After working with the Solicitor’s regulation Authority (SRA) on appointments across several years, within the last two years we have supported them on the appointment of their Chair and six non-executive directors. The Chair would bring a commitment to public protection and consumer interests and the non-executive directors would bring breadth of expertise across law, innovation, consumer interests, business, and regulation.
For the Chair role, we approached individuals across private, public, and non-profit sectors for individuals with prior chairing experience and clear interest in the regulatory role of the SRA. For the appointment of two non-executive directors in 2018 and four in 2021, our research spanned across both legal practitioners and those from outside the profession who could bring useful insights.
Ensuring that diversity and inclusion was at the heart of each search was of the utmost importance. Our approach included working closely with the SRA to search across a range of networks, reaching out to individuals championing diversity and inclusion in their own field, and consulting power and business lists created to document successful leaders from diverse backgrounds.
Anna Bradley, former Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council and Chair of the Council of Licensed Conveyancers, was appointed as Chair.
Selina Ullah, non-executive director with Accent Group and Chair of several charities; and Peter Higson, former Chief Executive of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, were appointed as non-executive directors in 2018.
Vikas Shah, entrepreneur, investor, and member of the UK Government’s Industrial Development Advisory Board; Dermot Nolan, former Chief Executive of Ofgem; Elizabeth Smart, director of SHU Law Limited; and Ann Harrison, former Chair and Partner at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, were appointed as non-executive directors in 2021.