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Plenary One - Hot Topic – The Local and National Enforcement Framework – is it fit for purpose?

Plenary One - Monday 10 June 2019

Hot Topic – The Local and National Enforcement Framework – is it fit for purpose?

In the context of the green (poss. white) paper, what changes are needed to ensure local and national enforcers work together within an effective framework for protecting consumers? The panel discussion offers an opportunity for delegates to hear views and express points from the main players on the successes/tensions and possible changes that arise from the green paper/white paper on the enforcement landscape. 

Learning outcomes

Delegates will gain an understanding of the current issues/tensions between local and national enforcement at the key time as Govt. throws the matter open in the in the green/white paper discussions

Keynote speech

Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility

Craig McClue, Head of Policy; Chartered Trading Standards Institute

Craig is Head of Policy for the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and works to lead the debates that shape and promote the trading standards profession in the interests of members, key stakeholders and decision makers. Previously his role was as Lead Officer Executive, where he coordinated CTSI's expert Lead Officers and developed their expertise into policy positions for the profession.

Craig has been in various trading standards roles for over 20 years, mostly in South Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland. He likes to take a modern approach to trading standards issues and led high profile initiatives to tackle emerging issues such as new psychoactive substances and private parking.

Craig has recently been at the forefront of CTSI's EU policy work, chairing the Brexit Think Tank that examines the risks and opportunities to consumer protection and trading standards from the UK’s departure from the EU.

Lord Toby Harris, Chair, National Trading Standards Board

Lord Toby Harris has been Chair of the National Trading Standards Board, which is responsible for delivering national and cross-boundary consumer protection enforcement activity, since May 2013.  He is also the UK Coordinator of the Electrical Infrastructure Security Council, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Policing, and Treasurer of the Parliamentary Internet and Communications Technology Forum (PICTFOR). He was made a Life Peer in June 1998 and is Chair of the Labour Peers.

Sue Davies, Strategic Policy Partner; Which?

Sue Davies, Strategic Policy Partner at Which?, leads the organisation's policy work on the consumer landscape, as well as on Brexit, trade policy, food and product safety and is the author of Which?'s recent policy report "Creating a successful enforcement system for UK consumers." She was the Chair of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority from 2012-2016 and has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her work on food safety.  Prior to working at Which?, she worked in Environmental Health.

George Lusty, Senior Director for Consumer Protection; Competition and Markets Authority

George Lusty is the Senior Director for Consumer Protection at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). George oversees the CMA’s enforcement of consumer protection legislation, which includes ongoing investigations into the terms and practices of online travel agencies, secondary ticketing platforms, car hire firms and care home providers. 

George was previously a Project Director at the CMA, leading consumer law and antitrust investigations in a number of markets.  He led the CMA’s investigation of unfair and misleading practices in the groceries and gambling sectors, as well as investigations into possible abuse of market power in relation to the supply of drugs to the NHS. 

Prior to joining the CMA, George worked as a Référendaire at the Competition Appeal Tribunal and before that at the international law firm Simmons & Simmons, where he specialised in civil and criminal antitrust investigations and utilities regulation.”

Graeme Paton, Vice Chair; SCOTSS and Head of Service; Aberdeen City Council

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