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SRA announces new Chief Executive

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has appointed Paul Philip, as its next Chief Executive.

Paul is presently the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of the General Medical Council, the regulator of doctors in the UK. With over 1,000 staff and an operating budget of £96 million he is responsible for leading all corporate work programmes, as well as delivering all the organisation's core regulatory work.

He will join the SRA on 1 February 2014.

Charles Plant, Chair of the SRA Board, said: "Paul has a wealth of experience in public interest regulation relating to the provision of professional services, which will be brought to bear on the opportunities and challenges facing the SRA as it moves to the next stage in our development. We are fortunate to have secured his services."

Paul Philip said: "I am delighted to be joining the SRA at this key time and look forward to building on the considerable strengths and achievements of the organisation to date."

Before being appointed to his current role, Paul led the GMC's medical ethics and disciplinary functions. He radically reformed the GMC's disciplinary work, ensuring the organisation delivered against challenging operational targets at the same time as introducing wide-ranging cultural change.

He also led the development of the GMC's in-house legal team, delivering multiple six figure savings for the organisation. The team now deals with all investigation and litigation work on behalf of the council, with over one hundred staff.

Paul has previously held senior roles in both the Legal Services Commission and the NHS. He has both a first degree in law and a masters in law and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn.

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