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New Chief Executive for Judicial Office

|Media Release

Andrew Key takes up the post of Chief Executive of the Judicial Office next month.

Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, said: “The Senior President of Tribunals Sir Ernest Ryder and I warmly welcome Andrew to the Judicial Office and we look forward to working with him.

“This is an exciting time to join the Judicial Office, as the judiciary continues its work with Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service to deliver a court reform programme of unprecedented scale.”

“Andrew has had an impressive and varied Civil Service career spent mainly in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  I know that he is looking forward to his new role, and I am sure he will provide excellent leadership under which JO will continue to develop.”

The Judicial Office supports the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals in their statutory roles as heads of the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

The new chief executive was Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Beijing for three years until July 2015. He has held a number of other posts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since joining as a graduate in 1992, including Deputy Director of Human Resources and Ambassador to Macedonia.

He is currently working at the Department of Health, building international support for action to tackle anti-microbial resistance.

Andrew Key replaces Jillian Kay who has been chief executive of the Judicial Office since January 2013, and is moving to become director of Local Government Policy at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

For further information contact Stephen Ward or Michael Duncan, in the Judicial Office Press Office, 020 7073 4852 or email

Editors Notes

  • The Judicial Office was set up under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 which laid down new statutory responsibilities for the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor.
  • The latest reports of the work of the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals.
  • Photographs of Andrew Key are available on request.


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