Ian Brack, formerly chief executive and chief accounting officer of the Olympic Lottery Distributor, has been appointed interim chief executive of the Legal Ombudsman (LeO).
As first revealed by Legal Futures, Adam Sampson resigned as chief executive and Chief Legal Ombudsman last month after a controversy about travel expenses meant his organisation’s accounts are likely to be qualified by the National Audit Office.
Mr Brack was appointed by the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC) – LeO’s board – on an initial six-month contract.
Steve Green, chair of the OLC, said Mr Green had “a good record managing large budgets and a varied portfolio of work”.
Mr Green went on: “This experience should service him well at the ombudsman, where we face a number of imminent challenges including our new claims management jurisdiction in January.”
A spokesman for LeO described Mr Brack as “an experienced leader with a reputation for overseeing dynamic change and managing complex stakeholder relationships”.
Before heading the Olympic Lottery Distributor, Mr Brack was director of policy at the organisation for four years, following on from 10 years as director of policy at the Millennium Commission.
Mr Brack commented: “I’m keen to hit the ground running to help and support the organisation, and all of its stakeholders, through the challenges and opportunities we face over the next few months.”
A spokesman for the National Audit Office said the audit of LeO’s accounts was still going on and no decision had been taken as to whether or not they would be qualified.