Sentencing Council

President

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Lord Justice Burnett was called to the Bar in 1980, becoming a pupil and then a member of Temple Garden Chambers, where he practised until May 2008, for the last five years as head of Chambers. His practice was in common law and public law. He was junior counsel for the Crown, Common Law from 1992 and was appointed as a Queens Counsel in 1998. Appointed as a Recorder in 2000, he sat as a part-time judge in the Crown Court trying criminal cases. On appointment to the High Court in 2008 Lord Justice Burnett joined the Queen’s Bench Division hearing civil law, and public law cases in the Administrative Court, trying serious crime out of London and sitting in the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division. He was Presiding Judge of the Western Circuit from 2011 until 2014 when he was appointed to the Court of Appeal. He is the judge of the Court of Appeal with responsibility for extradition cases and is also supervising Lord Justice for immigration and public law appeals.

Council members

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Treacy

Colman Treacy was appointed as Chairman of the Sentencing Council by the Lord Chief Justice, with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor, in November 2013. He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1971. He practised from chambers in Birmingham and was head of chambers from 1994 to 2000.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990, a Recorder in 1991 and to the High Court Bench in 2002. He was Presiding Judge on the Midland Circuit from 2006 to 2009. As a High Court Judge he has sat in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, the Divisional Court, the Queen’s Bench Division, and the Administrative Court and is a Visitor to the Inns of Court.

In July 2012 he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal. He was originally appointed as a member of the Sentencing Council on 6 April 2010.

Simon Byrne QPM

Simon Byrne has been Chief Constable with Cheshire Constabulary since June 2014. In 2015 he became the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for the National Police Air Service.

In December 2015, Simon became the lead for the NPCC Criminal Justice Coordination Committee and was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List. Simon recently became a member of the Criminal Rules Procedure Committee.

He was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 1 September 2016.

Mark Castle OBE

MCastle3 (resized)Mark Castle, Chief Executive of Victim Support, joined the organisation from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, where he was Chief Executive. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Association of Police Authorities following a 31 year career in the army.

He currently sits on a number of boards and committees in criminal justice agencies including the College of Policing.

He was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 17 July 2015.

Rosina Cottage QC

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Rosina Cottage has been a barrister since 1988, practicing in criminal law, and is a Tenant at the Chambers of Max Hill QC, Red Lion Chambers. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011 and appointed Crown Court Recorder in 2012. 

She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 18 July 2016.

District Judge Rebecca Crane

R Crane resizedRebecca Crane was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1998. She practised mainly in criminal law on the Midland and South Eastern Circuits. She was appointed a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Court) and Crown Court Recorder in 2009. She has been a District Judge (Magistrates’ Court) since 2011, and is currently based in Birmingham. She is authorised to hear Youth Court cases, serious sex cases in both the Youth Court and the Crown Court and extradition cases, and is an Independent Prison Adjudicator. 

She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 1 April 2017.

The Honourable Mr Justice Goose

His Honour Judge Julian Goose QC

Julian Goose was called to the Bar in 1984, practicing on the North Eastern Circuit. He became a Recorder in 1999 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002.

He was Head of Zenith Chambers, Leeds from 2004 until 2013 and was a member of 2 Hare Court, Temple. He was made a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2009 and was Vice Chair of the Advocacy Training Council from 2012 until 2014. In 2013 he was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge and Honorary Recorder of Sheffield. With effect from 2 October 2017, he is appointed to the High Court, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division.

He was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 26 June 2014.

Martin Graham

MartinGraham resized (1 of 1)Martin Graham has for several years been the national lead for the Probation Chiefs’ Association and more recently the Probation Institute on courts and sentencing issues.

He was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the Norfolk and Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company from 1 June 2014. He was also appointed as the first Chief Executive of the Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Trust from 1 April 2010. From 2001 to 2010 he was Chief Probation Officer for Norfolk Probation Area.

He was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 1 June 2015.

Jill Gramann JP

JG (1 of 1) copy sm (resized)Jill Gramann has been a Magistrate since 1990 and was Chairman of the Kidderminster Bench from 2011-2013. During that time she also chaired the West Mercia Justices’ Issues Group (2012-13) and led the development and implementation of a scrutiny panel of judicial agencies across West Mercia to oversee the usage of out-of-court disposals by West Mercia Police. She currently sits as a Magistrate on the Worcestershire Bench.

Jill graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies with Psychology. Her links with South America continue through commitment to social outreach projects in the shanty towns of Lima Peru, and the women’s prisons in that city.

By profession, Jill was a market research consultant with her own business for 30 years, providing strategic guidance to public and private sector organisations. She has also served as a director and trustee of disability charities including BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) and SCOPE. She is currently a Non-executive Director of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.

She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 6 April 2015.

The Right Honourable Lady Justice Hallett DBE

Heather Hallett was called to the Bar in 1972. In 1989 she became a QC and was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court. She became a Bencher of Inner Temple in 1993, served as leader of the South Eastern Circuit between 1995 and 1997 and as Director of Public Affairs for the Bar Council.

She became a full-time judge of the Queens Bench Division in 1999 and became a Presiding Judge of the Western Circuit shortly thereafter. She was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 2005. She has served on the Judicial Appointments Commission and is currently Chairman of the Judicial College responsible for judicial training. In 2011 she was appointed Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division and in 2013 she was appointed Vice President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.

She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 27 November 2013.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Holroyde

TH (1 of 1) copy sm (resized)Tim Holroyde was called to the bar by Middle Temple in 1977.  He practised on the Northern Circuit, taking silk in 1996. Throughout his career as a barrister, he prosecuted and defended in criminal cases of all kinds.

He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1994, a Recorder in 1997 and is currently course director of the Judicial College’s serious crimes seminar. He was appointed a High Court Judge in January 2009 and was a Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit for the period 2012-2015. In October 2017 he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal.

He was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 6 April 2015.

The Honourable Mrs Justice McGowan

Maura McGowan was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1980 and took Silk in 2001. She was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1997 and as a Recorder in 2000. She was appointed as a High Court Judge in 2014.

She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 2 January 2017.

Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC

Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC Sarah Munro was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1984. She practised on the Western Circuit from chambers in Exeter, specialising from 1990 onwards in criminal work. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and was a Crown Court Recorder authorised to act as a judge in both the trial and sentencing of serious sexual offence cases.

While practising as a barrister, she conducted the prosecution and defence of all types of criminal cases, including homicide, serious fraud, serious sexual offences, and drug offences including importations. She also conducted prosecutions for HM Revenue and Customs. In 2011 she was appointed a Circuit Judge based at Portsmouth Crown Court. In 2017 she was appointed a Circuit Judge at the Central Criminal Court.

She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 6 April 2013.

Professor Julian Roberts

Professor Julian RobertsJulian Roberts is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Worcester College. His research interests include sentencing, public opinion about crime and criminal justice, and victims and the criminal justice system.

He holds a doctorate in experimental psychology and is currently the editor of the European Journal of Criminology. His books include Punishing Persistent Offenders; Public Opinion, Crime and Criminal Justice; Hearing the Victim and Exploring the Mandatory Life Sentence for Murder.

He was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 6 April 2010.

Alison Saunders

Alison SaundersAlison Saunders was appointed as Director of Public Prosecutions on 1 November 2013. Alison practised as a barrister and joined the CPS in 1986, the year of its formation. She spent her early CPS career prosecuting in CPS London South. In 1991 she moved to the CPS Policy Directorate, rejoining CPS London in 1997 and being promoted to Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor in 1999. Later that year, Alison became Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Sussex and held the post until 2003, when she left to serve as Deputy Legal Advisor to the Attorney General.

She re-joined the CPS two years later, to establish and head the Organised Crime Division (OCD), dealing exclusively with cases from the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre. In December 2009, Alison was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, a post that she held until she became Director of Public Prosecutions. She is the first DPP to be appointed from within the CPS.  As DPP, Alison is responsible for prosecutions, legal issues and criminal justice policy.

She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 1 November 2013.