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TSI appoints new chief executive

Leon LivermoreThe Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Leon Livermore to the post of chief executive. 

Harold Gay, chairman of TSI board said: "I am delighted Leon Livermore has agreed to become the new CEO of the Trading Standards Institute when Ron Gainsford, the current CEO, retires in March next year.

"He takes on the challenge of delivering the expectations of TSI members, consumers, business, local authorities and central government in what will be a period of significant change for trading standards professionals".

Leon is currently head of supporting businesses and communities at Cambridgeshire County Council and was chairman of TSI from 2011-2012.

He said: "When I embarked on my career as a trainee trading standards officer nearly 25 years ago little did I know that I would be joining the best profession in the world. The Institute has always played a central role in both my development and that of our broader profession. I welcome the opportunity to build on the amazing legacy that Ron leaves behind.

"These are both challenging and exciting times for the Institute and the profession, and I am determined to build on Ron's excellent work, working with stakeholders and the government to support consumers and drive business compliance. We cannot afford to step back from voicing our concerns, sharing our expertise and supporting viable innovation as local authorities strive to meet economic challenges and regulatory requirements. I will be working to ensure that TSI's 'ten pillars'* are recognised as a gold standard for regulatory delivery."

Ron Gainsford will step down as CEO after eleven years at the Institute. A fellow of the Institute, he was awarded vice presidency and life membership of TSI in 2012. In 2010 Ron received an OBE for services to consumers and business.

He said: "It has been my good fortune to have led TSI in this past decade of transformation and success. The TSI brand of professional and public assurance has a pedigree going back 130 years, and with my successor at the helm I am sure it will grow to be one of even greater trust and responsibility. He will inherit a brilliant team and an abundance of goodwill and talent across the TSI spectrum. I wish him, and TSI (to which I owe so much), every fulfilment and success."                                          

Notes for Editors:

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Irja Howie at TSI press office on 0845 608 9430 / 07780 675815 or

1. Leon is currently head of supporting businesses and communities at Cambridgeshire County Council. This includes waste, trading standards, arts, culture and sport. Leon's service established the award winning Community Alcohol Partnerships and received Beacon Status for its work on better regulation. In addition to being head of trading standards he was chairman of the Trading Standards Institute 2011-12.

2. TSI has taken on major roles resulting from the Consumer Landscape Review, these include approved codes, business education and supporting the National Trading Standards Board.

3. TSI is currently working towards Royal Chartered Status and has developed a competency framework which includes the Trading Standards Practitioner award.

4. TSI is involved in policy and training in the UK, Europe and Internationally. We host the UK European Consumer Centre and the European Consumer Centre for Services and work with various consumer and regulatory bodies including Prosafe (Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe) and FLEP (Food Law Enforcement Practitioners).

*The ten pillars of an effective trading standards service

1. That the service is designed to protect the economic, trading standards and consumer protection interests of the citizens and economies it serves through risk-based consumer and public protection interventions.

2. That the service is designed to a standard that recognises its responsibilities to the local, regional, and national consumer and public protection system.

3. That the service satisfies its statutory obligations set by central agencies / government departments and the EU.

4. That the service understands the needs of its communities and businesses and is accountable to them through local mechanisms.

5. That the service is appropriately resourced according to value for money principles and enjoys active local democratic accountability and scrutiny.

6. That the service plays an active role within the regional infrastructure and where appropriate contributes towards the activities of the National Trading Standards Board or equivalent structure within the devolved nations.

7. That the service operates to national best practice and recognises statutory guidance that is produced by government and relevant central agencies.

8. That the service maximises efficiency and effectiveness by working in partnership with other local authority services, third sector organisations and other relevant agencies through coordinating operational programmes and practices towards societal and economic outcomes.

9. That the service recognises and uses the trading standards national qualification framework or other future standard, recognised by statute, where applicable.

10. That the service commits to membership of professional bodies and associations where applicable.

Trading Standards Institute (TSI)
TSI is a training and membership organisation that has represented the interests of the trading standards profession since 1881 nationally and internationally. We aim to raise the profile of the profession while working towards fairer, better informed and safer consumer and business communities.

TSI's members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities and in business.