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Jenny Rowe

Jenny Rowe
chief executive of the
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Assumed office
October 2009
President Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
Appointed by Jack Straw, Lord Chancellor
Preceded by Position created
Personal details
Born (1955-10-02) 2 October 1955
Spouse(s) John Richard Ellis
Alma mater King's College London
Birkbeck College
Occupation Civil servant

Jennifer Rowe CB (born 2 October 1955) is a British civil servant and chief executive of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.


  • Early life 1
  • Civil service 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Notes 4

Early life

Jenny Rowe was born on 2 October 1955, and educated at Sir James Smith's School, Camelford.[1] She graduated from King's College London in 1977 with a BA (Hons.) in History, and studied at the College of Law, Lancaster Gate, and Birkbeck College, where she gained an MSc in Policy Administration in 1984.[1]

Civil service

Rowe joined the civil service shortly after graduating from Birkbeck, and held a number of posts in the Lord Chancellor's Department.[2] From 1990 to 1993, Rowe was Principal Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor,[1] and from 1993–1995, was Principal Establishment and Finance Officer at the Serious Fraud Office.[3] She returned to the Lord Chancellor's Department in 1995 as Head of Criminal Policy, and was re-appointed Principal Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor in 1997. In 1999, she became Director of Corporate Services, and in 2002, Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs. She served as Secretary to the Butterfield Review of Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions conducted by HM Customs and Excise in 2003. In 2004, she was appointed Director of Policy Administration at the Attorney General's Office. In January 2008, the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, announced Rowe's appointment as the first chief executive of the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, which began operation in October 2009.[4]

Rowe was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2013 Birthday Honours.[5]

Personal life

Rowe married John Richard Ellis in 1993.[1]

Her interests include travelling, reading, theatre, opera, museums and galleries, gardening and watching cricket.[1][6] She is a member of the Royal Over-Seas League, Middlesex County Cricket Club and Surrey County Cricket Club,[1] and has been a Trustee of the Royal British Legion since 2005.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "ROWE, Jennifer, (Mrs J. Ellis)".  
  2. ^ "Appointment of the first chief executive of the Supreme Court".  
  3. ^ "Jenny Rowe – Supreme Court".  
  4. ^ Gibb, Frances (18 January 2008). "Civil servant appointed to run supreme court". London:  
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 2. 15 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Attorney General's Newsletter: Senior Staff Moves (P10)".  
  7. ^ "The Royal British Legion – Who we are".  
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