Robin appointed Chair of the Board of Barnfield College

Robin has been appointed the Chair of the Board at Barnfield College.

This involves providing leadership to a previously failing high profile ‘Beacon’ Further Education College in ‘special measures’ of nearly 10,000 students following receipt of Notices to Improve and deficit budgets. Role included appointing entire Senior Management Team, implementing new governance structures, working with the executive to identify business strategies, budget setting, resource planning and an £80m relocation programme. Successful exit of special measures and improvement out of an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating. “Robin has been an inspiration… clear professional people skills and high intellect with seasoned skill and authenticity, in a manner to engage and motivate.”

appointed Non-exec Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee – Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group

Robin has been appointed a non-exec Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee for the Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

In this role, Robin provides strategic and audit advice and input to an NHS body for London’s largest borough. The CCG commissions over £400 million of primary and secondary healthcare provision and support services for a population of 369,000 residents.

appointed Judge at the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition – Paris

Robin has been appointed a Judge for the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris.

This involved judging a six day competition consisting of 150 mock mediations. Over 500 participants in 66 teams from leading global law schools from more than 40 countries. Participation in round table of some of the profession’s highest profile mediators and academics.

For more information on the competition click here

Completes redrafting a new Code of Conduct for the Construction Industry Council

Robin has completed a project to re-write the Code of Conduct for the Construction Industry Council Approved Inspector Register. The Code covers the statutory professional regulator scheme covering professionals who conduct Buildings Regulations inspections.

The new Code, which can be seen here, was approved by the Secretary of State.

Following the work, Robin received the following testimonial:

“The end result is a testament to the positive and open way that this piece of work was approached and the new Code of Conduct will go a long way towards driving up standards in the sector.”

Robin completes training for the Irish Medical Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

Robin has recently completed Board and Panel Member training for the Irish Medical Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

The topics included:

  • Emerging trends and innovations in health regulation
  • Approach to dishonesty
  • Inquisitorial or adversarial panel questioning
  • Unconscious and cognitive bias
  • Proceeding in absence
  • Privacy applications
  • Structured decision making
  • Sanctions – including comparative analysis with UK regulators
  • The importance of protecting the reputation of the profession
  • Drafting minutes and reasons

Robin completes ODR consultancy project for Mishcon de Reya

Having previously been appointed a consultant to leading law firm Mishcon de Reya, Robin has recently completed a high level advisory and strategic project reporting to the CEO and Board in respect of a Feasibility Study and Peer Review of the potential for an online arbitration service for family property disputes.

Feedback from the work: “It’s excellent… It really has been well received… a great piece of work and we’re much further down the road than we thought possible.”

Professor Richard Susskind OBE comments on Robin’s competence

Whilst working for leading law firm Mishcon de Reya, Robin had the fortune to work with Professor Richard Susskind OBE who commented on his competence “you have a remarkable set of experiences … all leading up to ODR, in my view!”

Professor Susskind is widely acknowledged to be a leading authority on innovation and development of law and technology.

Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which the IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers. He has worked on legal technology for over 30 years. He lectures internationally, has written many books, and advised on numerous government inquiries.

Richard lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries and has addressed audiences (in person and electronically), numbering more than 250,000. He has written and edited numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000), The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005), The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013), and has written around 150 columns for The Times. His work has been translated into 10 languages.

More information on Professor Susskind

appointed as Arbitrator and Mediator to WIPO

Robin has been appointed as both an Arbitrator and Mediator to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 189 member states.

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is a neutral, international and non-profit dispute resolution provider that offers time- and cost-efficient alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options. WIPO mediation, arbitration, expedited arbitration, and expert determination enable private parties to efficiently settle their domestic or cross-border IP and technology disputes out of court. The WIPO Center is also the global leader in the provision of domain name dispute resolution services under the WIPO-designed UDRP.

WIPO has particular strength resolving disputes in respect of internet domain names. It provides time- and cost-efficient mechanisms to resolve internet domain name disputes, without the need for court litigation. This service includes the WIPO-initiated Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), under which the WIPO Center has processed over 37,000 cases.

appointed Vice Chair of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Robin has been appointed Vice Chair of the Disciplinary Conduct Committee of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. This involves chairing hearings in respect of allegations of professional misconduct against CIMA members.

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. Through our partnership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) we support and give voice to 150,000 Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) across the globe.