Meet the team

The Bar Council Communications team act as press officers and provide advice on the Bar Council's internal and external communications and public affairs activities.

Director of External Relations & Communication

Steve joined the Bar Council as Head of Communications in September 2014. Previously, he worked as Public Relations Manager for global accountancy body, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) where he worked across a number of markets on a range of PR campaigns, social as well as traditional media activity.

Prior to ACCA, Steve worked as a press officer at the Law Society of England & Wales where he was involved in a broad spectrum of communications strategies, including member-facing and consumer-focused campaigns. Steve began his career as a journalist with the Trinity Mirror Group before making the move into PR by joining Mattison Public Relations. 

Steve has an LLB (Law) undergraduate degree and an MSc in Politics & Government. 

Senior Public Affairs and Communications Advisor

Luke joined the Bar Council as Public Affairs and Communications Advisor in July 2014. Previously he worked as a teacher in a North London secondary school where he was head of Citizenship and taught A-level Politics, as well as History and English.

Prior to this Luke worked for The Communication Group where he managed public affairs campaigns, developed media strategies, and produced communications collateral for a range of clients in the property and gaming sectors. He also worked for managing parliamentary intelligence for high profile financial services clients.

Luke has a BA in Politics, a PGCE in History and accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. He is currently an associate public affairs trainer with the International School of Communications.

Communications Officer (Policy & Campaigns)

Shiryn joined the Bar Council as a Policy Assistant in January 2017 and made the move to the Communications Team in December 2017 to focus on leading communications campaigns relating to the Bar Council’s policy work.

Prior to joining the Bar Council, Shiryn graduated from university in July 2016 and then travelled to the US, where she interned at the District Attorney’s office in Athens, GA. She returned home to intern for Amicus ALJ, a death penalty charity, which furthered her interest in justice issues and human rights. She has also volunteered for Gloucester Law Centre, providing support in their immigration and social housing departments, and has interned at the BBC.

Shiryn has an LLB Law degree from the University of Exeter.