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:

  • Alan Eccles, Public Guardian and chief executive (chair)
  • Sally Jones, head of legal
  • Julie Lindsay, chief operating officer
  • Jan Sensier, deputy director of strategy, policy development, planning and resourcing
  • Shrinivas Honap, non-executive director
  • Alison Sansome, non-executive director
  • Karin Woodley, non-executive director
  • Elizabeth Gibby, deputy director, family justice
  • MOJ finance representative

OPG board minutes

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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:

  • Alan Eccles, Public Guardian and chief executive (chair)
  • Sally Jones, head of legal
  • Julie Lindsay, chief operating officer
  • Jan Sensier, deputy director of strategy, policy development, planning and resourcing
  • Helen Journeaux, head of Public Guardian’s office
  • Iain Dougall, head of power of attorney service
  • Angela Johnson, head of policy and practice
  • Ria Baxendale, head of supervision and investigation services
  • Chris Jones, head of performance, planning and business development
  • MOJ finance representative

OPG executive management committee minutes

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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:

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

OPG audit and risk assurance committee minutes

Email opgexecsupportteam@publicguardian.gsi.gov.uk to get copies of the minutes.