Members of staff

Communications, Policy & Services


Director of Communications & Marketing

Steven Rudaini

Senior Public Affairs and Communications Advisor

Luke Robins-Grace

Communications Officer (Policy & Campaigns)

Shiryn Sayani

Communications and Marketing Executive

Jezelle Greenaway


Director of Policy 
Phil Robertson

Phil joined the Bar Council in January 2015. He began his career qualifying as a Scots solicitor after studying Law at the University of Edinburgh. He then worked as a pensions solicitor in London at Slaughter and May and Eversheds LLP. Marriage to an Army lawyer took Phil to Cyprus for four and a half years during which time he worked in policy for a military charity, working with the chain of command to represent and promote the interests of Army families. On returning to the UK Phil launched a new arm of the charity, with responsibility for representing all families on overseas postings, some 80 countries. Phil's work at the Bar Council covers policy analysis and development, stakeholder liaison and engagement, project and programme management, leadership and management.

Head of Policy, Legal Affairs & Practice and Ethics
Ellie Cumbo

Ellie joined the Bar Council in June 2016. Prior to this, she spent most of her career working on strategy, research and campaigns in the voluntary sector, including advising hundreds of offender rehabilitation charities on 2015’s major probation reforms. She was previously the policy lead on Restorative Justice and Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme at Victim Support, and has also coordinated a network of women’s services campaigning to prevent gendered violence at the End Violence Against Women Coalition. Ellie studied English Literature at Oxford University; she went on to undertake the GDL and is a member of Middle Temple. At the Bar Council, she manages the Ethical Enquiries Service and works closely with the Chair and the Legal Services Committee and Ethics Committee to influence government, the BSB and other stakeholders on important policy and practice developments affecting the Bar.

Policy Analyst, Legal Affairs & Practice and Ethics 

Melanie Mylvaganam

Mel joined the Bar Council in August 2015. She has a BA (Hon) in English Literature and Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. Mel has worked in communications, regulatory policy and taught English in Thailand before coming to the UK and beginning work at the Bar Council. Around work, Mel is also currently undertaking a part-time MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London. Mel’s policy areas cover IT, anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing, ethics and Brexit. Mel is also an Ethical Advisor on the Ethical Enquiries Service.

Policy Analyst, Legal Affairs & Practice and Ethics

Onyeka Onyekwelu

Onyeka joined Bar Council in January 2016. Prior to this, she studied Law at the University of Manchester and was called to the Bar in 2013. She then spent time working as a Gender Rights Advocate in and out of courts abroad. During her time there, Onyeka worked on initiatives such as the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and lobbied to eradicate discriminative gender practices. Onyeka is responsible for managing the work of the Young Barristers' Committee and the ADR Panel. She also assists the Equality, Diversity & CSR and Education team. Onyeka's work covers policy analysis and development, delivering training, stakeholder engagement and management, and project management (including sourcing funding). 

Head of Policy, Regulatory Issues and Law Reform
Natalie Darby

Head of Policy, Remuneration and Employed Bar
Adrian Vincent

Head of Policy, Equality & Diversity and CSR
Sam Mercer

Sam joined Bar Council in June 2013. Prior to this, she worked on a portfolio of consultancy projects for blue-chip companies, NHS Trusts, charities and government and was Workplace Director at Business In the Community (BITC), the UK’s leading business-led charity promoting responsible business practice. She also worked on a gender equality campaign in Tanzania and holds a Masters in Corporate Social Responsibility. Sam is an award-winning campaigner and her work at Bar Council includes the Bar Mentoring Service, Wellbeing at the Bar, Snapshot research on the experience of women at the Bar, the ‘EDO Network’ and the Equality & Diversity Helpline. 

Policy Analyst, Education & Training

Benjamin Burns

Ben joined Bar Council in July 2017. He read philosophy at the University of York, including a year on exchange in California. After completing the GDL and BPTC at City University, he was awarded a scholarship by the International Bar Association, to spend a summer working at a legal aid clinic in Cape Town. For two years, Ben taught A-level law and worked as a policy consultant for a group of schools. At the Bar Council, Ben is focussed on improving access to the profession, with lead responsibility for policy and project work in education and training. Key projects include the Pupillage Gateway, the Pupillage Fair, the Bar Placement Scheme and Future Bar Training. 

Head of Policy, International
Christian Wisskirchen  

Policy Analyst, International

Jessica Crofts-Lawrence


Commercial Director 
Isabel DiVanna

Head of Commercial Services and Development
Lois Clark

Head of BARCO

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Director of Finance
David Botha
DDI: 020 7611 1358

Human Resources

Human Resources Director
Catherine Shaw

Information Services

Chief Information Officer 
Poli Avramidis
DDI: 0203 657 4013

Head of Information Services 
Robert McCracken 
DDI: 020 7611 1359  

Office Management

Head of Facilities and Property 
Andy Curtis
DDI: 020 7611 1300

Project Management Office

Head of Project Management Office
Richard Thompson 


Records Manager
John Mathias


Executive Office

Head of Governance

Natalie Zara

Executive Officer

Vivien Kintu 

Executive Support Assistant

Zahra Munshi 

Special Advisor to the Chair on Representation and Policy 

Mark Hatcher

Mark Hatcher is the Bar Council's Special Advisor to the Chairman on Representation and Policy.

From 2000-2003 Mark was a member of the Regulatory and Professional Affairs Board and Head of Global Public Affairs for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In 2006 he was appointed to lead the Bar Council's Representation and Policy Directorate after having established the public policy advocacy practice of a leading City-based corporate and financial communications consultancy.

Mark was Called to the Bar by Middle Temple after graduating from the University of Oxford, where he won the Winter Williams Law Prize. He is also an ad eundem member of Lincoln's Inn. Mark practised at 3 New Square chambers before joining the Law Commission to work on family and private international law reform. He subsequently worked in the House of Lords, in the Legislation Group of the Lord Chancellor's Department (now the Ministry of Justice), before leaving Whitehall to join the Strategy, Policy and Economics Group of Coopers & Lybrand's management consultancy, where he established the firm's public affairs consulting practice.

Mark has led a number of the Bar's Parliamentary campaigns and played a key role in establishing the Bar Council's Communications and Member Services departments, directing the Bar's media relations and developing the Bar Council's international relations functions (including its Brussels Office).

Mark is a Bencher of Middle Temple, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Corporate and European Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust. He is also a non-stipendiary priest in the Church of England and was appointed Reader of the Temple in 2015. He is married to Clare, a partner in a City law firm. 

The Brussels Office

Consultant Director
Evanna Fruithof 
Tel: 00 322 230 4810

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