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:

  • Stuart Howard, interim Public Guardian
  • Julie Lindsay, chief operating officer
  • Ruth Duffin, deputy director of strategy and central services
  • Martyn Burke, non-executive director
  • Alison Sansome, non-executive director
  • Karin Woodley, non-executive director
  • Abigail Plenty, deputy director, vulnerability policy team
  • Georgia Bottomley, deputy director of finance business partnering (MoJ)

OPG executive committee

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

OPG executive committee members

Current members are:

  • Stuart Howard, interim Public Guardian
  • Julie Lindsay, chief operating officer
  • Ruth Duffin, deputy director of strategy and central services
  • Louisa Harrison, senior finance business partner

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:

  • Stuart Howard, interim Public Guardian
  • Martyn Burke, non-executive director (chair)
  • Karin Woodley, non-executive director
  • Jackie Craissati, independent member