On 2 October, applications will open for:
- President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales)
- Chamber President of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber
These are senior leadership roles in the tribunals.
President of the Employment Tribunals
The Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) make decisions in legal disputes around employment law. It was established to resolve disputes between employers and employees over employment rights.
The President will contribute to the senior judicial management team supporting the Senior President of Tribunals through membership of the Tribunals Judiciary Executive Board. In addition, the President will maintain a close working relationship with the Senior President of Tribunals. Substantial experience of employment and equality law and of Employment Tribunal practice and procedure is essential.
Brian Doyle is currently President of the Employment Tribunals. He was a university academic and fee-paid judge before becoming a salaried judge.
“As President you have a central part in the development of the Employment Tribunals system, working with your regional leadership judges. You will lead over 1,000 judges and non-legal members, and be responsible for the administration of justice in one of the big three tribunals.
“You can expect too to have a portfolio of responsibilities in the greater courts and tribunals system. For example, I served on the Judicial College Board and chaired its Tribunals Committee, while also being a member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. This gave me a tremendous insight into the work of the Ministry of Justice and of government generally.
"I strongly encourage any serving judge with an interest and experience in employment and discrimination law, and in Employment Tribunal practice and procedure, to give this exciting opportunity your serious consideration."
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President of the First-tier Tribunal Health Education and Social Care Chamber
The President of the First-tier Tribunal Health Education and Social Care Chamber is also a senior tribunals leadership role.
As well as their responsibilities in the Chamber, the President discharges a number of other duties and responsibilities as a member of the tribunals senior leadership team and nominated to them by the Senior President of Tribunals within HMCTS or the Ministry of Justice and within the wider courts and tribunals.
The Chamber President’s key responsibilities include: the administration of justice in the Chamber, the career development and health and welfare of the Chamber’s judiciary, judicial conduct complaints and discipline, judicial forecasting and recruitment and relations with Chamber users and stakeholders.
Philip Sycamore is the current Chamber President. He was a solicitor and Recorder before being appointed a Circuit Judge, and is a JAC Commissioner.
“The post of Chamber President is both challenging and rewarding. This Chamber brings together 4 very different and important jurisdictions: mental health, special educational needs, care standards and primary health lists.
“The Chamber President is also an important member of the Senior President of Tribunal's judicial leadership team and there is an expectation that as Chamber President you will make a significant contribution to the wider tribunals system.
“This post offers a wonderful opportunity for a senior judicial leadership and significant involvement in the tribunals system."
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