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Panel Members

Andrew Lockley, Chair

Andrew Lockley 2Andrew Lockley is also Chair of the PCC’s Independent Ethics Panel. He has been a solicitor for over 30 years, latterly as Head of Public Law at the Sheffield-based national law firm, Irwin Mitchell. He retired from Irwin Mitchell in 2013.

He is a non-executive director of the Legal Aid Agency, the government body which administers legal aid throughout England and Wales, where he is also a member of its Audit and Risk Committee.

Among his other roles, Andrew has been a part-time tribunal judge for 18 years, where he has been particularly involved in adjudicating disputes between families and local authorities about children with special educational needs.

As well as having drafted codes of ethics for professions, he is a chair of panels for the General Medical Council and was formerly a legal adviser for teacher’s regulatory panels. 

In the 1980s Andrew was the lead Law Society official on major changes affecting the police, including the content of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and its codes, the setting up of the Crown Prosecution Service and the move towards independent investigation of complaints against the police. He was also one of the architects of the national duty solicitor scheme for police stations.

More recently, as Irwin Mitchell’s lead partner on civil liberties cases, he oversaw cases in which members of the public brought claims against the police.


Linda Christon

Linda ChristonLinda is a member of the PCC’s Independent Ethics Committee. She has worked in the public sector for over 30 years.

She has extensive experience in housing and social care services, and was formerly the Regional Director for the Commission for Social Inspection (now the Care Quality Commission). She has also worked as a management and organisational development consultant.

She has a law degree and post graduate qualifications in housing administration and property management and a Masters degree in business administration.

Linda lives in Barnsley and has spent most of her working life in the Yorkshire and Humber region. She is currently a non-executive director of Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust and is an Independent Board member of St Leger Homes Doncaster.


Sahir Ali

Sahir AliSahir is a member of the Strategic Minority Communities Independent Advisory Panel. She is a passionate a confident individual who has a keen interest in community cohesion and the enrichment of society.

She is a qualified Orthoptist and currently works full time at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital. She is also Chair of Pagehall and Surrounding Residents Association.

Educated in Sheffield, Sahir was Head Girl during her final year at Fir Vale Secondary School and then went on to study at Sheffield University, where she became President of the Orthoptic Society and Secretary of the Pakistani Society.

Sahir has taken part in many multi-faith events to promote peace and harmony between religions and presented at Faith in Leadership, held at Lambeth Palace, London.



Michael Lewis

Michael LewisOriginally from Belfast, Michael trained as a secondary school teacher at the University of York after completing a degree in Modern Languages at Oxford.

He taught for 35 years in comprehensive schools in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Oxfordshire and finally in Sheffield, where, between 1988 and 2008, he was the Headteacher of King Edward VII School, a large, diverse 11-18 school, drawing its students from across the city of Sheffield.

In 2008 Michael was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Sheffield.  He has lived in Sheffield since 1988.

Since retiring from teaching,  he has been involved in mainly voluntary activities, including becoming Chair of Governors (2010-2013) of an inner-city primary school, a trustee of a small-scale medical research charity, a member of the Community Justice Panel and working as an Independent Custody Visitor.

He serves as a member of the Professional Conduct Panel of the National College for Teaching and Leadership and is also a Lay Member for the Employment Tribunal service.

Michael is married with two adult sons. His personal interests include music, travel and sport


Saghir Alam OBE

Saghir Alam

Saghir is a Councillor and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Finance on Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, representing the Boston Castle Ward. 

He is also a leading expert in human rights and diversity, especially in the area of multiple discrimination. He is Chairman of ADD International, a development agency working in poorest countries in Africa and Asia and is a member the Statutory Committee of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, with a special interest in Public Services for All.

He is observer member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability and has previously been an expert member of the Youth Citizen Commission and served as a Lay Advisor to the National Police Improvement Agency and CENTREX former Policing College. He was member of Lord Chancellor's Consultative Committee. He served as Independent Governor at Westminster Foundation for Democracy appointed by Foreign Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In the past Saghir has served three terms as a Disability Rights Commissioner and was a Member of Equality 2025, advising Ministers and senior government officials on public policy in Whitehall. He also served as a Non–Executive Director of the NHS Hospital Trust and National Probation Board and Vice Chairman of a Local Council Standards Board.

He has been Patron of Include Me Too, an organisation that works with children and families who face multiple disadvantage and are often excluded from accessing services. He was awarded OBE in 2006 for public service.


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