Lady Justice Rafferty was appointed vice chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission on 14 November 2017. Dame Anne was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2011 and a High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench division in 2000. She was made a Recorder in 1991, and a deputy High Court Judge in 1996. She has been Chairman of the Judicial College since 2014 and was Deputy Chairman of the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee from 2012 to 2017. Dame Anne began her professional career as a barrister in 1973 and practised in criminal law. She was the first woman to chair the Criminal Bar Association. In 2015 she was made Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.