Executive Team

Executive Team

Mark Ormerod

Chief Executive, Mark Ormerod

Mark has been Chief Executive of The Supreme Court and the JCPC since September 2015.

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.

Mark was previously Chief Executive of the Probation Association between October 2011 and July 2014.

Over a varied Civil Service career, much of it spent in justice administration, Mark has served as Chief Executive of the Law Commission of England and Wales (March 2009 - September 2011) and Director of Civil and Family Justice at the then DCA/Ministry of Justice (2004 - 2009). He was Principal Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern) between 1993 and 1996.

Mark succeeded Jenny Rowe CB, The Supreme Court's first Chief Executive, who retired in 2015.

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William Arnold

Director Corporate Services, William Arnold

William has been Director of Corporate Services for The Supreme Court since March 2009.

Following the transfer of the administration of The JCPC to The Supreme Court from 1 April 2011, William has also been Director of Corporate Services for The JCPC.

Immediately before his Supreme Court appointment, William was Chief Executive of the Law Commission, the Government’s independent law reform body, from January 2008 to February 2009.

Prior to joining the Law Commission, William was Head of the Court Broadcasting Unit in HM Courts Service.  He worked on loan in the Prime Minister’s Department in Canberra, Australia from January 1993 to August 1994, and was Director of Corporate Services for The National Archives from April 1991 to December 1992.

William’s other previous appointments have included Chief Executive to the Family Justice Council (2006), Secretary to the Commissioners for Judicial Appointments (2004 – 2006), Head of the Criminal Justice System Confidence Unit (2003) and Head of Sponsorship of Regional Development Agencies (1999 – 2003).

He was in charge of Family Law in the Lord Chancellor’s Department for five years from 1994 to 1999, and of Legal Aid and Legal Services from 1987 to 1991. He was also Private Secretary to two Lord Chancellors (Lord Elwyn-Jones and then Lord Hailsham) from 1977 to 1979.

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Louise di Mambro

Registrar, Louise di Mambro

Louise is Registrar of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Registrar of the Privy Council.

As Registrar, she exercises judicial and administrative functions under the two sets of Rules and Practice Directions which provide the procedure for these Courts.

From June 2008 until August 2009, Louise was Deputy Head of the Judicial Office of the House of Lords, supporting the Law Lords in their judicial functions. Before that, Louise was a deputy master in the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, working in the Royal Courts of Justice from December 1997 to May 2008.

From September 1977 to December 1997, Louise held various posts as a member of the Government Legal Service in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Louise was called to the Bar in July 1976.

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Olufemi Oguntunde

Director of Finance, Olufemi Oguntunde

Femi was appointed Director of Finance of The Supreme Court in April 2009.

He provides financial leadership for The Supreme Court, and is responsible for ensuring a continuing culture of sound governance and risk management, as well as efficiency and value for money.

Immediately prior to joining The Supreme Court, he spent over five years with the Food Standards Agency where he worked as Systems Implementation Project Manager, Group Financial Accountant, Financial Controller and the Head of Financial Management and Reporting.

Having started his career with KPMG in 1991, Femi joined the Civil Service in 2004 after more than 10 years’ post qualification experience in various sectors, including public practice, banking and consultancy.

He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Manchester Business School.

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Ben Wilson

Head of Communications, Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson was appointed Head of Communications for the Supreme Court in April 2012.

Ben is responsible for stakeholder communications at The Supreme Court, including media relations, educational outreach, visitor services and online and offline publications.

He was the Supreme Court's Deputy Head of Communications from September 2010. Before that he worked for the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, as part of the team handling media relations for the organisation which co-ordinates national initiatives on behalf of the established Church.

Ben has a range of experience in private sector PR and marketing roles and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

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Paul Brigland

Head of Office and Building Services & Departmental Records Officer, Paul Brigland

Paul joined the Supreme Court team as Departmental Records Officer in June 2011.

He has overall responsibility for the effective provision of all contracted and office services (including Hard Facilities Management, ICT, security guarding and cleaning). He is responsible for building management, accommodation and Health & Safety issues.

As DRO Paul is responsible for records management including information assurance and compliance with freedom of information, data protection and public records legislation.

Immediately before this, he spent three years in the Ministry of Justice Data Access & Compliance Unit advising on Freedom of Information and Data Protection issues.

Previously he worked at the Lord Chancellor's Department as Diary Manager to the Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine) and as a Training Course Manager (Civil & Family Judiciary) at the Judicial Studies Board.

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Chris Maile

Head of Human Resources, Chris Maile

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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Paul Sandles

Librarian and Secretary to the Executive Team, Paul Sandles

Paul Sandles was appointed as Librarian of the Supreme Court in May 2016.

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.

He was the Supreme Court's Deputy Librarian from November 2012. From 2007, he 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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