Our governance

The main decision-making board and committees of the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).

OPG board

The OPG board ensures that we meet the objectives in our business plan. It meets once a month.

OPG board members

OPG board members make decisions as a group, not as representatives of any business area. Current members are:

  • Nick Goodwin, Public Guardian and chief executive (chair)
  • Sunil Teeluck, deputy director of legal and information
  • Julie Lindsay, chief operating officer
  • Jan Sensier, deputy director of strategy and corporate services
  • Shrinivas Honap, non-executive director
  • Alison Sansome, non-executive director
  • Karin Woodley, non-executive director
  • Abigail Plenty, deputy director, vulnerability policy team
  • Paul Henson, deputy director of finance (MoJ)

OPG executive management committee

The OPG executive management committee makes and reports on decisions in OPG. It meets once a month.

OPG executive management committee members

Current members are:

  • Nick Goodwin, chief executive and Public Guardian
  • Sunil Teeluck, deputy director of legal and information
  • Julie Lindsay, chief operating officer
  • Jan Sensier, deputy director of strategy and corporate services
  • Iain Dougall, head of power of attorney service
  • Ria Baxendale, head of policy
  • Chris Jones, head of performance, planning and business development
  • Helen Journeaux, head of governance, assurance and corporate services
  • Marie (Rie) Lane, head of people development
  • Jill Twigger, head of supervision and investigation services
  • Paul Henson, deputy director of finance (MoJ)
  • May Smith, senior finance business partner
  • Gemma Harvey, head of management accounts and business partnering
  • Meera Bhalla, HR business partner
  • Lucy Denton, head of communications
  • Su Morgan, head of digital

OPG audit and risk assurance committee

The OPG audit and risk assurance committee advises the principal accounting officer and the executive management board on:

  • risk management, control and governance processes
  • the statement on internal control
  • accounting policy and the accounts for the Ministry of Justice (MOJ)
  • planned audits
  • the results of internal and external audits
  • management responses to issues raised during an audit
  • anti-fraud policies, whistleblowing processes and details for special investigations
  • how well OPG meets the Ministry of Justice corporate governance rules

The committee meets 4 times a year.

OPG audit and risk assurance committee members

Current members are:

  • Nick Goodwin, chief executive and Public Guardian
  • Shrinivas Honap, non-executive director (chair)
  • Karin Woodley, non-executive director
  • Anne Fletcher, independent member