The Chair of the Inquiry is Prof. Alexis Jay OBE. She sets the direction of the Inquiry and makes decisions about how the Inquiry will work.
The Chair is assisted by a Panel of three members: Prof. Sir Malcolm Evans KCMG OBE; Ivor Frank; and Drusilla Sharpling CBE. Each is an expert in his or her field and has experience in challenging institutions, and managing, analysing and evaluating complex evidence.
Solicitor to the Inquiry is Martin Smith of Fieldfisher.
Secretary to the Inquiry is John O'Brien.
A seven member Victims and Survivors’ Consultative Panel has been set up to assist and advise the Inquiry on all aspects of its work. The seven members of this panel will be closely involved in the work of the Inquiry, providing advice and guidance to the Chair and Panel. The panel includes Sheila Coates, Lucy Duckworth, Fay Maxted, Michael May, Peter Saunders, Chris Tuck, and Daniel Wolstencroft. The panel members bring a wealth of experience providing support and advocacy for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
An academic advisory board provides independent expert assurance on research ethics and quality to the lead Panel member for research (Malcolm Evans). The Advisory Board is led by Prof. Jenny Pearce OBE (University of Bedfordshire), and also includes Prof. Marian Brandon (University of East Anglia), Prof. Julia Davidson (Middlesex University) Prof. Eileen Munro CBE (London School of Economics); and Prof. June Thoburn CBE (University of East Anglia). All members are experts in the field of child protection.
The Inquiry has established a Victims and Survivors' Forum. Any victim or survivor who wishes to be part of the Forum will be able to register to be a member and receive updates on the work of the Inquiry. The Inquiry will arrange for the Forum to have open public meetings four times a year. Those wanting to join the Forum should send an email marked ‘Victims and Survivors Forum’ to [email protected].