The Conveyancing Association has appointed Paul Smee as its new chairman.
He will take over from Eddie Goldsmith as non-executive chair. Goldsmith will become a senior adviser at the association.
See (pictured above) was previously a former director general of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, and has also been chief executive of the Payments Council and director general of the Association of Independent Financial Advisers.
The CA says Smee will be an “independent influence” at senior management level and ensure the industry is fully represented with the government and other influential stakeholders at a time when the conveyancing process is under review.
At the same time the CA has launched a new policy and strategy board, in order to give greater focus to the organisation’s work.
This board will be responsible for consulting the membership, dealing with consultation papers, providing a clear remit for the executive and defining future plans and strategy.
This new board will be chaired by Smee, and will have a reduced number of 15 representatives from across the CA’s membership.
Goldsmith says: “It’s our belief that must of the CA’s work in the immediate and short-term future will be about facilitation and working with the Government and influential stakeholders. It’s not about what should be done, but how, to make sure changes are sensible, measured, practical and supported by our industry.”