Sentencing Council

President

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

Lord 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 Queen’s 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 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. In 2009 Lord Burnett was appointed Deputy Chair of the Security Vetting Appeals Panel. He was Presiding Judge of the Western Circuit from 2011 until 2014 and was then appointed to the Court of Appeal. He was the judge of the Court of Appeal with responsibility for extradition cases and was also supervising Lord Justice for immigration and public law appeals. Lord Burnett was appointed the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales in October 2017.

Council members

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Holroyde

TH (1 of 1) copy sm (resized)Tim Holroyde was appointed as Chairman of the Sentencing Council by the Lord Chief Justice, with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor, in August 2018.

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

Rob Butler JP

Rob Butler is a magistrate in west London, where he chairs the Youth panel and is past chair of the Probation Liaison Forum. He is a non-executive director of HM Prison and Probation Service. Rob was previously a board member of the Youth Justice Board, the MOJ’s Youth Custody Improvement Board and the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP YOI Feltham.

Formerly a broadcast journalist, Rob is now a professional strategic-communication adviser. He was appointed to the Council on 5 April 2018.

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.

Her Honour Judge Rosa Dean

Rosa Dean was called to the bar in 1993 and practiced mainly criminal law on the Midlands and South Eastern Circuits. In 2006 she was appointed as a Deputy District Judge (crime) and in 2011 became a Circuit Judge. She is the resident judge at Harrow Crown Court and a course director with the Judicial College.

She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 5 April 2018.

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.

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.

Max Hill QC

Max Hill QC is the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). He was appointed by the Attorney General and took up post on 1 November 2018.

Max was born in Hertfordshire in 1964. He attended state primary schools and, following a family move to Northumberland, the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne. He won a scholarship to study Law at St Peter’s College, Oxford 1983-6. He qualified as a barrister in 1987 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008.

While at the bar, Max both defended and prosecuted in complex cases including homicides, violent crime, terrorism, high value fraud and corporate crime. He was instructed in many of the most significant and high-profile murder trials in recent years, including the second set of trials concerning the killing of Damilola Taylor, and the London bombings of 2005. 

From March 2017 to October 2018 Max was the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. As the Independent Reviewer, he compiled reports including an investigative review of the use of terrorism legislation following the Westminster Bridge attacks.

Max was also the Leader of the South Eastern Circuit from 2014 to 2016, Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association from 2011 to 2012, and Chairman of the Kalisher Trust from 2014 to 2018.  Until his appointment as DPP Max was Head of Red Lion Chambers.

He was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 1 November 2018.

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. In 2013 she became Chair of the Bar Council. 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.

Dr Alpa Parmar

Alpa Parmar is a Socio-Legal Scholar of Criminal Justice at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford who specialises in the intersections of race and criminal justice. She has conducted a range of empirical research projects and published on minority ethnic groups and their experiences of the criminal justice process. Alpa was a member of the advisory group for the Restorative Justice Council’s project on the experiences of BAME groups and she served as an academic expert on the Lammy Review. She holds a doctorate from Cambridge University and was previously British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Kings College, London.

Alpa was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 6 April 2018.

Beverley Thompson OBE

Beverley Thompson has spent over 30 years working in the criminal justice sector initially as a probation officer in London. She was Director for Race, Prisons and Resettlement Services at NACRO for 10 years and is currently an Independent consultant having recently worked on a Lammy-related project for HMPPS. She works across the UK, Australia, USA & Canada on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion strategies. Prior to this, she was a Senior Civil Servant at HMPS and was awarded an OBE for services to Race Equality in 2000. Furthermore, she has been the Chief Executive of Northampton Probation Service.

She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 15 June 2018.