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Executive Team

Executive Team

Vicky Fox

Vicky Fox

Chief Executive

Vicky joined the court as Chief Executive of The Supreme Court and the JCPC in September 2020.

The role involves responsibility for all the non-judicial functions of the Court and overseeing the administration of a team of approximately 50 staff and contractors supporting the work of the Justices. The Chief Executive is an Accounting Officer in their own right.

Vicky was previously the Director of Regulation and Insight at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. She was called to the Bar in 1995 and has 15 years' experience as a Government lawyer, including work at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health. She was Head of Guidance, Party and Election Finance at the Electoral Commission before moving to work at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority as Director of MP Support Services and then in 2018 as Director of Regulation and Insight.

Vicky succeeded Mark Ormerod, The Supreme Court's second Chief Executive, who retired in 2020.

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Sam Clark

Sam Clark

Director of Corporate Services

Sam became Director of Corporate Services of the Supreme Court and the JCPC in January 2019

Sam was previously Deputy Director of Governance and Assurance for HM Courts and Tribunals Service where she led the creation of a joined up, transparent and consistent governance and assurance function supporting delivery of the work of the courts, tribunals and offices, as well as enhancing the strategic assurance for the Agency as a whole. Prior to that Sam was Board Secretary and Head of the Chief Executive's Office, again within HM Courts and Tribunals Service (2013 - 2016).

Over her career, Sam has held a variety of roles, most of them within justice administration with a focus of courts and supporting operational delivery. These include Head of Security and Safety for HM Courts Service and then HM Courts and Tribunals Service; Deputy Departmental Security Officer for the then Department for Constitutional Affairs, now the Ministry of Justice and a variety of roles working with and supporting the work of magistrates' courts.

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Laura Angus

Registrar

Laura was appointed Registrar of the UK Supreme Court in September 2022.

Her overall responsibilities are exercising the judicial and administrative functions under the Rules and Practice Directions for the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC). She is also responsible for the active management of all internal processes relating to appeals, costs and judgments for the UKSC and JCPC.

Laura trained as a solicitor at Allen & Overy LLP, in the London and Paris offices. She qualified as an associate in the Corporate department and left in 2009, joining the Civil Appeals Office later that year. At the Civil Appeals Office Laura was a case lawyer, working on a range of applications and appeals. She developed expertise in managing permission to appeal applications, grouping appeals and spotting trends in litigation. She advised her supervising Lord and Lady Justices in all aspects of active case management and listing.
From 2017 she was the Court of Appeal’s jurisdiction lawyer, using powers delegated to her by the Master of the Rolls to give directions on matters of jurisdiction. During this time she also acted as an RCJ Anti–Bullying and Harassment advisor. In early 2022 she undertook a secondment to the Registry of the Supreme Court as Deputy Interim Registrar, and she was appointed as Registrar of the Supreme Court in September 2022.

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Sanj Bhumber

Sanj Bhumber

Director of Finance

Sanj was appointed Director of Finance of The Supreme Court in November 2019.

Sanj is a qualified accountant and was previously the Head of In Year financial management and external reporting in HMRC. He led on the financial forecasting for the department exercising effective financial management and control of the budgets. He led the production of the monthly HMRC management accounts setting out the projected spending position for the year making appropriate recommendations on any actions deemed necessary to ensure HMRC lives within its budget whilst maximising performance delivery. Sanj also had other roles in HRMC, including being a Senior Finance Business Partner and Finance Director of different business groups within HMRC.

Sanj has also worked in the Cabinet Office in various finance roles including being the Finance Responsible Officer (FRO) for a major change front line IT enabled Programme changing the face of the electoral registration process in Great Britain, which is fundamental to the democratic process. The Programme was part of the Government's Major Projects Portfolio and Digital service's exemplars and was delivered on time, of the right quality and on budget.

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Scot Marchbank

Scot Marchbank

Head of Communications

Scot is responsible for promoting public understanding of the UK Supreme Court and its decisions, leading the communications function, and managing all education, outreach and public engagement programmes. Scot has spent the majority of his career in civil service communications, having worked in several government departments. Most recently he ran external communications at Network Rail.

As acting Head of Communications, Scot is covering for Sophia Linehan-Biggs and Janet Coull-Trisic who are currently on leave.

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Chris Maile

Chris Maile

Head of Human Resources

Chris joined the Supreme Court in August 2011.

He started his career initially as a barrister's clerk in the Temple, before moving into Human Resources and studying for his CIPD qualification.

He advised Headteachers and School Governors in the education sector for over 8 years, and then joined the Lord Chancellor's Department in 2003 working in the HR casework team.

From 2008 he led a team of HR Advisors in supporting and guiding managers on a wide range of HR issues across the Ministry of Justice.

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Ian Sewell

Ian Sewell

Deputy Registrar of The Supreme Court

Ian joined The Supreme Court in October 2009 and was appointed Deputy Registrar in September 2018. He is also Costs Clerk to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Ian supports the Registrar and deputizes for her in her absence. He manages the Judicial Support Unit which services the Justices’ administrative and secretarial needs; oversees the  delivery of judgments; and is responsible for costs procedures of The Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

He was Judicial Taxing Clerk in the House of Lords from 2006 before transferring to the Supreme Court in 2009, and held a number of administrative posts in the House of Lords Legislation Office prior to that. Before entering the public sector he worked in bookselling and the arts, including front of house management at the Bristol Old Vic.

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Rebecca Fry

Rebecca Fry

Head Judicial Assistant

Rebecca was appointed Head Judicial Assistant at the UK Supreme Court in January 2020.

Rebecca is responsible for leading and managing the team of Judicial Assistants, and is also Judicial Assistant to Lord Lloyd-Jones.

She has a particular interest in the law relating to charities and not-for-profit organisations. From 2016 to 2019, she was Head of Legal Policy at the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Rebecca was previously an associate at Farrer & Co LLP, where she was recognised by Charity Finance as one of the "top 25 under 35" professional advisers for the charity sector. In 2013, Rebecca was seconded to the Law Commission to work on their Technical Issues in Charity Law reform project.

Rebecca qualified as a solicitor in 2011. She has a law degree from the University of Oxford and an LLM from the University of Toronto.

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Paul Sandles

Paul Sandles

Librarian, Departmental Records Officer and Secretary to the Executive Team

Paul joined the Supreme Court in November 2012.

Paul is responsible for ensuring that the Justices can access the resources necessary to support their research needs. Paul is also the Secretary to the Management Board.

As Departmental Records Officer, Paul is responsible for records and public records legislation as well as information assurance, compliance and data protection.

From 2007, Paul worked with the legal advisers to the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health providing research services to lawyers and policy officials. He spent the initial part of his career working in the public library services of Kent and West Sussex.

Paul is a member of the International Association of Law Librarians and is the Membership Officer for the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians.

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