The Legal Education Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees (referred to in our Royal Charter as Governors) who set and oversee the delivery of our strategy.

Ailsa Beaton

Ailsa BeatonAilsa Beaton holds non-executive positions on the boards of the Information Commissioner’s Office and Airport Co-ordination Ltd.  She is also a trustee of the General Electric Pension Scheme and a magistrate in Southeast London. Ailsa was Management Board member at the Metropolitan Police Service, Chief Information Officer at ICL plc, a Senior Partner at PA Consulting Group and before this worked for General Electric (USA).

Tamsin Evans

Tamsin EvansTamsin Evans has 20 years’ experience providing advice and asset management services to institutional clients. She is currently the Head of Solutions Investment at Schroders where she specialises in multi asset investment.
Tamsin began her career as a management consultant at Accenture and previously worked at Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson). She graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Mathematics and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 2006. Tamsin sits on the steering committee of the Diversity Project, a cross-company initiative championing a more inclusive culture within the Savings and Investment profession, and is a strategic advisor to a children’s charity.

Jonathan Freeman

Jonathan FreemanJonathan Freeman is Managing Director of Earlsbrook Consulting Ltd, providing strategic advisory service to charities, businesses and philanthropists. Jonathan’s roles include: CEO of the CareTech Charitable Foundation and Interim CEO of the COSARAF Foundation. Jonathan has also acted as Chief Strategy Officer at the Patchwork Foundation; Localities Lead for the National Citizen Service Trust; and, Senior Mentoring Adviser to the Careers and Enterprise Company. Jonathan was previously Managing Director of Mosaic, HRH The Prince of Wales’s mentoring charitable initiative, and before that a member of the Senior Civil Service. Jonathan serves on a range of charity Boards concerned with integration, social mobility and social care. Jonathan received an MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours list for services to charity.

Vivek Luthra

anonVivek Luthra has over 25 years experience in the banking and investment management sector and is currently a Portfolio Manager at Brevan Howard. He spent 17 years at Bluecrest Capital where he was an Interest Rates Portfolio Manager and Partner. Prior to this, he worked at Bank of America, ABN Amro and Nomura as a Fixed Income Trader. His early career was as an auditor at Coopers & Lybrand. Vivek is also a School Governor and was formerly a Vice-Chair of a large London Academy.

Alison Pickup

Alison PickupAlison Pickup is the Director of Asylum Aid, part of the Helen Bamber Foundation Group. Asylum Aid provides high quality legal representation to some of the most vulnerable people seeking asylum in the UK and uses its research and expertise to secure improvements to the asylum system. From 2016-2021 she was Legal Director of the Public Law Project. Alison is a barrister and until 2016 was in independent practice at Doughty Street Chambers in London. She is a member of the Expert Panel of the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants and a member of the Bar Council’s Remuneration Committee.

Monica Risam

Monica RisamMonica Risam is the Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of Lombard International Group where she has responsibility for the global legal, company secretarial, compliance and regulatory affairs functions. Prior to joining Lombard International, Monica held a number of senior roles at Aviva plc, including General Counsel & Company Secretary of Aviva UK Life, General Counsel, Aviva Group and General Counsel, Aviva Europe. Monica is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and The George Washington University and is qualified to practice law in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. She is also a non-executive member of the Elton John Aids Foundation’s Finance & Investment Committee and on the Board of Trustees of The Royal British Legion.

Hetan Shah

Hetan ShahHetan Shah is chief executive of the British Academy, the UK’s National Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is visiting professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London. Hetan is also a Board member of Our World in Data, a website which provides data on the world’s biggest challenges. He serves on a number of advisory boards including for the Resolution Foundation, the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at Cambridge University and the UCL Public Policy Lab.

Rupen Shah

Rupen ShahRupen Shah trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG UK, spending several years in Mergers and Acquisitions, including a secondment to KPMG India. He then went on to become the Chief Financial Officer at the Football Foundation (the UK’s largest sports charity). Rupen combines substantial expertise in charity and commercial finance with a passion for social justice and tackling inequalities and focuses his time and effort supporting causes and organisations who are obsessed with making a positive impact on society. Rupen sits on the Board of UK Sport and the Premier League Charitable Fund.

Paddy Sloan – Chair

Paddy SloanDuring her career Paddy Sloan has worked as a funder in the independent sector, with government and with a local council, supporting anti-poverty work, urban regeneration and community development. She also spent 8 years as Chief Executive with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, following its establishment in 1999. Previously National Head of BBC Children in Need in Northern Ireland and interim Director of Grants and Policy across the UK, Paddy is currently Project Director with A Million & Me, a proactive impact theme focusing on children’s mental health. Formerly Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Charity Commission NI she has also served as a co-opted member of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Ireland Committee, as an external member of the Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Large Awards Committee and is a member of the Northern Ireland Advisory Group of the St. Stephens Green Trust pilot programme on community-based peacebuilding in Northern Ireland.

Alex Temple

Alex TempleAlex Temple qualified as a solicitor in 2019 through the Justice First Fellowship, having previously worked as a Paralegal at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. He holds undergraduate and masters degrees in law from the University of Kent. He volunteered throughout his studies at the Kent University Law Clinic, and Samphire; a charity providing support to detained people facing deportation. He trained at Just for Kids Law, specialising in education and youth justice. Upon qualifying, he worked in both law and policy to bring about positive change for children missing education. At Just for Kids Law, he designed and launched the School Exclusions Hub, a web-based toolkit to improve access to justice for young people facing exclusion from school. In 2021, Alex moved to Bindmans Solicitors to join the Public Law and Human Rights team.

James Wolffe KC

James Wolffe KCJames Wolffe KC qualified as an advocate at the Scottish bar in 1992 and took silk in 2007. He was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (the elected leader of the Scottish bar) 2014-16 and Lord Advocate (the senior Scottish Law Officer) 2016-21. He has been instructed as an advocate in numerous high profile and complex cases and has argued significant appeals, including in the UK Supreme Court. James is also a member of the bar of England & Wales and a Bencher of Middle Temple. He practices as an advocate and barrister through Axiom Advocates, Edinburgh and Brick Court Chambers, London, sits as a part-time judge in the Courts of Appeal of Guernsey and Jersey and is an Honorary Professor of Edinburgh University Law School.


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