A huge congratulations to our former alumna, Deborah Taylor, who this year was shortlisted for the GDST Alumna of the Year award.

Deborah has a background in civil and criminal law and became a Circuit Judge in 2005, initially at Basildon Crown Court, before moving to Southwark Crown Court where she has been for the last eight years. She also sits as a deputy High Court Judge, and in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.  Her work covers a range of civil and criminal cases, including the recent high profile trial of Maoist cult leader Balakrishnan in 2015.

Deborah served as a Commissioner for the Judicial Appointments Commission from 2011-13, the independent commission that selects candidates for judicial office in courts and tribunals.

In 2012 she began to develop a Law app to help young people understand the legal implications of activities such as protesting and fake Ids, which formed the basis for a MOOC on which she is currently engaged.  She was appointed Chair of the Irene Taylor Trust in 2013 which works with prisoners and vulnerable and excluded individuals in society, inspiring them through music in order to transform lives.

She is Chair of the Temple Women’s Forum, which works to improve the diversity of the judicial bench and has been a panel member of a Diversity Masterclass at the UK Supreme Court. She has worked with young people to help them understand the implications of their actions and how to stay on the right tracks and as a judge ensures that justice is administered fairly and appropriately for the benefit of all society.