Working with CILEx
Senior Management Team
Meet the team
Linda Ford, Chief Executive Officer
Linda Ford is Chief Executive (appointed in May 2017) of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, which represents 20,000 Chartered Legal Executives, paralegal and other legal practitioners in England Wales.
Linda has been CILEx’s chief operating officer since she joined in 2015 from the General Optical Council, where she was head of the education and standards directorate. She has also been interim CEO for the past two years.
Karl Cerski, Director of Group Services & Chief Financial Officer
Karl graduated from Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) with an honours degree in business studies and joined Perkins Engines as a finance trainee, studying part-time for his professional accountancy exams with CIMA. He went on to hold a series of management accounting and financial management roles with Thomas Cook, Castle Cement (during which time he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant), John Laing Construction and EPL Access Ltd before joining CILEx Law School as Director of Finance in 2010.
Victoria Hurdley, Director of Operations
Simon Garrod, Director of Policy & Governance
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association for Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, other legal practitioners and paralegals. CILEx works to advance and protect the status and interests of its members. We are responsible for developing and delivering products and services which provide our members, and their employers, with the support they need as to develop professional skills and competence across the legal sector.
Working for CILEx
We believe we have a great team here, committed to looking after the interests of our members. We are continually looking to add to that team - and who knows it could be you!
Bedford and the surrounding area is a great place to live and work, it is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, only 45 minutes from London, but on the doorstep of some of the most beautiful countryside in England.
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CILEx Rising Star Award Winner - April 2018
The CILEx Rising Star Award recognises excellence and rewards employees who have delivered outstanding work. Monthly winners will be entered into the CILEx Employee of the Year award, the overall winner being announced at our awards ceremony. This will be an exciting and prestigious occasion to recognise the achievements of our members and staff and celebrate success.
Congratulations to the first winner of the award, Yasmin Hussain, nominated for delivering outstanding customer service.
CILEx National Awards 2018
CILEx Employee of the Year: Louise Tyrrell
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Louise writes: I started my role as membership manager in October 2017, having worked at CILEx since 2010 in various roles.
Prior to this, I was a practising solicitor so have a good understanding of what it is like working as a legal professional and the many demands involved in an ever-changing legal environment.
I have always enjoyed working directly with our members, providing support and guidance in relation to a wide range of technical, practical and operational issues. For example, I was heavily involved with our success in securing a change to the guideline hourly rates, allowing Chartered Legal Executives to recover Grade A rates once they reach eight years’ PQE.
Whilst at CILEx, I have developed excellent working relationships with a number of our members and been pleased to witness their career development. Having followed members’ progress through our membership grades, it gives me a real buzz to meet them and their friends and families, for example, at our Graduation and Fellowship Admission ceremonies.
I have also worked with a number of members seeking additional practice rights and launching their own legal practices, as well as those who want to develop the scope of their legal and professional skills, for example, by seeking judicial appointment.
I was extremely honoured to be a part of the team that organised the inaugural CILEx National Awards, as it was an excellent way for us to showcase and celebrate our truly remarkable members and stakeholders. Being able to celebrate the significant role they play in the professional legal services sector, with colleagues who understand the importance of our members within that sector, was truly special.
To win an award myself and stand alongside all of the winners was an absolute privilege.
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