President
Caroline qualified as a Fellow of CILEX in 2007. She began her legal career in a small firm of solicitors in Sheffield covering criminal law before moving to Irwin Mitchell where she initially conducted prison law and public law cases, before finding her niche in the field of claimant personal injury litigation. She spent many years representing clients who had sustained life changing injuries and has significant experience in conducting brain and spinal injury litigation and helping clients who have complex health needs.
She has worked through every stage of pre and post qualification – having worked her way up from the most junior positions to senior roles within the legal sector. She has also worked in-house in the private care sector in governance and compliance roles. More recently, and building on her many years experience, she is Operations Director of a chain in gyms in South Yorkshire, providing strategic leadership to the shareholders, as well as directing the daily operations of the company.
With her diverse background and experience of litigation, legal framework for care and rehabilitation, the benefits of health and fitness in physical and mental well-being, and also being a personal trainer, she brings a breadth of skills to the board.
Caroline also sits on the CILEX group board, the Audit & Risk Committee, the External Relations Working Group and the Education Board.
Matthew Huggett, CILEX Vice President
Matt is an employment lawyer and 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 has built his career providing pragmatic, realistic and commercially focused advice to employers, guiding companies through the complexities of employment law and the risks and pitfalls affecting HR practice. His breadth of expertise spans discrimination, dismissal, restructuring, TUPE implications of mergers and acquisitions, absence and performance management, equal pay, collective and trade union matters and contractual disputes.
Matt is an 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.
Craig Tickner, Past President
Craig joined the Crown Prosecution Service, in 1990, after leaving college. He decided to study an A-level in law, which led him to the CILEX route.
He completed the first two years of the CILEX qualification before being invited to join a local criminal defence firm. Craig spent the first 12 months at the firm qualifying as a Police Station Accredited Representative before being able to complete the CILEX qualification.
After becoming a CILEX Fellow in 2005, he undertook the advocacy (criminal) course immediately after these practice rights became obtainable and was admitted as a Chartered Legal Advocate in 2010.
Craig appears regularly at the local magistrates’ court and youth court, covering all aspects of criminal litigation, including numerous trials, and works closely with counsel in serious Crown Court cases. Craig became a partner at Bristol law firm, Aidan Woods & Co in April 2014.
He joined CILEX Council in July 2016. He was a member of the CILEX governance and membership standing committees during the governance restructure. Craig also chaired the CILEX Bristol Branch for three years.
Away from the law, his interests are gardening, music, sport and travel.
Pam Sanghera, Non-Executive Director
Pam is an award winning international family lawyer who specialises in parental child abduction and cross border disputes.
Having qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2006, she is experienced in respect of all aspects of family law and holds an exceptionally complex caseload representing victims and abandoned spouses within cross border children disputes that often involve serious issues such as terrorism, radicalisation, child trafficking and FGM. In addition, Pam represents victims of forced marriages and honour based killings.
Dedicated to her specialism, Pam is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law Panel and is a panel member of the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit and ReUnite International. Recognised for her commitment to the legal industry, in 2014 Pam was awarded Legal Executive of the Year by Birmingham Law Society and in 2016 voted Legal Executive of the Year by Jordans Family Law.
Aside from her role as a lawyer, Pam is a Director of Charles Strachan Solicitors, a specialised law practise based in Birmingham, Solihull and Redditch. Responsible for business development and marketing, Pam leads on various initiatives to progress the success of the practice.
Pam is an ambassador for CILEX and has sat on the CILEX Law School board since 2018 as well as the Apprenticeships and Safeguarding Committee. In 2020, Pam joined the CILEX professional board.
Alexis Thomas, Non-Executive Director
Alexis is a Chartered Legal Executive at HPJV Solicitors specialising in Private Client. After completing her Law degree at Swansea University in 2003, years later Alexis went on to complete her Level 6 qualifications and became a Fellow in 2017. Despite being qualified for 3 years Alexis has 13 years experience in her specialist area and is currently looking to add to her specialism as she is in the process of undertaking her Level 6 studies in Conveyancing.
In 2015 Alexis joined the Cardiff & SE Wales Branch and after just one year of being a committee member she became the Branch Chair, a role which she has retained since. Alexis actively supports Branch members when needed and is part of the Inspiring the Future Programme.
Alexis was awarded Branch Member of the Year in 2016 at the Presidents Inauguration and went on to win the Joyce Arram Award for Advancing the Legal Profession in the 2019 CILEX Awards. She has also recently been recognised as a finalist in the Rising Star category at the Wales Legal Awards 2020.
Emma Davies, Non-Executive Director
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’.
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 previously served on CILEX Council from 2013 – 2016 and is keen to get back to helping raise the profile of CILEX.
Ian Hunt, Non-Executive Director
Ian is immensely proud to be a third generation Legal Executive, having qualified in October 1990 and becoming a Fellow on 31st October 1992. He left mainstream legal employment in 2012 to fulfil his ambition to set up my own specialist Private Client practice and in June 2012. East Devon Law was founded. The firm has grown to become an LLP in 2018 and a CILEX Regulated entity in September 2020.
Ian won the Private Client - Legal Expert Award in 2018, and the Devon and Somerset Law Society Legal Executive of the Year Award in 2019. He received the highly commended in the Joyce Arram Memorial Award in the CILEX National Awards 2019 as well as being a shortlisted finalist in two other categories.
As well as being a Full member of STEP and SFE and the Equity Release Council, Ian was invited by Baroness Finlay to become a member of the National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF) in 2017 and was invited to become a member of the OPG working group to look at creating new easy read guidance notes for LPA’s in July 2019.
Out of the office he enjoys walking, hiking, and is qualified S W Mountain and Moorland leader and NNAS navigation coach. Ian is also a keen Motorsports enthusiast and enjoys competing in Sprints and Hill climbs in his Historic Mini Cooper S with daughter Victoria and wife Adele.
Yanthe Richardson, Non-Executive Director
Yanthe 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, Yanthe 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. Yanthe leads on projects developing the operational and strategic direction of her team, with a particular focus on the consumer journey.
Yanthe 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, Yanthe'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, Yanthe 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, Yanthe 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.