Robin Aaronson

Robin Aaronson

Robin was appointed in 2009. He is an economist specialising in competition policy. He is also a member of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)’s specialist utility panel.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Member, Postal Services Commission
  • Economic Adviser, HM Treasury and Ministry of Defence
  • Director of the London office, LECG Corporation
  • Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand)
  • Senior economic adviser, Monopolies and Mergers Commission

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Lesley Ainsworth

Lesley Ainsworth

Lesley was appointed in 2013. She qualified as a solicitor and was a partner in the international law firm Hogan Lovells for 25 years – specialising in EU and UK competition law – until her retirement in 2013. She has practised law in London, Brussels and New York and led the competition practice in the firm’s London office for many years.

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Marisa Cassoni

Marisa Cassoni

Marisa was appointed in 2013. She is a chartered accountant and finance professional with more than 35 years of experience. Her early career was initially in audit but she progressed into advisory services including corporate finance, investigations and restructuring across a variety of industries and jurisdictions in the 1980s. She retired in 2012.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Group Finance Director, John Lewis Partnership
  • Finance Director, Post Office (subsequently Royal Mail)
  • Finance Director of the UK division, Prudential Group

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Sarah Chambers

Sarah Chambers

Sarah was appointed Panel Member Non-Executive Director of the CMA in October 2016, having been a Panel Member of the CMA (and previously the Competition Commission), and of its communications and utility panel, since 2013.

She is also:

  • Member of the Qualifications Committee of the Bar Standards Board
  • Panel Member of the Judicial Appointments Commission
  • Chair of the Applications Panel of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code
  • Member of the Civil Aviation Authority Consumer Panel

Previous career highlights include:

  • Chief Executive, Postal Services Commission
  • Director of Consumer & Competition Policy, Department of Business Innovation & Skills
  • Director of Renewable Energy, Department of Energy & Climate Change

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Roger Finbow

Roger Finbow

Roger was appointed in 2009. He was a partner of international solicitors Ashurst from 1984 to 2009. He spent the final 5 years as Managing Partner of the Corporate Department.

He is the joint author of ‘UK Merger Control: Law and Practice’.

He is currently an adviser at Ashurst and has a number of board and advisory roles in the education, sport, social mobility and career development sectors.

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John Harley

John was appointed in 2013. He was previously a Senior Partner at Ernst & Young (EY). He has also held roles as EY’s Global Head of Private Equity and Global Head of Client Strategy. Prior to this he was a Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Since his retirement in 2011, John has maintained his interest in private equity work and education. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Brighton.

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Rosalind Hedley-Miller

Rosalind Hedley-Miller

Rosalind was appointed in 2013. She worked at Commerzbank AG and its predecessor companies for over 30 years until 2014. She was a Managing Director and, most recently, she had responsibility for the Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory Department in London.

Rosalind is also a member of the CMA’s specialist communications and utility panels.

Other previous career highlights include:

  • Non-executive Director, TV-am
  • Non-executive Director, Bejam Group
  • Member, Industrial Development Advisory Board
  • External member, Finance Committee, Oxford University Press
  • Trustee, Rhodes Trust

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Professor Thomas Hoehn

Thomas Hoehn

Thomas was appointed in 2009 and is a specialist in the application of economic analysis to competition policy and intellectual property with a current interest in data sharing and Smart Cities. He is Visiting Researcher at the Imperial College Business School in London, where he has taught Masters and Executive Education courses on Business Economics, Intellectual Property and Smart Cities.

His current roles also include:

  • Geschäftsführer of Antitrust & TradeRx GmbH, providing expert advice on antitrust and trade policy and intellectual property
  • Consultant to Mazars LLP, providing remedy compliance and monitoring services in EU antitrust and merger control and state aid proceedings

Thomas is also a member of the CMA’s specialist communications and utility panels.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Economics Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Director, Centre for Intellectual Property, Imperial College Business School, London
  • Council member, UK Chapter of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

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Katherine Holmes

Katherine Holmes

Katherine was appointed in 2009. Prior to her appointment she worked in competition law for more than 27 years.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Partner and Head of the Competition Department of the London office of Reed Smith LLP and formerly Richards Butler LLP
  • Senior competition counsel, Guinness plc
  • In-house competition lawyer, CBI
  • Chair of the Joint Working Party of the Bars and Law Societies of the UK on Competition Law

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Michael Hutchings

Michael Hutchings

Michael was appointed in 2013. He is an independent solicitor who advises on competition law and EU law. He was a partner with Lovell White Durrant (now Hogan Lovells) from 1981 until 1996, and managed their Brussels office in the mid-1980s.

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John Krumins

John Krumins

John was appointed in 2013. He is currently also a non-executive director on a number of boards of companies in the technology, data and services sectors. He has a particular interest in these sectors. He also has over 20 years’ experience in banking, with expertise in mergers and acquisitions in domestic and international markets. He has worked extensively on capital raising and restructuring, in both the debt and equity markets.

He holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Senior positions with Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Société Générale
  • Management consultant for Strategic Planning Associates, focusing on the telecommunications, consumer and services sectors

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Professor Robin Mason

Robin Mason

Robin was appointed in 2009. He is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean at the University of Exeter, and Professor of Economics. He is also a Council Member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and a Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He has recently been appointed as a member of the Competition Decisions Committees of the Financial Conduct Authority and of the Payments Systems Regulator.

Robin is also a member of the CMA’s specialist communications panel.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Eric Roll Professor of Economics and Head of Economics, University of Southampton
  • Adviser on competition policy for Ofcom, the Prime Minister of Mauritius and private sector clients, particularly in the telecommunications sector
  • Part-time consultant for Orange, BT, Ofcom, Ofgem, ComReg (the Irish communications regulator) and Cambridge Economic Policy Associates (CEPA)
  • Member, Research Grants Board, Economics and Social Research Council

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Jill May

Jill May

Jill was appointed in 2013 and was a Panel Member Non-executive Director of the CMA until 30 September 2016. She is a Non-executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Council Member of Durham University and a Complaints Committee Member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Member of Council, The National Trust
  • Managing Director, UBS AG, Strategy
  • Mergers & Acquisitions at S.G. Warburg & Co Ltd

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Tony Morris

Anthony Morris

Tony was appointed in 2009. He is a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience of UK and EU competition law. Before retiring in May 2009, he spent 24 years as a partner with Linklaters international law firm. He specialised in the control of cartels and mergers and the conduct of industry competition inquiries.

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Malcolm Nicholson

Malcolm Nicholson

Malcolm was appointed in 2009. He was a partner at Slaughter and May, specialising in competition law for over 25 years until his retirement in 2009.

Since 2012 he has been a member of the Conduct Committee and Chair of the Case Management Committee at the Financial Reporting Council.

Other previous career highlights include:

  • Non-executive Director, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority

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Stephen Oram

Stephen Oram

Stephen was appointed in 2009. He worked for 28 years at director level in the regional and national newspaper industry and as a chief executive of daily, weekly and free regional newspapers. He was Director of the Newspaper Publishers Association for 10 years.

Stephen is currently also:

  • Director of the London Press Club
  • Non-executive Chairman of SHOPS (National Newspaper Advertising Safe Home Ordering Protection Scheme)
  • National Secretary of the Western Front Association and Chairman of OPUS (Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society) Ltd
  • Trustee of a professional association of psychoanalysts

Stephen is also a member of the CMA’s specialist communications panel and newspaper panel.

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Andrew Popham

Andrew Popham

Andrew was appointed in 2013 and is a chartered accountant. From 1987 to 2012 he was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, most recently as global head of compliance. From 2006 to 2010 he worked in Tokyo and Hong Kong as risk, quality and regulatory leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Asia-Pacific region.

He is an external member of the audit committee of the National Trust and a Trustee of SOAS, University of London.

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Gavin Robert

Gavin Robert

Gavin was appointed in 2013. He is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in EU and UK competition law. He was a partner with international law firm Linklaters for 14 years until his retirement in 2013. He now works as a part-time consultant at Linklaters.

He is also an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Cambridge University – teaching a module on international merger control as part of their Masters in Corporate Law programme.

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Jayne Scott

Jayne Scott

Jayne was appointed in 2013 and has a background in accountancy and finance. She is currently a non-executive director of both the Marine Management Organisation, Registers of Scotland and the Professional Standards Authority. She won the Scottish Finance Director of the Year Award for the public sector in 1998.

Jayne has her own consultancy company, the Scott Ross Partnership, which focuses on the health and education sectors.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chair, Ofgem
  • Deputy Chair, ENTRUST
  • Director of Finance and Performance Management, Fife Health Board
  • Contracts and Finance Manager, Lothian Health Board
  • Chartered accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Graham Sharp

Graham was appointed in 2013. He was a main board director of Samuel Montagu & Co and as a corporate financier he advised clients in a number of sectors including financial services, media and property. As a businessman he co-founded and spent a number of years developing a successful property investment company. He then became an academic, carrying out research in corporate strategy focusing on the financial services sector before returning to corporate finance advising companies based in Asia on expansion in Europe. He also served as a Trustee of The Victoria Convalescent Trust, a national charity providing respite care.

Graham is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and has a number of degrees including a MSc from London Business School and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

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Ed Smith

Ed Smith

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Bob Spedding

Bob Spedding

Bob was appointed in 2013. He has a law degree and is a qualified chartered accountant. He retired in 2011 after 25 years as a partner at KPMG where he worked with a wide range of organisations providing audit, transaction and advisory services. His final role was as Head of Advisory Risk Management for KPMG Europe LLP.

He was also Chair of the Audit Committee of the Law Society from 2010 to December 2015.

He is currently:

  • Non-executive Director, Chair of the Audit Committee and Member, Remuneration Committee, Coal Authority
  • Council Member and Chair, Audit Committee of The Open University

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Jon Stern

Jon Stern

Jon was appointed in 2013 and is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at City University, London, and a Visiting Fellow at the Judge Business School, Cambridge. From 2005 to 2013, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy (CCRP), City University. He is an Associate Researcher at EPRG (Energy Policy Research Group), University of Cambridge.

Jon is a member of the Office of Rail and Road’s and Ofwat’s advisory panels. He has worked as an economist peer reviewer for institutions including the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Financial Services Authority Consumer Panel.

Jon is also a member of the CMA’s specialist communications and utility panels.

Other previous career highlights include:

  • Associate Director, Regulation Initiative at the London Business School
  • Senior Adviser, CEPA (Cambridge Economic Policy Associates)
  • Member, RP1-X Advisory Panel, Ofgem

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Tim Tutton

Tim Tutton

Tim was appointed in 2013 and is an economist specialising in economic regulation, especially in the energy sector. He’s currently an independent economic consultant, a non-executive director of Bristol Water plc and an Honorary University Fellow in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at Exeter University.

Tim is also a member of the CMA’s specialist communications and utility panels.

Previous career highlights include:

  • UK Director of Regulation, National Grid
  • Director of UK Utility Regulation, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Senior Adviser, Oxera

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