Lord Justice Ryder appointed Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation

Posted on Friday 12th September 2014

The Chancellor of the University of Bolton, The Right Honourable Lord Justice Ryder has been appointed to The Nuffield Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Lord Justice Ryder is a judge of the Court of Appeal (to which he was appointed in 2013) and a member of the Family Procedure Rules Committee. He was called to the Bar in 1981, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997, becoming a Recorder in 2000. He was appointed to the High Court Family Division in 2004.

He was previously the senior Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit; in this role he sat in the criminal, civil and administrative courts as well as in family cases. In 2011 Lord Justice Ryder was appointed Judge in Charge of the Modernisation of Family Justice, following the final report of David Norgrove’s Family Justice Review. His recommendations included the introduction of a single Family Court with strengthened judicial leadership and control of the workload of the court. He advocated robust case management of family proceedings through the requirement to have a welfare timetable for each child, based on evidence and research.

Lord Justice Ryder began his three-year term of office as Chancellor of the University of Bolton in January 2014. He regularly lectures at the Judicial College, the Judicial Institute in Scotland and at universities across the United Kingdom.

Said Professor George Holmes, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton: ‘This prestigious appointment is a reflection of Sir Ernest’s outstanding contribution to the family justice system and it is an honour in which the University takes great pride.

‘Sir Ernest’s academic rigour and his eminent standing in a subject area central to our University are just two of the reasons why he will play a key role in our future during his tenure as Chancellor.’

Professor David Rhind, Chairman of the Nuffield Foundation said: ‘I am delighted to announce the appointment of Lord Justice Ryder as a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. We are committed to improving the evidence available to inform legal policy and practice, particularly in relation to families and vulnerable people. Lord Justice Ryder’s extensive knowledge and experience in the field of family justice, as well as other areas of law, make him the ideal person to lead our work in this area.’

Lord Justice Ryder said: ‘There is always scope to improve legal policy and practice, and the availability of independent, rigorous evidence is essential for that to be done effectively. The Nuffield Foundation has a reputation not only for funding high quality and dispassionate research, but also for making sure its work reaches the right people and groups to ensure it has impact. I look forward to working with fellow Trustees and staff to continue and strengthen this work.’