GLAA Board Members
Margaret Beels OBE - Chair
In July 2015 I became an independent non- executive director of Market Operator Services Ltd. MOSL runs the central systems and processes required in the non-domestic water market in England.
I left the Commission in 2003 to join the start up team for the new Healthcare Commission and became Finance Director for that organisation when it began its work as the NHS regulator. In 2006, I joined the start up team for the Gambling Commission as the Director of Corporate Services, where I oversaw the move to new offices in Birmingham, the recruitment of new teams, commissioning of IT systems and worked on the establishment of a new regulatory regime for the UK gambling industry.
In 2009, I became Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority, responsible for regulating the UK private security industry. In that role, I worked with the industry to create proposals for a better approach to regulation that were accepted by the Home Secretary, oversaw the delivery of private security regulation for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and the G8 summit, rolled out the regulatory regime in Northern Ireland and had day to day responsibility for licensing individuals, intelligence and enforcement activity and a voluntary approval scheme for businesses.
I joined the GLAA in 2015 and am also (since 2018) a non-executive member of the board of The Law Society for England and Wales, the representative body for solicitors.
The GLAA has a vital role to play in protecting people in work and has an admirable track record in doing this. I am always pleasantly surprised by the number of people that I meet who know about us and admire what we do – in spite of our relatively small size!
When I decided to retire from the SIA, I wanted to find something to do that involved doing interesting things with interesting people. The GLAA still fits that description!
Professor Linda Dickens
I knew about the important role of GLA particularly through my work in the area of labour market regulation and my other appointments (including serving on Acas Council for many years). I was keen to contribute what I hoped would be seen as relevant experience and expertise. My book ‘Making Employment Rights Effective’ explored issues of enforcement and compliance and, among other things, argued the case for better resourced and more comprehensive agency enforcement to help bring about fairer workplaces. Being a Board member provides a way of continuing to make the case while providing oversight and critical support for GLAA’s valuable work.
Most of my professional life was spent in the seafood industry. In the private sector, I was Research Director for one of the main global operators in salmon farming and feed production. After that I moved to the public sector and became Chief Executive of the Sea Fish Industry Authority, an Arms Length Body under Defra, funded by a levy of seafood landings and imports.
I became aware of the issues around labour abuse and modern slavery because of problems in the international seafood industry, both in fishing and processing. With GLA set up as a response to the disaster with cockle pickers, it was natural that I should be interested in their progress and when the formal Board structure was introduced, I saw it as my opportunity to become more closely involved.
During my executive career I served as the UK’s Immigration Services Commissioner, CEO of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the first CEO of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
During my central Whitehall career I worked at both HM Treasury and the Home Office. At the latter I served as Private Secretary to two Home Secretaries. My current NED roles include Chairman of the newly established Fire Standards Board, Chairman of the Joint Audit Panel of the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service; Chairman of Depaul UK, a national charity focused on tackling youth homelessness, and Deputy Chair of the Valuation Tribunal Service.
I am also a member of several boards including the Advertising Standards Authority, the Fundraising Regulator, where I chair the Code of Standards Committee, and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. I am also a non-Executive Director of a start-up, on line, medical education company, Medics Academy. In addition, I serve as the Independent Appointed Person for the Greater London Authority, an independent member of the Office for Students’ Audit Committee, and an independent member of both the Audit Committee and the Professional Services Board of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. I am also a member of the Disciplinary and Admissions Committee of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, ACCA.
My previous appointments included the General Medical Council, the University of London and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Before entering the public sector, I worked as a solicitor in private practice and was a Lecturer in Law at Manchester University.
I was motivated to apply to join the GLAA Board because of my strong commitment, as illustrated by many of my Executive and NED roles, to ensuring that the vulnerable in our society are respected and protected. I particularly saw a great deal of synergy between my work as Immigration Services Commissioner and the work of the GLAA. I wanted to bring the skills and experience I had gained over the course of my career to the work of the GLAA.
Michael Rich - CEO
Michael's previous experience includes spending four years with the Homes and Communities Agency that funds government housing programmes and an executive director at Chesterfield Borough Council in Derbyshire.