Fay Gillott

Senior Executive working with law firms and barristers chambers to improve profitability

Fay is an experienced executive director specialising in operational and strategic development and change management in both the private and public sector. Fay joined Atkin Chambers in November 2015 to lead the sets strategic business development.

In her previous role as Chief Executive of 7 Bedford Row she has set up an LLP entity to work alongside the traditional chambers’ model to promote the sets international expertise and strengthen its contracting position.

Prior to joining chambers, Fay developed the programme for the creation of the UK’s Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (the Francis Crick Centre), a £600 million research centre funded by the Welcome Trust, Medical Research Council, UCL, Imperial College, Kings College and Cancer Research UK. Fay successfully created the legal entity, ensuring its compliance with the funders accounting rules and regulatory requirements, and worked with the Centre’s architects to develop the design for submission to the local Planning Authority.

Prior to the UKCMRI, Fay assisted Reed Smith Richards Butler with their post-merger activities and reviewed and implemented changes to improve the profitability of one of the UK’s largest pa-tent attorney firms.

For 10 years Fay was a director and member of the senior management team that supported Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) through a period of significant growth and change. Fay was responsible for the firm’s new headquarters build, strategic business planning with the firm’s international managing partners, streamlining global operations, global business continuity planning, 500 staff and budgets of circa £100 million.

Fay’s earlier career was in health service management. She led the estates team responsible for building the second phase of Salisbury Hospital and the team that procured and implemented the country’s largest pathology analyser integrated computer system at Southampton Hospital. Along-side these projects Fay taught science A-level and GCSE to mature students.

On a personal note, Fay lives in Winchester with her husband, has three grown up children and is a keen sub-aqua diver.

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