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 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.




Simon Blandy - Director of Regulatory Standards

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

Prior to joining the CLC in May 2000, Simon was a solicitor in private practice specialising in commercial litigation.






Stephen Ward - Director of External Relations 

Stephen has responsibility for the CLC’s media and government relations and communications with the regulated community as well as licensing and complaints handling.

Stephen has a background in the civil service and political campaigning as well as business strategy in the private sector. More recently Stephen was Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Law Society where he tripled media coverage of the organisation. Stephen also holds voluntary roles as co-chair of the InterLaw Diversity Forum and Deputy Chair of Pride in London.