Advisory Group

What is the Advisory Group?

In 2011, Marston constituted a ground-breaking Advisory Group, comprising highly experienced and well known professionals across the fields of corporate governance, public affairs, politics, corporate finance, enforcement and law. The Group continues to provide independent and strategic advice to Marston’s executive team.

“Constituting an Advisory Group is a substantive innovation that will provide invaluable support to the organisation during an important stage in its evolution. The members each bring a high level of expertise and extensive experience in their respective fields.

Their oversight and input is welcome, and it provides a high level of credibility to Marston’s clients, customers, business partners and investors. Further strategic appointments will follow in due course.”

Chief Executive, Gareth Hughes

The role of the Advisory Group

  • Oversight and review of the professional culture, ethical standards and transparent procedures that we embed across our organisation.
  • Assessing the impact of our services and approach on the industry, in society and as a fundamental component of the judicial process.
  • Contributing leadership thinking by shared insight and research into legal, regulatory and judicial reform, service innovation and the increasing role of welfare support and advice for vulnerable and low-income citizens and families.

Members of the Advisory Group:

Sam joined the Advisory Group in June 2016. His experience includes roles as Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, Chief Executive of Shelter, Chair of the Electoral Commission, Director General of the British Red Cross and Managing Director of the BBC World Service. Bringing extensive experience of public service and the third sector to his role, Sam will help to further strengthen the company’s governance framework.

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Former Chair of the Local Government Association

Baroness Margaret Eaton of Cottingley, DBE, DL is a Conservative Party life peer in the House of Lords. She has been a councillor with Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council since 1986 and was chair of the Local Government Association until June 2011. In recognition of her many services she was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours. She was also presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws of the University of Bradford in December 2012.

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Chair of the Group - 2013

Former Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, Elizabeth Filkin CBE, has successfully carried major roles in both the private and public sectors. She currently combines chairing one of the largest residential homes companies in the UK, Annington Homes Ltd, with chairmanships of public regulatory appointments bodies for the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Elizabeth also serves on several Trusts.

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Managing Director of Customers, Communication and Technology, Transport for London

Vernon, Managing Director of Customers, Communication and Technology at Transport for London (TfL), brings a unique perspective to the Advisory Group.

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Founder, Consumer Action Group

Marc, founder of Consumer Action Group, is a key addition to the Advisory Group. Formerly a lecturer specialising in International Copyright and Trademarks Law and Law of Cultural Property, Marc then moved in to Consumer Law and is now administrator and advisor on the Consumer Action Group website, which he founded in 2006.The Consumer Action Group is a UK organisation that campaigns for consumer rights and boasts a membership of more than 330,000 people.

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Chief Executive, Newington Communications

Mark is a nationally recognised consultant with 25 years’ political experience. He is the founder of Bellenden (now known as Newington Communications), a leading communications agency providing board-level strategic counsel, political analysis and integrated campaign planning to a variety of public and private sector clients. He is a contributor to a number of books on politics and communications, and is currently the chair of the Southwark Labour Group. He represents a council seat in Peckham and sits on the board of Groundwork South London.

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Non-Executive Ethics and Governance Director

Claer has a unique reputation in both the public sector and the field of corporate and ethical governance.A practicing solicitor, Claer’s public sector experience has included roles as Chief Executive of the Tenant Services Authority, City Solicitor at Brighton & Hove Council, and Director of Law and Democratic Services at the London Borough of Hackney.

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