Judge joins Portsmouth school’s governing body

ON BOARD Headteacher James Priory, Peter Lodder and Brian Larkman
ON BOARD Headteacher James Priory, Peter Lodder and Brian Larkman
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PORTSMOUTH Grammar School has welcomed a new member to its governing body.

Peter Lodder is a former pupil of the school and a barrister in complex fraud, serious crime and regulatory work.

He has been a part-time judge of the Crown Court since 2000 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001.

He was elected as a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2010.

Mr Lodder often appears in both the print and broadcast media to comment upon high-profile cases and on changes in the law. He is a trustee of the charity ‘Spark Inside’ which assists young offenders upon release.

The school’s chairman of governors Brian Larkman said: ‘As a former pupil, Peter has a strong sense of affection for the school and his long and distinguished career at the Bar has given him a keen awareness of the issues that can influence the development of young people in today’s complex and challenging world.

‘He will be a real asset to the school and I am absolutely delighted that he has been able to join us.’