First-ever legal executive appointed chair of Resolution

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Resolution has welcomed a new National Chair in Juliet Harvey who took up the position today (24 June) at the conclusion of its Annual General Meeting (AGM), held for the first time virtually.

Juliet becomes the first Legal Executive to lead the 6,500+ member body after serving as Vice-Chair for the past two years. Her elevation to Chair was delayed by three months after the postponement of the AGM, originally due in March, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The previous Chair, Margaret Heathcote, continued in position in order to co-ordinate Resolution’s response to the crisis.

On assuming the position of National Chair, Juliet Harvey said: “I am delighted to take up the role and excited to see what we can achieve together. However, it is a responsibility that I do not bear lightly. I will work tirelessly to ensure Resolution continues to serve all members throughout these unprecedented times. The recovery period will not be without its challenges, but Resolution is ideally-placed to support family practitioners to meet these challenges. My message to our members, and anyone thinking of joining, is “Resolution is here for you.”

“I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor Margaret Heathcote. Her unfaltering energy, commitment, and sense of humour has resulted in Resolution being in an even stronger position than it was two years ago. I know I speak on behalf of our entire membership when I say a heartfelt thank you to Margaret for her leadership, and in particular for staying on longer than planned to help us deal with the current crisis.

“I am proud to serve as the first Legal Executive to become Chair of Resolution. I feel it is vital that we broaden our membership, recruiting more legal executives, barristers, financial advisors and others into our ranks. Resolution is an organisation for the entire family justice community, not just for solicitors.”

Immediate past chair Margaret Heathcote welcomed her successor adding: “I wish Juliet the very best of luck in the role. She no doubt takes up the position in unprecedented and challenging circumstances but I am sure her strong and thoughtful leadership will see Resolution continue to thrive. It has been a privilege and honour to serve our members over the past two years as Chair and I feel enormously proud of what we’ve achieved together.”

As well as welcoming a new chair, the rescheduled AGM also saw members approve the 2019 company accounts and re-appoint Wilkins Kennedy as auditors.