Lay Members

Veronica Hows – Veronica is a senior HR project management specialist with manufacturing, international financial services, retail, public sector and consultancy experience.  She sits as a lay member on the Employment Tribunal and Bar Standards Board, and acts as a representative before the Council of the Inns of Court in relation to admissions hearings.

Lucy Melrose – Lucy is a lay member of Bar Standards Board and Council of the Inns of Court and also a lay assessor for the General Medical Council, where she has sat on disciplinary tribunals. 

Fiona Tankard – Fiona was a panel member of the General Teaching Council, Birmingham from 2010 – March 2012 and is currently a panel member of DfES Teaching Agency, appointed in February 2012.

Professional Members


Tom Hutchinson (UK and European patent attorney) qualified in 2006 and 2008 respectively.  Founded Hutchinson IP Ltd in 2011.  He specialises in mechanical, electrical and engineering work, and is a specialist in medical devices, green technology, materials engineering, manufacturing and automotive patents.

Graham Lock (UK and European patent attorney) qualified in 1997.  Graham is a partner at Fry Heath Spence, heading the firm’s biotechnology practice. Graham specialises in cases in the fields of immunology, chemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, genetic engineering, medical devices, biochemistry, dairy technology, nutrition, food engineering and simple mechanical engineering.  Graham also handles copyright, design and trade mark work and also plant variety rights and supplementary protection certificates.

Stephen Powell (UK and European patent and trade mark attorney) qualified in 1982.  Consultant with Williams Powell.  He is a Council member and former president of the Licensing Executives Society (Britain and Ireland) and a former vice-president of the international organisation LESI.

Henrietta Rooney (UK and European patent attorney) qualified in 2008. Henrietta is an associate at Elkington & Fife where she specialises in the life sciences, with particular expertise in biotherapeutics including biologics, antibody therapeutics, and stem cell therapies, and also in plant sciences. Henrietta carries out a range of patent work including original drafting, prosecution at the EPO and UKIPO and overseas, opinions and freedom to operate analyses.

Trade Mark

Edmund Hitchcock (UK trade mark and UK and European patent attorney, now retired) qualified in 1990, 1982 and 1987 respectively.  Retired partner of Marks & Clerk but continuing to work for them as a consultant in an advisory capacity.  Qualified mediator (accredited by CEDR) since 2004.

Rebecca Kaye (UK and European trade mark attorney) qualified in 2011.  Rebecca is a dual qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney who co-founded Sipara in 2010. Rebecca specialises in retail IP and her practice covers the full range of IP.  Rebecca is on the Industrial Designs and Trade Dress committee of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property. and has been appointed as an expert by the European Commission-funded ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk. Rebecca is on the International Trade Mark Association’s Leadership Development Committee. Rebecca has a Certificate in Advanced Negotiation from CEDR.

Eric Ramage (UK and European trade mark attorney, now retired) qualified into the (then) Institute of Trade Mark Agents in 1971 and was entered on the register of trade mark attorneys in 1990. He became of Counsel to Edwin Coe LLP when his former practice was taken over in 2015. Eric is a Fellow and former Council member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, former Chair of the Joint Examining Board for entry onto the registers of patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys, and a lecturer and tutor on the Nottingham Law School Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice since 2011. He is a member of Council of the European Community Trade Mark Association (ECTA).