The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced that the current deputy chief executive of the General Medical Council, Paul Philip (pictured) will replace the outgoing chief executive of the SRA, Antony Townsend, who is retiring after 9 years at the helm.
The changeover will be made on the 1st of February 2014 and Mr Philip is looking forward to taking up his new role. He 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.”
The SRA sees Mr Philip’s experience in handling the GMCs medical ethics and disciplinary functions, where he reformed the council’s disciplinary work as a great reason for appointing him as well as the fact he led the in-house legal team during his time there and achieved multi six-figure savings for the organisation.
Chair of the SRA Charles Plant declared how happy they were to appoint Mr Philip saying: “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.”
It is not the first time that the SRA have recruited for this role from the medical regulation field, as his predecessor Antony Townsend joined the SRA from the General Dental Council in 2006.
1. Legal Futures; http://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/sra-hits-back-after-law-society-attack-on-indemnity-reforms