Bolton School Senior Boys

Queen Appoints Old Boy as Senior President of Tribunals

As The Rt Hon Sir Jeremy Sullivan, Senior President of Tribunals, retires on 17 September, Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of former pupil The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder (Sir Ernest Nigel Ryder) as the Senior President of Tribunals with effect from 18 September 2015. His appointment will be for a fixed five year term.   

The appointment of the Senior President of Tribunals is made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor following the recommendation of an independent selection panel chaired by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd. The other panel members were: Christopher Stephens, Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), Lady Valerie Stacey (Senator of the College of Justice, Scotland), Mrs Debra Van Gene (lay JAC Commissioner) and Professor Nichola Rooney (lay Commissioner of the Northern Ireland JAC).

Lord Justice Ryder is aged 57 and was educated at Bolton School and Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was a merchant banker with Grindley Brandt & Co and is a commissioned officer in the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry (TD, 1996). He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1981 and was made a Bencher in 2004. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997, Assistant Recorder in 1997, Recorder in 2000 and Deputy High Court Judge in 2001. He was Counsel to the North Wales Tribunal of Inquiry, 1996–99, and an Assistant Boundary Commissioner, 2000–04. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Family Division on 4 May 2004 and was the Family Division Liaison Judge and then the Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit. He was the Judge in Charge of the Modernisation of Family Justice, 2011-12 and was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal and privy counsellor in 2013. He is the Head of Deployment Strategy. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation and Chancellor of the University of Bolton.


The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder has been made Senior President of Tribunals by the Queen

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder has been made Senior President of Tribunals by the Queen