Consumer champion chairs new CLC board

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By Legal Futures

20 March 2010

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has unveiled consumer champion Anna Bradley as its new chairwoman.

Ms Bradley currently chairs Ofcom’s independent consumer panel, having previously been consumer affairs director of the Financial Services Authority from 2002-5 and before that chief executive of the National Consumer Council.

Her other current roles include being non-executive chairman of the Soil Association’s organic standards board, a council member of the General Optical Council and a member of the board of Addaction, Britain’s largest drug and alcohol treatment agency.

On 1 May she replace Alistair Guthrie, who has chaired the CLC for five years.

The CLC has also unveiled the other six new members of its board, four of whom are licensed conveyancer members:

  • Alexander Clark, legal and compliance director and chairman of Enact Conveyancing;
  • Rob Gurney, a director and chairman of Premier Property Lawyers, and executive member of the E-Homebuying Forum;
  • John Jones, director for learning and development at Goldsmith Williams Solicitors; and
  • John Wells, a partner with the Robert Rose Partnership and a former president of ILEX.

The two new lay members are:

  • Jan Smith, a strategic marketing consultant and managing director of The Virtual Company Limited; non-executive director with Saffron Building Society, Government Actuary’s Department and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust; and a former non-executive of The Royal Mint and the HM Land Registry; and
  • George Kidd, a non-executive commissioner of the Direct Marketing Commission; former chief executive of the PhonepayPlus and deputy director of the deregulation unit at the Cabinet Office.

CLC chief executive Victor Olowe said: “I am delighted with the mix of skills and experience the new members bring to the Council and I am confident they will help the CLC to address future challenges, particularly to deliver proportionate and outcomes-focused regulation.”


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