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SRA Chief Executive to step down

The SRA has announced that its Chief Executive, Antony Townsend, will be stepping down later in the year.

Antony said: “I have headed up the SRA from its inception. The pace of change has been relentless; the challenges have been formidable.

"The SRA now has a firm basis upon which to develop and mature its new approach to regulation. I have concluded that after seven years it is a good time for me to move on, so I will leave once my successor has been appointed.

"I want to pay particular thanks to my exceptional colleagues, who have worked tirelessly in often difficult circumstances, and to the present and past Board members who have been an invaluable source of support."

Charles Plant, Chair of the Board, added: “Antony, who was the first Chief Executive of the SRA, inherited a regulatory organisation and regime in serious need of reform. Much has been achieved by the SRA under Antony's leadership over the past seven years.

"The SRA's transformation process must continue with particular emphasis on operational delivery now that the new regulatory framework is substantially in place. The next stage in the SRA's development will be equally demanding over a further protracted period of time, and Antony and I have agreed that now is an appropriate time to effect a change.

"The Board places on record its considerable gratitude to Antony for the dedication and skill with which he has led the SRA in challenging times, and for the success which has been achieved."