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Mr Mark Stobbs


Mark StobbsMark Stobbs was Director of Scrutiny and Quality at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care between 2016 and 2023. He led the Authority’s work in monitoring the performance of the ten health and social care regulators and in considering whether decisions by their fitness to practise panels were sufficient to protect the public.

Before that, he began his career in the civil service and worked in the then Lord Chancellor’s Department before joining the Bar Council. At the Bar Council he held a number of roles dealing with the Bar Council’s complaints and disciplinary system and its professional standards. He was the first Director of the Bar Standards Board, the Council’s independent, ring-fenced regulatory arm.

He left the Bar Council in 2008 to be Director of Legal Policy at the Law Society.

Mark also contributes to legal textbooks on the regulation of the legal profession and, since 2021, has returned to the Bar Standards Board as a member of its Independent Decision-Making Panel.

Committee membership

  • VN Preliminary Investigation Committee – appointed 2022

Declaration of interests


  • Board of the British Acupuncture Council – Member (from October 2023)


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Appointment to other bodies

  • Bar Standards Board – Lay Member of the BSB’s Independent Decision-making Panel
  • Intellectual Property Regulation Board – Lay Member of the Joint Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales – Lay Member of the Legal Services Committee
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – Lay Member of the Professional Conduct Committee

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

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  • Contributor to Cordery on Legal Service and The County Court Practice

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • BA (Law), University Oxford

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

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Other relevant information

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