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SFO chief quits

Serious Fraud Office chief executive Phillippa Williamson has stepped down from her role.

Williamson announced yesterday that she would be leaving, the news comes days before SFO director Richard Alderman is due to leave on April 20.

Williamson says: “It has been a privilege to lead the SFO through a period of exceptional change during challenging times. I am proud to have worked with so many talented people both within the SFO and across government.”

Williamson has been chief executive of the SFO for almost four years. The SFO says she may not be replaced in the role. Richard Alderman will be replaced by David Green QC.

Alderman says: “I am very grateful for the crucial role she has played in transforming the SFO. We could not have achieved all that we have without Phillippa’s leadership and commitment.”

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  1. Has anyone ever seen a leaving eulogy in respect of a member of a public body that does not refer to “leadership through a period of change” and “transforming the organisation”.This raises the question that quasi Civil Servants are in denial that things change in the outside world, and are therefore taken by surprise that most organisations in the real world adapt continuously. This may shine a light on the mentality at Canary Wharf were the regulation appears to fixated on a definitive process, and the surprise that such rigidity creates an ever greater level of disruption in a market that is the process of constant change.

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