Magistrates’ Leadership Executive

The Magistrates’ Leadership Executive (MLE) was formed in October 2018 following extensive consultation and with support of senior judiciary.

It evolved from National Bench Chairs’ Forum and was prompted by 2016 Justice Select Committee Report which concluded that there was a need for strategic leadership and a meaningful strategy for supporting and developing the magistracy.

MLE’s core purpose is to support the governance of Magistrates’ courts and represent the interests of the magistracy.

It works collaboratively with senior judiciary, the Ministry of Justice and His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service both locally and nationally.

MLE provide leadership support for regional leaders and Bench Chairs and publish/share relevant information, guidance and best practice with all magistrates.

Leadership Magistrates

Duncan Webster, National Leadership Magistrate
Alexia Fetherstonhaugh, London Regional Leadership Magistrate
Andrew Wood, Midlands Regional Leadership Magistrate
Emily Aitken-Fell, North East Regional Leadership Magistrate
Paul Wright, North West Regional Leadership Magistrate
Mary Tuckett, South East Regional Leadership Magistrate
Thura KT Win JP LLM FCMI MCIArb, South West Regional Leadership Magistrate
Lisa Gerson, Wales Leadership Magistrate

Co-opted members

Luke Rigg, Lead Diversity and Community Relations Magistrate
Simon Massarella, National Digital Lead
Chris Juden, Deputy National Digital Lead
Tom Quarton-Manuel, Associate member
Caleb Stevens, Associate member
Khadija Stone, Associate member
Ashley Mason, Associate member

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