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New Board members appointed

Antony Townsend and Renata Drinkwater have been appointed by the Privy Council to the Board of the Professional Standards Authority. They replace Ann Curno and Sally Irvine who retired from the Board at the end of 2014 following six years of distinguished service.

Baroness Pitkeathley, Chair of the Professional Standards Authority has welcomed their appointment, ‘I am delighted that Antony and Renata have been appointed as new Board members. Their extensive experience and knowledge will be of great value to the Professional Standards Authority.’

Antony said:

I am delighted to become a member of the Professional Standards Authority and greatly look forward to the opportunity to contribute to its important work in raising and assuring standards of regulation and registration in health and social care across the UK.’

Renata said:

‘The Professional Standards Authority plays an important role in protecting the public and in leading improvement in regulation. I am looking forward to my new role with the Authority as a member of its Board.’


Antony Townsend is the Complaints Commissioner for Financial Services (in which role he considers complaints against the financial services regulators); Chair of the Regulatory Board of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; Chair of the UK and Ireland Regulatory Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; a consultant on regulation to the Royal Institute of British Architects; and a Trustee of Warwick District Citizens Advice Bureau.
He was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority from 2006 to 2014. Previously, he was Chief Executive of the General Dental Council, a Director of the General Medical Council, and a civil servant in the Home Office working principally on criminal justice issues.

Renata Drinkwater’s background is in business strategy consulting, latterly as a Director at Capita Property and Infrastructure and previously as a Partner at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and Principal Consultant at KPMG. During her consulting career she has led hundreds of projects for a wide range of clients including developers, operators and funders in the private, public and voluntary sectors in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Renata has a long standing interest in health sector issues. She is currently a Board member of the Self Care Forum. She was an elected Trustee for two terms at patient charity Diabetes UK, and has also held Non Executive Directorships at two acute hospital Trusts (where she chaired the Audit Committee and Charitable Funds Committees respectively), and also at a Primary Care Trust Cluster (where she was Vice Chair of the Audit and Clinical Commissioning Group Committees).

She is currently a Trustee of National Voices, the coalition of health and social care charities. In addition, she is Chief Executive of Self Management UK (formerly known as the Expert Patients Programme Community Interest Company), the country’s leading provider of self-management programmes for people with long term health conditions.

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Notes to the Editor

1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (previously known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.

2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.

3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.

4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relation to professional standards in health ans social care.

5. We do this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.

6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.

7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at