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Andrew Lockley, Chair

Andrew Lockley is a resident of South Yorkshire for 18 years, 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 now also sits on the Board 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. The Agency is responsible for £1.6bn of public money each year. Andrew Lockley

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.

Professional ethics have been a particular area of interest for many years. As well as having drafted codes of ethics for professions, he is on the panel of legal assessors for the General Medical Council and (formerly) for teachers’ regulators. 

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 has worked in the public sector for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in housing and social care services, and was fLinda Christonormerly 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.




Ann Macaskill

Ann is Head of Research Ethics and Professor of Health Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a Registered Practitioner Health Psychologist with the Health Professions Council, UK, a qualified psychotherapist, and a principal fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.Ann Macaskill

Her research interests are in health and well-being, positive psychology and research methodology. She has published extensively having peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, a widely used textbook on individual differences now in its third edition, and a self-help book on forgiveness.

Ann began her career in psychology at the University of Aberdeen studying for an MA and a PhD.  This was followed by a postdoctoral research post at the University of Edinburgh before returning to  lecture in Aberdeen, and then on to the MRC Applied Psychology Unit at the University of Sheffield. Ann set up the Psychology Department at Sheffield Hallam University. The British Psychological Society approved the degree in November 1992. She was Head of Department in psychology from 1991-2000, building up the department.  She became a Reader in Psychology in 2001, was awarded a Personal Chair in 2005 and became head of Research Ethics in 2004.

Ann is married to Norman, a psychiatrist, and they have two grown up children, Sean and Fiona.


Mohammad Ismail

(Imam) Sh. Mohammad Ismail is a prominent Imam and scholar from Sheffield.

Mohammad IsmailAt present he works as the Muslim chaplain in the multi-faith chaplaincy in The University of Sheffield and community advisor in safeguarding.

He worked as an independent education consultant. He served the community as a lead Imam, teacher, lecturer and community worker for more than 30 years. He helped in integration of different communities as a member of Sheffield Faith Leaders Group.

After studying theology, Arabic and Eastern languages, he joined Sheffield Polytechnic (Hallam) and Sheffield University to study and conduct research in education.

He has been actively involved in multi-faith work nationally and locally for more than 30 years works tirelessly to promote community cohesion.


Michael Lewis

Originally 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 Michael LewisSheffield, 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.


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