Press release

New appointment to HM Courts and Tribunals Service Board

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A new non-executive director, Victoria Cochrane, has been appointed to the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) Board.

A new non-executive director, Victoria Cochrane, has been appointed to the HMCTS Board by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice.

Commenting on her appointment, Robert Ayling, Board chair, said:

I warmly welcome Victoria Cochrane to the Board of HMCTS and look forward to working with her. The planned reforms to the service and the work of the Board itself will greatly benefit from her commercial and management experiences and legal background.

The appointment follows the appointments of Rachel Osborne and Ian Playford as non-executive directors in August 2014 and Natalie Ceeney as the new Chief Executive who takes up her role from 5 January 2015, to complete the restructuring of the Board of HMCTS.

Victoria’s most recent role was as a member of the Global Executive Board at Ernst & Young, where she was responsible for risk worldwide and led on large scale transformation.

Notes

  1. HMCTS is an agency of the Ministry of Justice. The agency is responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales and non-devolved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  2. The HMCTS Board is responsible for overseeing the leadership and direction of the agency in delivering the aim and objectives set by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice.
  3. Non-executive directors support the Chairman in taking forward the Board’s responsibilities and help facilitate the partnership between the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals in the administration of the courts and tribunals. More detail on the role of the Board and non-executive directors is set out in the HMCTS framework document.
  4. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals announced on 28 March 2014 new investment to enable the delivery of a more effective, efficient and high performing courts and tribunals’ administration - through the use of modern technology, an improved estate and modernisation of current working practices.
  5. The reform programme will be enabled by new investment averaging up to £75 million per annum for each of the 5 years from 2015/16. We expect the reform programme to deliver savings in excess of £100 million per year by 2019/20.
  6. For more information please contact HMCTS press office on 020 3334 6697.