ILEX Appoints Regulation Board Chair

28 May 2008 pr018.08

Alan Kershaw has been appointed as the first Chair of the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) regulatory body to be known as ILEX Professional Standards Limited.

Alan is a specialist in professional regulation and brings with him a long record of achievement. Alan was the first Chief Executive of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners from 1999 to 2007. Prior to that, he had spent 16 years working for the General Medical Council, his final 3 years as Director of Education and Standards. He was closely involved in all aspects of regulatory policy.

His experience in the public service role and in the field of regulation has been extensive. He is currently a member of the Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society; a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council; he has worked with the UK Voluntary Register of Public Heath Specialists and with the City & Guilds Institute. He was a founder member of the General Osteopathic Council.

He was appointed a member of the Investigating Committee at the Institute of Legal Executives in 2002. He was a member of the Transitional Regulatory Board at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, with whom he continues to do regulatory work. Since 2005 he has served on the Board of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. He will step down from this position on taking up his appointment as Chair of ILEX Professional Standards.

“We are pleased and delighted to welcome Alan to this important new post,” said ILEX President Lesley Graham. “ILEX takes its regulatory responsibilities extremely seriously and has a well deserved reputation for good regulation. Alan’s wide experience will not only maintain this good reputation, but also lead ILEX through ILEX Professional Standards into new and more complex areas of regulation that will enable Legal Executives to play an increasing role in the delivery of excellent legal services to consumers.”

Alan Kershaw said “This is a time of tremendous opportunity for Legal Executives and for their professional institution. The public recognise the growing part legal executives are playing in the delivery of high quality legal services. Effective, transparently independent professional regulation cannot but enhance this and I am thrilled to be given the chance to play a part in the Institute’s further development. I look forward to the immediate task of building a well balanced, strategically focused Board which will catch a vision for the profession’s future, to the benefit of both Legal Executives and the public.”

Alan will take up his post with effect from 1 June 2008.