Rebecca Hilsenrath

Director of Strategy and Communications, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Rebecca is the Director of External Affairs, Strategy and Communications at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, to which role she was appointed in April 2021.  Before that, she was for six years the Chief Executive Officer of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, after formerly serving as Chief Legal Officer.   After graduating from Cambridge, Rebecca trained and practiced law at Linklaters before leaving to have a family.  After a career break, she worked in the Government Legal Service, where she held a number of roles in the then Department for Education and Skills and in the Attorney General’s Office.   She was then appointed CEO of LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group), a national charity facilitating free legal advice to community groups and individuals in need, where she worked for five years before moving to the EHRC in 2014.

Rebecca has also established two schools, set up the National Pro Bono Centre in Chancery Lane and has sat on the boards of a number of charities and advice agencies, including the Bar Pro Bono Unit (now Advocate) and the Mary Ward Legal Centre.  In 2012, she was listed by the Times among the 100 most influential lawyers in the country and holds two honorary doctorates in law.