New CILEx CEO announced

New CILEx CEO announced

23 July 2014

Mandie LavinThe Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has today announced that Mandie Lavin is to be appointed as their new Chief Executive. Miss Lavin will take over the post on 1 January 2015, upon the retirement of Diane Burleigh OBE at the end of 2014.

Miss Lavin is currently director of regulation at the General Optical Council, having previously served as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s director of fitness to practise and legal affairs, and as director of the Bar Standards Board.

Miss Lavin said: “I am thrilled to be joining CILEx in the midst of many exciting developments, and to continue the excellent work the organisation has done for more than fifty years. CILEx has built a reputation as a progressive organisation, and has achieved pioneering developments in legal education, member services and regulation. I am greatly looking forward to supporting CILEx’s staff and members as they take on new practice rights and continue their admirable work.”

CILEx President Frances Edwards said: “Mandie brings with her an impressive track record and forward thinking attitude. She will make an excellent addition to the CILEx family, and we greatly look forward to her taking up the post in 2015.”

Mrs Edwards continued: “We are fortunate that Diane will continue to lead the organisation to the end of this year. After fifteen years at the helm she has brought about a radical change in the standing of CILEx and its members, and her legacy will be testament to her formidable efforts.”


Mandie Lavin qualified as a nurse at Guys Hospital in 1987 before qualifying as a barrister. She was called to the Bar in October 1993 as a member of the Middle Temple. She spent three years in financial regulation at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and prior to that was director of fitness to practice at the UKCC (the predecessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.)

Miss Lavin went on to become director of fitness to practise and legal affairs at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and was then named as director of the Bar Standards Board. She joined the General Optical Council as director of regulation in October 2011.