The Council

Dame Janet Paraskeva

Lay Chair of the Council

Dame Janet was Chief Executive of the Law Society from 2000 to 2006, preparing it for the advent of the Legal Services Act 2007 by establishing the separate regulatory functions for the SRA and the OLC from its representative functions.

She has since served as First Civil Service Commissioner, been an independent member of the Consumer Council for Water, a non-executive director of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, Chair of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and is currently Chair of the Appointments Commission for the States of Jersey.

Dame Janet was made a Privy Councillor to assist in her role as a member of the Detainee Inquiry established by the Prime Minister in 2010.

Alan Cogbill

Lay Member of the Council

Alan spent 35 years in Whitehall, holding senior policy, operational, finance and strategy roles in various government departments. As its first chief executive he led the set-up and operation of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, a small public body.

He is a trustee and audit committee chair of Avenues, a not for profit body which supports people living with disabilities, illness or injuries. He is a senior research associate at UCL Constitution Unit and a member of the Wales Governance Centre’s advisory board.

Alex Clark

Professional Member of the Council

Alex Clark is the Legal Director and Head of Legal Practice for enact Conveyancing Limited. Enact were formerly the housing arm of Addleshaw’s, a major commercial law firm, and now are an ABS whose ultimate beneficial owners are First American Financial Corporation.

Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 1994, Alex, now also a Licensed Conveyancer, has focused on residential and commercial conveyancing latterly specialising in leveraging technology to reduce risk, improve efficiencies and customer service. Alex became the Chair of the CLC’s Remuneration Committee in April 2017 and is a member of the CLC’s Audit Committee.

Andrea Pierce

Professional Member of the Council

Andrea is Director of Legal Services at Kings Court Trust Ltd, a large provider of probate and estate administration based in Bristol. Before joining Kings Court Trust in 2006, Andrea worked as a solicitor focused on private client work.

Colin Wilby

Lay Member of the Council

Colin Wilby worked for over 27 years in the private business sector and over the last 10 years has served on a number of Non-executive Boards with public or social organisations. Colin has non-executive experience in a number of sectors including in regulatory and professional bodies as well as being a lay/independent panel member representing the public/consumer perspective.

Colin’s current and past experience includes:

Chairman, West Kent Housing Association
Non-Executive Director – Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Kent Probation Trust, Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education
Lay Member: Employment Tribunals, Bar Disciplinary Tribunals, Financial Reporting Council Disciplinary Tribunals
Colin has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development for 35 years and was appointed Fellow in 2008.

Heather Foster

Lay Member of the Council

Heather is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, she qualified in 1982 whilst working for an international electronics group. Her work with them included assignments in the USA, Italy and France. Following this, she joined the Ministry of Defence and then the Inland Revenue.

Heather went on to become Finance Director at the Land Registry; during that time she graduated with an Honours degree in Law in 1997 and completed her Legal Practice Course in 2002. She left the Land Registry in 2013.

She has been a lay member of the CLC’s Council and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee since 2014. Heather is also an accredited commercial and workplace mediator through CEDR and a trained family mediator through National Family Mediation. She has a consultancy business and is a volunteer with two local charities in Sussex.

Quinton Quayle

Lay Member of the Council

Quinton Quayle served as British Ambassador to Romania and Thailand before pursuing a career in the private sector. He acquired experience of regulation at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Nursing and Midwifery Council before joining CLC in October 2016.

Quinton currently acts as an Adviser to Thai Beverages, Prudential and Sindicatum Sustainable Resources and sits on the board of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and is a member of the HS2 Need to Sell Panel and the Queen’s Counsel Appointments Panel.

Rob Gurney

Professional Member of the Council

Rob has worked in the residential property industry since 1996. He joined My Home Move in October 2001, qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer shortly after and became Senior Director and Chair of Premier Property Lawyers Ltd (PPL) in 2006.

Rob made history by becoming the first ever Head of Legal Practice in the UK when PPL was granted Alternative Business Structure status in October 2011. Rob is PPL’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer and manages the risk and compliance functions at the firm.

Rob also chairs the “Do the Right Thing” charity committee which raises money for myhomemove’s four adopted charities. He is passionate about how fundraising through staff participation events can directly improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.

Teresa Perchard

Lay Member of the Council

Teresa has a background in regulation, consumer protection and consumer affairs. She was Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens Advice for 13 years until June 2013. Prior to that Teresa held senior policy roles with the Office of Rail Regulation, Office of Water Services and the National Consumer Council.

Teresa’s non-executive portfolio includes being a board member of the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation; Consumer Champion for the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency and Chair of the Affinity Water Customer Scrutiny Group. She is a Trustee of the Fairbanking Foundation.