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New interim head for education and training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The SRA has announced a new head at the helm of Education and Training. Yve Schelhaas replaces Di Lawson on an interim basis with effect from 4 July.

Originally a graduate in law, Schelhaas has over 20 years' management experience gained in the public, private and third sectors. Since the late 1990s she has worked as a consultant, managing large, multi-stakeholder initiatives in the legal services sector. Her areas of expertise include standards development, quality assurance, impact assessment and workforce development planning. Prior to her consultancy work, she was employed at the Legal Services Commission, managed a housing advice centre, and worked in higher education in a variety of roles.

She is no stranger to the SRA, having managed the recent tender process for the Legal Services Education and Training Review and was also involved in the Work-Based Learning project where she helped develop the profession's competencies for licensure.

Di Lawson has been appointed to the new post of Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy for Social Care. Samantha Barrass, the SRA's Executive Director of Supervision, Risk and Standards, said: 'Di Lawson has made a major contribution to the development of the SRA's Education and Training function during the course of her contract with us over the last 12 months. In particular, she has focused and invigorated the SRA's education and training strategy including the launch of the Education and Training Review.

'Yve joins us at a crucial stage in the advancement of our education and training strategy and work will continue apace while we make the substantive appointment to the post.' 

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