You may have read in the Gazette that the Law Society will have a single board from next year.

The board will sit at the centre of how we run the Society,acting as the oversight body for effective implementation ofthe Society’s strategy and annual business plan. Finding theright person to chair the board will be crucial to making our governance reforms a success, and in shaping the way the Law Society operates.

Our advertisement for a chair of the board is generatinginterest, but we want a wide field of candidates in order to choose the best person for this important role for the future of theorganisation.

We need someone who can demonstrate the skills and experience required to fulfil a prominent role in an organisation undergoing significant change. This will necessitate demonstrable experience of working at a senior level on strategy implementation, business planning, technology transformation, and financial and organisational oversight.

The chair is a remunerated role, will serve a three-year term, and will be eligible for reappointment for one additional term. The closing date is 15 October (see for details of how to apply).

With regard to representation, the Council MembershipCommittee is now considering the way our members arerepresented in decision-making. We currently have a councilof nearly 100 people, comprising geographic, demographic and area of law representation.We will say more as this work progresses.As always, our email address ( is open for your thoughts.

Joe Egan, President, the Law Society