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Governance of Nalp

NALP has two major Boards, the Governing Board and the Academic Board which meet quarterly or more often as required. The Academic Board reports to the Governing Board.


Academic Board 

Amanda Hamilton LLB (Hons) 

CEO, NALP - Non Voting Chair

After completing her LLB, Amanda spent five years working as a Paralegal in a small international law firm in London’s West End. Then due to losing a close family member, Amanda branched out into the property business and spent eight years running her own Lettings Consultancy before being head-hunted to work for an exclusive estate agency, where she worked for a couple of years before being made redundant.

Amanda started teaching purely by chance and has been teaching practical paralegal skills to graduates and undergraduates for over twenty years. She has her own training company and in 2008 she was offered the opportunity to take over NALP. Amanda is a senior tutor for ILSPA (Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs) and has also taught various units of the NALP Level 7 Diploma in Paralegal Practice.

Amanda is a trained actor and has performed on stage as well as trying her hand at stand-up. She is an obsessive Argentine Tango dancer, teacher and DJ and enjoys cooking, eating and fine wines. She also is keen on keeping fit and loves football




Maria Richards F.CILEX

Maria is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has over 20 years experience practising for one of the largest firms in the Southwest.  Maria specialises in conveyancing, however, her teaching experience extends from legal secretary courses to graduate and postgraduate levels in all areas of law. She thinks positively and enthusiastically about people and what they are capable of becoming and sees each student as a unique and valuable individual.  In her spare time Maria is a keen pianist, enjoys cake decorating, surfing and kayaking and makes the most of the Cornish beaches when the weather permits. 




James Fisher

James is currently Associate Professor of Law at Tokyo University as well as completing a PhD through the University of Tilburg in Holland.  He has contributed to many publications including, Modern Law Review, Journal of Japanese Law, Hibernian Law Journal, Westminster Law Review and Birkbeck Law Review and has made speeches at several conferences both in the UK and Ireland as well as Japan.





Kim Williams

Kim qualified as a Solicitor in 1987 and was working in private practice until the end of 2014. She is now a part-time assessor and part-time law tutor in further education. Her hobbies include cooking, theatre and the care and maintenance of reptiles




Jane Robson

Jane is NALP’s Compliance Consultant and Responsible Officer. She has been involved in compliance regulation for over 16 years. Jane was appointed to the NALP Academic Board in 2016. She loves cooking, especially baking novelty cakes, loves watching sci-fi movies and TV and was a ‘Trekkie’ long before it became cool!!!

Governing Board


Professor Mike Molan - Chair

A Professor of Legal Education, Mike has over 30 years’ experience in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of Public Law and Criminal Law across a range of institutions, including the LSE and the Open University.

Having served as the Head of the Law Department at London South Bank University for 10 years, Mike was appointed as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at London South Bank University in 2007, and also chaired the Council of University Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH-UK).  

In 2014 Mike was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enhancement), and Dean of the Business School at London South Bank University.  A former member of the Bar Standards Board’s Education and Training Committee, and BPTC sub-committee, Mike has published several student texts on Criminal Law and continues to be involved in research projects investigating aspects of legal pedagogy and the student experience.

In 2011 Mike was appointed by the Bar Standards Board as the inaugural Chair of its Centralised Examination Board (‘CEB’) which has oversight of the assessment of all intending barristers in England and Wales in respect of their compulsory knowledge areas of their training


Professor Tom Mortimer

Dr Tom Mortimer is Head of Law at Canterbury Christ Church University and prior to that was Head of Law at the University of Bedfordshire and Anglia Ruskin University Law School. Tom has over thirty years of teaching and examining experience. He has published widely in the areas of commercial and corporate law and acts as an Advisor to a number of professional, academic and commercial bodies including the Capital Markets Authority in Oman and the Ukrainian Academy of Banking. Tom is also an External Examiner for a number of professional bodies.





Alan Lewenden 

Alan worked as a police constable before gaining an LLB from Ealing College of Higher Education in 1982 (now the University of West London). He then joined the RAF until he was invalided from service in 1992 after a road traffic accident.  Since then, Alan has dedicated himself to voluntary service working as a caseworker for the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens Families Association amongst others, and in 2001 became a Local Councillor for Fordingbridge Town Council being elected Mayor between 2006 – 2008. Alan remains a Local Councillor to date.






Jane Robson

Jane is NALP’s Compliance Consultant and Responsible Officer. She has been involved in compliance regulation for over 16 years. Jane was appointed to the NALP Academic Board in 2016. She loves cooking, especially baking novelty cakes, loves watching sci-fi movies and TV and was a ‘Trekkie’ long before it became cool!!!






Natalie Bannister

Natalie is a Social Media and Marketing Consultant appointed to the board in 2017. For the past 5 years, Natalie has been a consultant specialising in social media campaigns for small businesses and startups. Alongside consultancy work, Natalie runs a travel company and community that connects women for adventure holidays and action sports activities in London. 


Chantal Cooke


Chantal Cooke is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, co-founder of the UK’s first ethical radio station PASSION for the PLANET, and CEO of successful boutique PR agency, Panpathic Communications.


Chantal has worked as journalist / presenter for the BBC, commercial radio, national newspapers and magazines for over 25 years. She has reported from Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and written travel articles for the Independent on Sunday and The Guardian.


In 2002 she set up PASSION for the PLANET, which broadcast on DAB and via the Internet, picked up a number of awards and attracted an audience of over 100k. During that time Chantal interviewed over 6,000 people.


In 2010 Chantal founded Panpathic Communications, where she and her team specialise in working in three key areas; small businesses, companies currently crowdfunding, and authors serious about promoting their books.


She is the author of the book “PR Demystified – how to get free publicity by giving journalists what they really need” and “The Authority Guide to Marketing your Business Book” and has been featured in a number of business books and even a novel!