CILEx Professional Board
Our governance structure has changed. New independent members, with a variety of commercial, educational and business experience will complement the professional legal expertise of CILEx members. This page will provide details of the changing composition of our governance structure.
CILEx Professional Board Members
Matthew Foster FCILEx, President of CILEx
Matthew is a local government lawyer working for Wrexham County Borough Council in North Wales. He specialises in Information Governance Law and is the Statutory Data Protection Officer for the Council.
In 2006 Matthew moved to Wrexham County Borough Council working in Children’s Social Services as a Court Liaison Officer. In 2010 he returned to legal practice as Senior Legal Officer within the in-house legal team. Matthew has advised a number of in-house client departments, covering diverse areas such as Children’s Social Care, Adult Social Care, Mental Health, Mental Capacity, Court of Protection, Housing, Homelessness and Governance. Matthew has also led on collaborative specialist interest groups in relation to Adult Social Care, Housing and Legal Case Management.
Matthew sits on the Professional Board and Group Board. He has been the Vice-Chair of the Governance Standing Committee for CILEx and is a Director of the CILEx Law School. Matthew is also Chair of the Chester and North Wales CILEx Branch.
Craig Tickner FCILEx, Vice-President of CILEx
Craig Tickner joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 1990 after leaving college.
Having qualified as a CILEx Fellow, he undertook the advocacy (criminal) course, and was admitted as a Chartered Legal Advocate in 2010. He appears regularly at the local magistrates’ court and the youth court covering all aspects of criminal litigation, including numerous trials. Craig became a partner at Bristol law firm, Aidan Woods & Co in April 2014.
Craig joined CILEx council in July 2016 and is also a member of the CILEx governance and membership standing committees. Craig also chaired the CILEx Bristol branch for three years.
Philip Sherwood FCILEx, Past President of CILEx 2018-2019
Philip's career started in Insurance, dealing with PI claims and it was here that he started his CILEx studies.
He worked briefly for a London firm dealing with high volume RTA PI work, before moving back to work in Bournemouth in 1996 for a medium sized law firm specialising in PI and Clinical Negligence. Philip qualified whilst at that firm and went on to head up the PI department and was involved in managing the firm, gaining experience in finances and marketing. He also gained litigation experience in serious injury cases from RTA, Industrial Disease, Employer’s Liability, Public Liability, Occupier’s Liability and Clinical Negligence.
Philip now operates on a consultancy basis providing services to law firms, funders and insurers.
Matthew Huggett FCILEx
A highly experienced, pragmatic, realistic and commercially focussed adviser to employers. A qualified employment lawyer (a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives: CILEx) and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Also a Non-Executive Director of CILEx, 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.
I provide practical advice on employment law/HR issues and am committed to guiding companies through the difficult situations and decision-making processes encountered – I won’t just tell you the law, I will guide you through the risks and pitfalls and help you make informed decisions based on risk, reality and the law.
On a daily basis I undertake a broad range of advice on discrimination, dismissals, restructuring, the TUPE implications of mergers and acquisitions, absence management (both short and long-term), performance management, equal pay, collective and trade union matters and contractual disputes and of course the individual grievances from employees that often flow from such issues.
My extensive experience is based upon seeing matters through the tribunal process. I represent clients in ETs by undertaking full case preparation/advocacy in all cases, including complex discrimination and whistleblowing matters.
If you wish to avoid litigation I am well placed to be able to support your business through the process of exiting employees (up to and including senior executives) by drafting settlement agreements and negotiation with the employee’s solicitor.
But my focus is not simply based upon resolving disputes. I am committed to ensuring that you have established processes, policies, providing training and an emphasis on a culture of engagement and retention. This is where my HR hat comes to the fore – a part of my toolkit that most employment lawyers won’t have.
Caroline Jepson FCILEx
Caroline qualified as a Fellow of CILEx in 2007 and is a constituency member for the North.
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. Caroline found her niche in the field of claimant personal injury litigation in 2004 and for 10 years specialised in representing clients who had sustained injuries of the utmost severity and injuries which are considered life changing. She has significant experience in conducting brain and spinal injury litigation and helping clients who have complex health needs.
Building on her many years' experience as a Claimant Lawyer through the changing litigation landscapes of the Woolf reforms and the Jackson review, which brought about the arrival of Alternative Business Structures, client now works in an in-house role at J.S Parker Limited within the adult brain injury team. With her diverse background and experience of litigation and the legal framework for community care, she can advocate for populations of people with disabilities.
She is also chair at Huddersfield Headway, a charity which supports people who have sustained brain injuries, and a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
In her executive career, Suzanne served as the UK’s Immigration Services Commissioner and as Chief Executive of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
During her Whitehall career, she worked in the Home Office where she was Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, and at HM Treasury. Before entering the public sector, Suzanne was a solicitor in private practice and a lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.
Suzanne currently chairs the Fire Standards Board, the Joint Audit Panel for the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service, Depaul UK, a national charity focused on youth homelessness, and is Deputy Chairman of the Valuation Tribunal Service. She is also a member of several boards including the Advertising Standards Authority, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and the Fundraising Regulator where she chairs the Standards Committee.
Suzanne studied in America and the UK and holds an LLM degree from the University of Cambridge.
Helen has 22 years’ experience in Executive and Non-Executive Director roles including Chief Executive in the Not for Profit sector, Human Resources and Organisational Development Director in three complex NHS Trusts, Senior Civil Servant in a large government department where she headed up Human Resources and Organisational Development.
Her career spans seven sectors; Commercial, British Intelligence, NHS, Aerospace, Education, Not for Profit and Regulatory. She has operated in complex, sensitive and challenging environments in the UK and overseas, working with and supporting board colleagues to establish the purpose and values of organisations, driving transformational change to create a focused healthy culture and generate value for money.
Helen has a double Masters, having studied at Durham University in Psychology and Educational Law and Harvard Boston, and at Manchester University she studied Human Resources and Organisational Development. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development.
For fun she is Chairperson of the Avon Singers and loves her music and encouraging people to sing for pleasure. She is a trustee of the Broadway Arts Festival Charity, who pride themselves in helping promote artistic talent and providing grants to enable talented individuals to explore their talents further.
Rachel Stevens FCILEx
Chartered Legal Executive, Rachel Stevens, is a CILEx Council Member for the North.
She works in Counter Fraud Services for Keoghs LLP. Prior to this she worked for Weightmans LLP and Stephensons Solicitors LLP.
Rachel completed her Law Degree at John Moores University and discovered CILEx whilst working at Weightmans. She completed her level 6 exams and qualified as a Fellow.
In 2013 she joined the Greater Manchester branch as a committee member and became Chair of the branch in 2014. She is currently enjoying her third year as Chair.
Rachel was awarded Chartered Legal Executive of the Year at the Manchester Law Awards in both 2015 and 2016.
She is a Trustee for the North West Legal Support Trust (NWLST) and a Council Member for the Manchester Law Society.