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Antony Townsend

Antony has been the Chief Executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority since its establishment in 2006. In that role, he has led major reforms in the regulation of solicitors including the introduction of a risk-based approach to regulation, and greater competition in the legal services market. He is stepping down from this position at the end of January.

He was the General Dental Council's chief executive from 2001-2006, where he led a large reform programme to modernise dental regulation, involving legislative, structural and operational change, and including the extension of regulation to new groups of dental professionals. Before this Antony held a number of senior roles at the General Medical Council, including Director of Standards and Education, and Head of Conduct. In all these roles, he worked extensively with the regulators of other professions, with consumer organisations, with professional representatives, and with government.

He is Chair of the UK and Ireland Regulatory Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. His earlier career was with the Home Office, where he worked primarily on criminal justice issues.

Last updated: 30 Oct 2013