Our Judges

Our Judges

JON BOUTCHER (QPM)

CHIEF CONSTABLE, BEDFORDSHIRE POLICE

Jon Boutcher was appointed Chief Constable in June 2015. He joined Bedfordshire Police as Deputy Chief Constable in 2014, having previously served as a Assistant Chief
Constable of Hertfordshire Police.

He has 30 years’ police service that has been spent almost entirely as a detective.He served as a detective in Kennington, South London, before moving to Brixton as a detective sergeant

GARY SWEET

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF LUTON TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

Luton Town chief executive Gary Sweet orchestrated the Club’s exit from administration during 2008/09, uniting a small number of supporters and businessmen who invested
into a long-term plan to stabilise the Hatters.Overwhelming points deductions handed down from the FA and the Football League made it impossible for the Hatters to remain in League 2 in 2009, but the Club won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and celebrated a return to the League following their Football Conference title success of 2013/14. During a career with various global corporations, Gary began his involvement in football by becoming a founder director of the Luton Town supporters Trust –Trust in Luton – in 2002.

KELVIN HOPKINS MP

Kelvin Hopkins MP was first elected to Parliament for Luton North in 1997 and was re-elected in 2001 and 2005. In 2010 he was re-elected with almost 50 percent of the vote. Kelvin grew up in High Barnet but has lived in Luton for over 40 years. His son and daughter both went to schools in Luton and then to the Sixth Form College where Kelvin is a governor. Before being elected to parliament, Kelvin worked for the Trades Union Congress (TUC) as an economist in 1969, and rejoined the TUC following his stint in education in 1973. He was appointed as a policy and research officer with NALGO in 1977, leaving its successor UNISON in 1994. He has been a councillor on Luton Borough council. In parliament, he is a member of many all-party groups and is the chairman of the group on further education and lifelong learning. He is on the left wing of the
Labour Party, being a member of the Socialist Campaign Group.

GAVIN SHUKER MP

Gavin was born at the L&D hospital, the son of a Vauxhall worker. He was raised and went to school in Luton – first to Icknield Primary and then to Icknield High School and Luton Sixth Form College. Gavin studied social and political sciences at Cambridge University. At Cambridge he met his wife Lucie. After Cambridge Gavin returned to Luton to work for a local church.

He was elected to parliament in May 2010 as the Labour and Co-operative MP for Luton South. In October 2010, he was appointed PPS to the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Sadiq Khan MP, and was appointed to the transport select committee. In March 2011 he was promoted again to become Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment in the DEFRA team. Gavin is the youngest serving frontbencher in Parliament.He lives in Luton with his wife Lucie and commutes to parliament.

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER PAUL M FULLER CBE

BEDFORDSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Paul Fuller joined Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service as Chief Fire Officer on 18 February 2002. Paul is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, he has completed a Master of Science in Human Resources Management, Batchelor of Science in Fire Safety Technology and Management. He is a member of the Bedfordshire St John County Priory Group, the Police Partnership Board, Children’s Burns Camp, and Chair of the Bedfordshire and Luton Chief Executive Forum. He is a Committee Member for the Fire Service Parliamentary Scheme.

Paul was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2012. Chief Officer Fuller was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medalfor exemplary service in the Birthday Honours 2008 and made Commander of the British Empire by her Majesty in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.

ROBIN PORTER

DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LUTON BOROUGH COUNCIL

Robin has worked in the public sector for five years during which time he has had five roles for Luton Borough Council. In January 2017, he was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive of Luton Borough Council. In addition to his existing duties, Mr Porter will provide support for Chief Executive and the Corporate Management team in driving forward the Luton Investment Framework and delivering Luton’s key objectives.
He has also been the Bedfordshire Total Place Programme Director and Luton’s Building Schools for the Future Programme Director delivering a capital infrastructure programme worth £580m. As part of that programme, he set up a public private partnership vehicle which has been hailed as a national exemplar that is delivering new schools, 450 social houses, IT projects, plus a host of new community facilities.

SIAN TIMONEY

DEPUTY LEADER OF LUTON BOROUGH COUNCIL

Luton Councillor Sian Timoney is the Deputy Leader of Luton Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration. As a Borough Councillor, Sian represents Farley Ward in Luton. She has served on many committees including Social Inclusion Scrutiny (Chair), Health Overview and Scrutiny and Development Control (Chair). Sian was elected the first female Chair of Bedfordshire and Luton Combined Fire Authority in 2009 and held that position until 2012.

Sian is also Chair of Employers Side National Joint Council for Local Authority (pay) and a Member of two other pay negotiating bodies for the Fire Service and Teachers. Sian holds a degree and MSc in Midwifery and until recently worked part-time for the University of Bedfordshire as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Women’s Health. She now works as a locum midwife at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.

LYNNE HUGHES

EDITOR AT HERALD & POST

Lynn Hughes has been editor of the Luton News, Dunstable Gazette, Herald and Post and Leighton Buzzard Observer for the past six years.

Before that she was editor of the Messenger Newspaper group in South Manchester. She is married with two children.

GURCH RANDHAWA

PROFESSOR AT UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

Gurch is Professor of Diversity in Public Health and Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire. He is also a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health, Royal Society of Public Health and Royal Society of Medicine. Gurch is an international expert on the development of patient-centred care pathways in diabetes, kidney disease, transplantation, and  end-of-life care amongst diverse communities. He is Co-Chair of the European Working Party on Organ Donation among Diverse Populations; a Member of the UK’s NICE Guidelines Development Group on Organ Donation; and he is currently serving as Chairman of the Department of Health’s End-of-Life Care for Advanced Kidney Disease Project Board. He also undertook a series of individual meetings with the UK’s Faith and Belief Leaders to discuss organ donation. He is a recipient of numerous grants from organisations such as the Department of Health, National Institute for Health Research, Kidney Research UK, Big Lottery Fund, NHS Blood & Transplant and the King’s Fund.

ATTIQ MALIK

DIRECTOR, LIBERTY LAW SOLICITORS

Attiq Malik is a Director of Liberty Law Solicitors and a Solicitor-Advocate with rights of audience to appear in all Civil and Criminal Courts in England & Wales.Specialising in both Criminal and Employment Law, Attiq has previously acted as a lawyer for the RMT, T&G and CWU trade unions as well as businesses ranging from SME’s to educational establishments to national and mulitnational companies. Having appeared on the pilot episode of Channel 4’s hit TV programme 24 Hours in Police Custody, where he and his team achieved an acquittal for a client facing a charge of conspiracy to murder, the criminal practice has undergone rapid expansion in the areas of serious crime. Attiq is currently the chair for the Luton People’s Assembly, campaigning against Austerity and Discrimination, as well as chair for the Luton Momentum group and sits on the committee for the Society of Asian Lawyers. Attiq also regularly hosts a legal debate show on Inspire FM.

HELEN BARNETT

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF ACTIVE LUTON

Helen was appointed Chief Executive of Active Luton in 2005. The charitable trust is responsiblefor operating a variety of sports facilities across the town, including the new 50m ‘Olympic’ pool.

The Active Luton team is also commissioned by Luton Borough Council, NHS Luton and others, to provide a range of community outreach initiatives promoting the value of sport and physical activity in addressing health and well-being, lifelong learning and community safety.

SUJEL MIAH

DIRECTOR, LUTON EMPLOYABILITY TRAINING SKILLS HUB (LETS HUB)

Sujel has a broad range of experience working in the public and private sector as an organisational development consultant. Sujel holds a BA in Media Advertising and a Masters in Community Education, with an array of supplementary qualifications in change management, leadership, organisational development and strategy. Sujel currently heads up the LETS Hub – an exciting public and private sector partnership project offering real support to those looking for employment as well as those who are economically inactive. Since the Hub opened its doors in March 2015 it has supported over 300 individuals into training, education and employment opportunities. Sujel is an active member of the community overseeing the Community Soup Kitchen, serving as the Chair of Active Support Education Centre, Governor for Luton Sixth Form College and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.

FOZIA IRFAN

HEAD OF GRANTMAKING, THE BEDFORDSHIRE AND LUTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Fozia Irfan is Head of Grantmaking at the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation. She has experience of managing programmes of funding for a wide variety of community projects and particularly those aimed at young people and women. She is also a Regional Adviser to BBC Children in Need providing expertise in the analysis of projects and organisations for effectiveness. In addition, Fozia is a Trustee at the Wakefield and Tetley Trust in East London which funds projects for people affected by poverty within the area and she was recently invited the join the National Steering Group at the Local Trust in its research on Empowered Communities in the 2020’s.

JACQUI BURNETT

LUTON BOROUGH COUNCIL

Jacqui Burnett FMAAT, MCMI originates from Hackney, London and has lived in Luton for over 30 years. She has worked in financial management, equality, diversity and inclusion in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

She has been a Labour Luton councillor since 2007 and is the Portfolio Holder for Customer & Commercial (Traded Services).  She also serves on the Arts Council South East, as a school governor at two schools, a Director of Foxhall Homes, Diversity Officer at Herts and Beds Community Unite the Union, Chair of APSE’s Income, Commercialisation and Trading Advisory Group and as Vice-Chair of the African Caribbean Community Development Forum.

MARIE KIRBYSHAW

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LUTON CULTURE

Marie joined Luton Culture in June 2015 bringing over 20 years experience in cultural business leadership, artistic programming, public engagement and strategic planning. She graduated university with an MA in Museum Studies and Fine Art degree. After practicing as an artist and lecturer in art and design in Newcastle, Marie managed Washington Arts Centre before becoming Director of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Ten years ago Marie moved into an arts commissioning role with Milton Keynes Council where she worked as Cultural Services Manager leading on the strategic development and delivery of arts, heritage, library and cultural events. Marie’s role at Luton Culture is to drive forward the Trust’s arts and cultural ambitions, build more productive and impactful partnerships and increase the use of libraries and the three core cultural sites at Stockwood, Wardown and the Hat Factory.

ROY GREENING

GENERAL MANAGER, THE MALL LUTON

Roy has worked at the Mall Luton for 13 years. He is an active member in the local community chairing Luton Shopmobility, Trustee of The Mall Nursery & Creche, Luton BID board member and founder member of Luton Business Against Crime. Previous to working at the Mall Luton he had 23 years of food retailing and 3 years in facilities management.

DR NINA PEARSON

CLINICAL CHAIR, LUTON CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP

Nina is the Clinical Leader of the CCG overseeing the Governance, Organisational Development and Clinical Leadership. She ensures that the CCG’s core purpose of enabling good health and wellbeing for the people of Luton is delivered, creating with others the culture of the organisation and upholding our values which place the patient, their family and carers at the very centre of everything we do.