Group Board Members

Our Developing Governance Structure

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 Group Board Members

Professor Chris Bones, Executive Chair of CILEx Group

Chris Bones

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. 

He is currently co-founder and chair of Good Growth Limited, a digital services company that works with some of the country’s biggest retail names, Professor of Creativity and Leadership at Manchester Business School and non-executive director of MK-LF Partnership, which helps companies develop their senior female talent.

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. 

Matthew Foster 

Matthew Foster

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.

Philip Sherwood, Past-President of CILEx

Philip Sherwood

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.

Craig Tickner, Vice-President of CILEx

Craig Tickner

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. 

Elizabeth Filkin CBE, Chair of Audit & Risk and Appointments & Scrutiny Committees

Elizabeth Filkin

Elizabeth currently sits as Chair to the Statutory Committees Appointments Committee – General Pharmaceutical Council, Advisory Committee – Marston Group and TecSOS. Elizabeth is also Trustee for The Vodafone Foundation and the Annington Trust.

Elizabeth has a distinguished career, having held senior independent advisory positions with many different public bodies and across a range of disciplines including the Metropolitan Police Service, Advertising Advisory Committee and Audit Commission. 

She led an independent inquiry for Greater London Magistrates Courts Authority, was Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, The Adjudicator for Inland Revenue, Deputy Chairman of the Financial Services Authority and Chief Executive of Citizens Advice.  

She has also held Non-Executive Director posts with Britannia Building Society, Logica plc, Hay Management Consultants and Jarvis plc.  

Dr Stephen Lee, Chair of CLS Board

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.

Jagjit Dosanjh-Elton, Chair of Finance Committee

Jagjit Dosanjh-Elton

Jagjit has been involved with CILEx since July 2015 as a Lay Member of the Finance and Remuneration Committee.

She 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.

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).