The High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA) welcomes the appointment of the first chair of the Enforcement Conduct Board (the Board), Catherine Brown, the former Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency and current Chair of environmental charity Hubbub.

The Board is a new independent oversight body for the civil enforcement sector and will act to drive up standards, improve the effectiveness of enforcement and provide better protection to people struggling with debt. It has been created through a partnership between the civil enforcement sector and leading debt advice charities, such as the Money Advice Trust, Christians Against Poverty and StepChange.

The Board – which will operate independently of both the industry and the Government – will have a clear mandate to ensure fair treatment and appropriate protection for people subject to action by enforcement agents.

Chair of the HCEOA, Alan J. Smith, said: “The HCEOA would like to welcome Catherine Brown in her new role as first chair of the Enforcement Conduct Board.

“We fully support the aims of the Board and look forward to working closely with Catherine, and other voices from the debt advice sector and enforcement profession, as we continue to help our members practise safe and responsible enforcement.”

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