The High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA), representing High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) across England and Wales, has welcomed new members to its Board, including a new chair, following a successful, virtual annual general meeting.

Alan J. Smith was appointed as Chair of the Association after a serving on the HCEOA Board since 2008, including five years as treasurer and most recently in the role as Vice Chair for the last five years.

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management, with over 35 years’ in the enforcement industry, Alan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. He is currently serving as Director of Corporate Governance at High Court Enforcement Group.

In a message to HCEOA members, Alan set out his priorities for his tenure, which include ensuring High Court enforcement is undertaken safely and responsibly, improving clarity and transparency for High Court enforcement, and modernising the High Court enforcement system across England and Wales.

The Association also made the following appointments:

  • Michael Jackson – Vice Chair
  • Alan Smith – Treasurer
  • Martin Leyshon - Complaints Officer
  • Peter Tunstill – Complaints Board Chair
  • James Metcalfe – Board member

Alan said: “Being appointed as Chair is a great honour and I will strive to uphold the traditions of the Association as we continue to raise our standards of enforcement.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Wilson for the last five years as Chair and the sterling work he has undertaken in this time. He leaves the Association in excellent order, but there is no doubt we collectively face some challenges ahead.

“As an Association we have three key themes in driving our aims as we move through 2021. These are to make sure High Court enforcement is undertaken safely and responsibly, improve clarity and transparency across High Court enforcement, and work with government to support and encourage the modernisation of the High Court enforcement system across England and Wales.

“I am looking forward to visiting all of our members to ensure that we as an Association are representing their priorities and can move forward together.”

The High Court Enforcement Officers Association represents members across England and Wales, who received over 120,335 Writs in 2019 collecting just under £116m in outstanding judgment debt on behalf of creditors.

High Court enforcement activity is being undertaken in an appropriate, flexible and sensitive manner that reflects the challenges we are all facing as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Association has developed a best practice Covid-19 plan.

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