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Ms Catharine Seddon


Catharine spent 20 years as a film maker. She started as a graduate trainee producer with the BBC and soon specialised in high-end film documentary, ultimately setting up her own production company which made films principally for C4. Having been a magistrate since 2002, she eventually left television to take up other judicial roles and to become a member of the Human Tissue Authority, its Audit and Risk Chair and its Senior Independent Director.

Catharine is the Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Chair of its Audit and Governance committee. She is a board member of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) and an Institute Director of CII (Chartered Insurance Institute), appointed to the board of the PFS (Personal Finance Society). A former Senior Independent Director of the Gambling Commission, the Legal Services Board and member of the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator, she now sits on the Health Service Products Appeal tribunal and on tribunals in mental health and employment. She also sits as a lay assessor on civil cases in the County courts and she is still a presiding magistrate in Central London courts.  She is a tutor for the Civil Service College and a trustee and director of the special needs charity, CPotential.

Committee membership

  • Disciplinary Committee

Declaration of interests


  • Director of the Personal Finance Society - NED and company director
  • Director of CPOTENTIAL - Charity trustee and company director


  • None


  • Freelance tutor for the Civil Service College

Appointments to other bodies

  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: Deputy Chair and Chair of Audit and Governance Committee, Independent Appeals Committee
  • Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service: Member
  • The Pension Regulator: Member of the Determinations Panel
  • Human Tissue Authority: Senior Independent Director and Chair of ARAC
  • Chartered Insurance Institute Director
  • Health Service Products Appeal Tribunal: Founder Member
  • Lay Assessor Under the Equality Act to County Courts
  • Mental Health Tribunal: Specialist Lay Member
  • Employment Tribunal: Employer Member
  • Social Entitlement Chamber: Disability Qualified Member
  • Magistrate in the Central London Petty Sessional Area
  • Trustee/Company Director of CPOTENTIAL
  • Trustee of Palace

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • None


  • Tutor on NED courses, Civil Service College

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • M.A. Hons, Philosophy and Psychology
  • Choral Scholarship at the Queen's College
  • Gladstone Memorial Travelling scholarship
  • Passed Civil Service Exams and Selection Boards 

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

  • None

Other relevant information

  • None