Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors

Kenneth Ludlam

Kenneth Ludlam, Non-Executive Director

Kenneth was appointed as a non-executive director of the UK Supreme Court in July 2014.

Kenneth is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Having trained at a medium sized firm in Marylebone, he moved post-qualification to become a Manager at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG). He left the profession in 1972 to join the Bowater Corporation as a financial controller, subsequently helping to set up the Bowater Arabia subsidiary. He joined Hanson PLC in 1977, starting as Group Financial Controller and later becoming Group Treasurer and Associate Director for Finance. In 2002 he took on the role of Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management, with responsibility for corporate governance, Turnbull reporting and the establishment and running of the internal audit department.

Since retiring from Hanson he has held a number of non-executive appointments with the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Defence, Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Justice and, most recently, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. He also sat on Defra's Audit & Risk Committee and is an external member of the Corporation of the City of London's Audit & Risk Management Committee and Police Performance and Resource Management Sub Committee.

Kenneth is also a Chartered Management Accountant, a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a member of the Institute of Taxation


Kathryn Cearns OBE

Kathryn Cearns, Non-Executive Director

Kathryn was appointed as a non-executive director of the UK Supreme Court in October 2017.

Kathryn is a Chartered Accountant with experience in financial reporting, audit, company law and corporate governance. She trained with a large audit firm and spent 14 years as consultant accountant to the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.

Among other roles, Kathryn is a non-executive director of Highways England, Companies House and in March 2019 became Chair of the Office of Tax Simplification.

Kathryn holds a number of non-executive and independent member posts including sitting on the audit committee of the Press Recognition Panel and Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd as well as a member of the External Audit Committee of the International Monetary Fund. She is also on the FRC's Financial Reporting Review Panel and on the Consultative Advisory Group to the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board.

As well as being a member of the Management Board and Audit and Risk committee, Kathryn chairs the UKSC Renumeration Committee.