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SRA appoints new executive director

Richard Collins, the SRA's Director of Policy and Standards, has been promoted to the position of Executive Director, with responsibilities for Regulatory Policy, Standards, Strategy and Research.

In his new role, Richard will sit on the SRA Senior Management Team (SMT) and will be responsible for overseeing the management and development of these four areas.

Antony Townsend, SRA Chief Executive, said: "The changing legal services landscape has heralded radical changes to the way in which we conduct our regulatory activities. This has necessitated a new Handbook and, alongside this, a host of policy review considerations.

"The development of regulatory policy and standards will continue to be a critical element of our work as we become a licensing authority for ABS and expand our focus to include the regulation of global entities. Richard's appointment will complement the skills of the existing SMT members.

"His expertise in the legal policy arena, and knowledge of the sector, is formidable and he will make a valuable contribution to our strategic activities."

Richard joined the SRA in September 2010. Before this, he spent 18 months as Practice Director at a leading national criminal defence and human rights specialist law firm. He was previously Executive Director for Policy at the Legal Services Commission, during which time he worked closely with Lord Carter of Coles on his review of legal aid. Richard was awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to the administration of justice.

Richard Collins said: "I'm delighted to be moving into this new role at such an important time for the SRA. 2011 has seen major achievements for the organisation and I look forward to helping it ensure that the consumers of legal services benefit from our new approach to legal services regulation."

The SRA's senior management team now comprises:

  • Antony Townsend, Chief Executive
  • Samantha Barrass, Executive Director with responsibilities for Education and Training (including the Education and Training Review), Supervision, Risk, and the SRA's developing role in International Affairs
  • Mike Jeacock, Executive Director with responsibilities for Authorisation, Post Enforcement, Operations, Intelligence and Investigations. He is also responsible for organisational transformation including IT and the organisation's move to Birmingham in summer 2012
  • David Middleton, Executive Director with responsibilities for the Legal Directorate, and Enforcement
  • Richard Collins, Executive Director with responsibilities for Regulatory Policy, Standards, Strategy and Research

They will be joined in 2012 by the Director of Organisation Services, a new role established jointly by the SRA and the Law Society to provide shared services to both organisations.

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