LSB announces new appointment to the Office for Legal Complaints: Harindra Punchihewa

Photo of Harindra Punchihewa
Photo of Harindra Punchihewa

The Legal Services Board (LSB) today announces the appointment of Harindra Punchihewa as a new lay member of the Board of the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC).

The OLC is the Board of the Legal Ombudsman and this appointment has been made by the LSB in accordance with the Legal Services Act 2007.

Hari is a senior director with over 20 years’ board level experience within the Daimler Benz Group and the University of Derby. He is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant, Chartered Banker and in 2005 obtained Chartered Director status. He is currently Chief Finance Officer at Action for Children, and has held number of Non-Executive Board roles at the East Midlands Chamber, UMAL Insurance, Futures Housing Group and at present a member of the supervisory board at Derby County Cricket Club. His earlier career was in Corporate Finance including roles at Morgan Grenfell and Cooper Lybrand. Harindra also serves as a Magistrate.

Hari has been appointed for a four-year term from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2024 and he will chair the OLC’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. This follows the resignation of Shrinivas Honap, who will leave the OLC on 30 September 2020.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr Helen Phillips, Chair of the Legal Services Board, said:

“I am delighted to congratulate Hari on his appointment. His experience in a wide range of areas including in finance and accountancy will significantly benefit the working of the Office for Legal Complaints and the Legal Ombudsman, and support the ongoing drive to improve performance in the interests of consumers and the legal profession.

“I would also like to thank Shrinivas Honap for his contribution to tackling the challenges at the Legal Ombudsman.”

Elisabeth Davies, Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints said:

“Hari is joining the Board Office for Legal Complaints at a significant time and I don’t doubt that he is particularly well placed to share his skills around financial grip and risk management.  He will make an invaluable contribution to the important work that we do in the interest of consumers and the legal services sector.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks, on behalf of the OLC, to Shrinivas Honap for his service as a Board Member.”

Hari Punchihewa said:

“I am thrilled to be joining as a Non-Executive Board member of the Office for Legal Complaints and working with fellow Board Members to drive service improvements for consumers and the legal profession. People who use legal services must be able to seek redress when things go wrong and have confidence that they will be listened to and treated fairly. I look forward to taking on this challenging and important role.”

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