In November 2018, Lynn Plumbley indicated she no longer wished to continue as full-time CEO, a role she has been undertaking for nearly nine years. The CLSB board agreed to split the role into being two part-time roles, a CEO and Head of Operations (HoO). By doing so, this provides an extra person on the executive side of the CLSB. Lynn indicated she wished to take on the role of HoO and the CLSB board agreed to this. Following a recruitment process, the CLSB is pleased to announce Kate Wellington will be joining the CLSB as its new CEO on Monday 10 June 2019.

Kate is a qualified Solicitor in the UK and Australia. She holds undergraduate degrees in law (LLB) and economics (BEc) as well as a postgraduate degree in civil law (BCL) from the University of Oxford. Kate began her legal career in the public sector before transitioning to private practice at Linklaters LLP in London, specialising in commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations. In 2013, Kate moved in-house to work for Which? (the UK’s largest consumer association) where she held various senior roles including Lead Lawyer for Policy and Communications and Head of Legal Operations. Kate’s specialist areas include consumer rights, ADR, regulatory policy and the development of professional standards. Katehas served on numerous advisory committees and steering groups throughout her career, both at the UK and EU level. She held a public appointment to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee from 2013 to 2018 and is currently an independent member of the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Professional Standards Committee and the Ombudsman Association’s Validation Committee.