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Kenny steps down as head of LSB

£160k position to be advertised later this week 

23 June 2014

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Chris Kenny is stepping down as chief executive of the Legal Services Board (LSB) at the end of November.

Kenny, who has held the role since January 2009, will become CEO of a private sector organisation at the start of 2015.

The LSB has confirmed that the £160,000 position Kenny is vacating will be advertised later this week. It intends to make an appointment by the end of September.

"Colleagues on the LSB and in our executive team have shown consistent determination, rigour and creativity in improving the quality of regulation in the legal services sector, developing world-leading research and, above all, seeking to secure a better deal and greater access to justice for consumers by making the legal services market work more effectively. I am proud of the part I have played in helping them to achieve that," commented Kenny.

"I look forward to working with them and colleagues elsewhere in the sector and beyond in my final months in post as we consider our strategy for 2015-18."

The LSB's chair, Sir Michael Pitt, noted that Kenny "has built a powerful team at the LSB who will continue to deliver yet more vital change".

Pitt added that "it is hardly surprising, with his remarkable talents and after six successful years as chief executive of the LSB, Chris is moving forward in his career."

Kenny is the inaugural chief executive of the LSB. Advertising for a successor is expected to start later this week, with the process supported by Saxton Bampfylde.

The Legal Services Act 2007 created the LSB as a new regulator with responsibility for overseeing the regulation of legal services in England and Wales. The new regulatory regime became active on 1 January 2010.


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