The senior management team

Sheila Kumar

Chief Executive

Sheila is the Chief Executive of the CLC. Prior to joining the CLC, Sheila was Group Director of Regulation at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

A lawyer with an extensive background in regulation, she led the team at the Ministry of Justice involved in the Clementi review; the independent review into regulation of the legal sector and held positions as Head of Competition and Head of Consumer Protection.

Sheila is a Lay Member of the Council of the General Dental Council.

Sheila has also been Director of Change, Delivery and Performance Excellence at the Law Society, developing the model for the separation of regulation and representation. In her most recent role, Sheila led the development of the Equality and Human Rights Commission as a modern regulatory body.

Stephen Ward

Director of Strategy & External Relations

Stephen has responsibility for the CLC’s media and communications with the regulated community as well as government and stakeholder relations. He also leads on the CLC’s strategy development and delivery.

Stephen has a background in the civil service and political campaigning as well as business strategy in the private sector. For several years Stephen was Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Law Society.

Stephen was part of the founding Board of Pride in London from 2012-2016 as Deputy Chair and Communications Director. Pride in London reestablished the capital’s Pride celebrations and added award-winning, multi-channel campaigning activity

Simon Blandy

Director of Regulatory Standards

Simon is responsible for legal and regulatory functions including CLC Policy, Standards, Disciplinary Action and Legal Affairs.

Jason Hinrichsen

Director of Finance & Operations

Jason is responsible for the financial affairs of the CLC as well as the operational practice management functions, IT and supporting the Licensing team. Jason has previously held senior posts in a not-for-profit and telecommunication group, run his own business and held various posts in the financial services sector.