New Chief Executive appointed

New Chief Executive appointed

Nick Hawkins has been appointed Chief Executive of the Legal Ombudsman. The current Chief Operating Officer for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will replace interim Chief Executive, Ian Brack, in October.

Nick, a qualified barrister, joined the IPCC in September 2014. Prior to this he spent 15 years in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as Chief Crown Prosecutor. He earlier served 22 years in the Royal Navy, retiring in the rank of Commander in 1999, after setting up the independent Naval Prosecuting Authority.

He is also a visiting professor at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth.

Nick said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Legal Ombudsman. This is an exciting and challenging role, which delivers an important service to consumers and regulated legal service providers. I look forward to working with the team in Birmingham to further enhance the service they provide.”

Steve Green, Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints (the LeO Board), commented: “I’m pleased to welcome Nick to the organisation. He comes with an impressive track record of achievement and delivery in a range of high-performing organisations. I’m confident he will use these skills to provide strong leadership to the team.”

Recruitment is underway for the separate role of Chief Ombudsman.