Organising Committee

The Document Excellence Group is run by a team of volunteers.

Andrea Bowyer – Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Committee Chair

About Andrea

With strong expertise across enterprise applications, Andrea has particular knowledge within the document management, production and productivity space.  Following 12 years at regional law firm Ward Hadaway, where she implemented Standard Styles and most recently acted as applications lead on the Windows 10 / Office 2016 desktop refresh project, Andrea is now an Applications Analyst at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, where she intends to maintain her focus on product optimisation and user experience improvements.

In her spare time Andrea enjoys the theatre, is an avid bookworm and a fan of The West Wing, sci-fi and TED Talks.  She has an unnatural love of the number 1013 and is an occasional collector of law firm pens.  She is interested in psychology and neuroscience, along with politics and can be found running a Polling Station during elections.

Committee Roles

Chair, events subcommittee, membership subcommittee, web admin

Committee member since January 2013

Angela Crossland – Litera Microsystems

Membership Lead

About Angela

Angela has been involved in the world of legal IT for 18 years; the majority of this time has  been spent working within law firms, but most recently she has been helping to deliver software  solutions to assist in the smooth running of the document lifecycle.  Before legal, Angela  worked as acoustic consultant measuring noise levels, providing advice, and producing technical  reports.  This is where she created her first set of Word templates, complete with numbering  schemes …and experienced her first adoption issues when the firm’s partners were perplexed by  automated numbering.  A valuable lesson learnt!

Since then she’s undertaken a number of roles in some of the UK’s largest law firms, as well as  helping deliver software implementations to many more.  Each project she has been involved  with, and every role she has carried out, has provided additional knowledge and understanding of the challenges that are faced every day by legal professionals.  Present day, Angela is a Product Manager for Litera Microsystems, putting her years of experience into steering products such as DocXtools and Contract Companion forward to stabilise documents, provide efficiencies, and minimise risk for document authors.

Committee Roles

Membership subcommittee lead, events subcommittee, standard styles subcommittee

Committee member since November 2013

Annette Brown – Milbank

About Annette

As the IT Manager for Milbank in Europe Annette is responsible and accountable for the smooth running of the Firm’s information technology systems in the London, Frankfurt and Munich offices.   Annette manages the IT team who are responsible for delivering day to day IT/helpdesk support, IT Training, System Management and IT Infrastructure & Projects.

Recent IT projects Annette has worked on have included the move of core infrastructure to a co-location, upgrade to Windows 10, Office 2016, migration of Office phones in Europe from Avaya to Cisco and is currently working on deploying SpecOps, Rimeto and Kappris printing solution.

Committee Roles

Events subcommittee, membership subcommittee

Committee member since January 2015

Clare Waller – Independant Consultant

Secretary & Events Lead

About Clare

With too many years working with law firms’ documents than she would like to admit to, Clare is passionate about making Microsoft Office work for you and a specialist in legal document production.

Committee Roles

Secretary, events subcommittee lead, membership subcommittee

Committee member since February 2014

Hilary Hallen – Knights plc

About Hilary

Hilary has worked at Knights plc for 21 years.   She has a Certificate in Education and a Masters degree in English along with various IT training qualifications.  Hilary is interested in developing e-learning solutions as a way of enhancing face-to-face training techniques. Another area she is keen to develop is the upskilling of lawyers and other legal professionals in the use of Microsoft Word – a topic close to everyone’s heart at UKDEG!  Word is such an under-utilised piece of software … the possibilities for its use are endless!

Committee Roles

Membership subcommittee

Committee member since October 2018

Jay Speight – Baker McKenzie

About Jay

With twenty years’ experience in Document Production and Desktop Publishing in Professional Services and Law, Jay is an experienced manager of onsite and offshore teams with a passion for delivering quality standards and operational efficiencies.  Currently the KM Systems Manager at Baker McKenzie working in partnership with the Global technology team and external vendors to translate business requirements to innovative technology solutions.

Committee Roles

Design

Committee member since October 2018

Jayne Smith – Bluebird Support Services Limited

About Jayne
Jayne is an expert in delivering outsourced legal secretarial support with a strong focus on lean processes and efficient cost-effective technology.  Her clients rank amongst the top 100 UK and US law firms delivering bespoke solutions to maintain best value support, improving brand, and enabling exceptional client experience.  With her in depth knowledge of legal technology applications and business processes she quickly identifies where improvements can be made to lead to increased profitability.

Committee Roles

Events subcommittee

Committee member since May 2016

Joanne Humber – Humber Associates

About Joanne

For more than 25 years Joanne Humber has delivered IT training programmes to law firms across the world – initially through her own company and for 8 years as Director of Training for Phoenix Business Solutions. Since leaving Phoenix in 2015 she has been actively promoting the Legal Technology Core Competency Certification Coalition (LTC4) which was formed more than 6 years ago by law firm training and IT professionals to address the skills gaps which exist within the industry. Her experience of working with law firms of all sizes clearly demonstrated the need to improve technology skills in a way which is relevant to the way they work, with whichever software or devices they choose to use…laptop, PC, smartphone or tablet….and wherever they may be based. LTC4 are strategic partners of UKDEG.

Committee Roles

Events subcommittee

Committee member since January 2014

Julie McCarthy – Tikit Ltd

Treasurer

About Julie

Julie McCarthy is a Lead Trainer at Tikit with over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of sectors ranging from legal, wealth management and media.  In her previous role she was a training manager for over 5 years and is proficient in promoting and delivering training solutions designed to support the business plan.  Julie is passionate about creating an interactive and enjoyable environment that supports learning.

Committee Roles

Treasurer, standard styles subcommittee

Committee member since December 2016

Kim Walton – Dentons & Enable

About Kim

Kim has worked in and with law firms for over 25 years. She has been a supporter of the UKDEG since its inception and has been on the Organising Committee since 2006. Kim has attended most of the Document Excellence Days (formerly known as Word Excellence Days), presenting at several including running some fun Vendor challenge sessions. Kim is a strong advocate for the use of the UKDEG standard style initiative, having implemented this in her firm in 2013.

Kim is passionate about finding ways to improve the document production process and working with Vendors to improve their products. She has many years experience in template development and implementing house styles, fixing document issues, development document automation templates, and working with many tools that are used within the document production and negotiation process.

Committee Roles

Standard styles subcommittee

Committee member since 2006

Marianne Armitage – Ocorian

Standard Styles Lead

About Marianne

Marianne is a self-proclaimed Word Nerd with over seventeen years’ experience in legal technology learning. Marianne has been a member of the UKDEG Organising Committee since 2015, is geekily passionate about our Standard Styles and has recently taken over as Standard Styles lead.

Committee Roles

Standard styles subcommittee lead, events subcommittee

Committee member since  January 2015

Robert Lankester – RLegal Engineering Ltd

About Rob

Rob is the Founder and Director of RLegal Engineering Ltd, a specialist document automation consultancy; providing the automation of documents and advice on project implementation to large law firms and in-house legal departments. Rob was responsible for the global implementation of document automation at BLP (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP)) where he was described by his peers as ‘a game changer’. Previously, Rob was at Irwin Mitchell for over nine years, where he led several knowledge and change initiatives and implemented document automation before taking on its management full time, automating 250 documents in the first year. Rob was named as one of Thomson Reuters Automation Champions and his work has been featured in leading industry publications.

Committee Roles

Floating role as needed

Committee member since August 2016

Sheila Quansah-Solomon – Allen & Overy LLP

About Sheila

Sheila Quansah-Solomon is the Document Technology Specialist at Allen & Overy LLP. She has over 37 year’s experience working in law firms, starting her career as a Personal Assistant and later as Training Consultant. Over the last 29 years working for Allen & Overy LLP she has held various positions, starting as a Word-processing Operator she progressed to a Systems Analyst, IT Trainer for the Document Production department, IT Helpdesk Support Analyst, Documents Service Line Leader, Document Expert Analyst, Document Application Support Team Leader and in the last six years as a Document Technology Specialist.

She is a founding member of the UK Document Excellence Group (UKDEG) and had chaired and presented at various Word Excellence Day and UKDEG events. Before joining Allen & Overy in 1990 she worked in numerous blue chip firms as IT Training Consultant developing and delivering high-end bespoke technical training on software applications.

In her current role, she assumes a global product service owner for core document production applications, assisting with technical thought leadership, offering deep subject-matter expertise and 4th-line support for complex problems. She engages with application Vendors, key business users and IT representatives to ensure that document production strategies are aligned with the Firm’s business and IT strategic objectives including developing the future strategy for the firm’s core document applications.

She has in-depth knowledge of document production applications and systems including MS Office especially Word, document comparison and metadata stripping applications, document automation systems. She also has good knowledge of document management systems and is familiar with best practice technology and document production procedures and policies.

Committee Roles

Standard styles subcommittee, events subcommittee

Committee member since October 2004

US Team

Sherry Kappel – Litera Microsystems

US Lead

About Sherry

Sherry has more than 30 years’ experience in the design, implementation and change management surrounding content-authoring technologies. She has written and spoken widely to address the needs, goals and strategies of document-intensive businesses, and is an expert in Microsoft Office applications. She was recognized by ILTA as Innovative Consultant of the Year in 2014, and as Vendor Thought Leader in 2017. Sherry is a member of the Document Lifecycle Evangelist team at Litera Microsystems.

Committee Roles

US Lead

Tracy Kraft – Kraft Kennedy

About Tracy

Tracy Kraft is the Marketing Director of Kraft Kennedy, a technology consulting firm that specializes in legal IT. Tracy plans and oversees the implementation of the firm’s marketing and branding strategies. She is an expert in experiential marketing and manages the firm’s digital strategy along with its partner relations. Tracy has held this post for five years, where she has been able to contribute unique insight gained from serving in a variety of roles across the organization for over 15 years. She is an active participant in the International Refugee Assistance Program, the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, and the Wolf Conservation Center.

Committee Roles

US