NSW Law Society welcomes new CEO

By Naomi Neilson|16 July 2020
NSW Law Society welcomes new CEO

The Law Society of NSW’s newest CEO not only brings extensive experience from the legal profession, but has government, academia and not-for-profit capabilities.

From August, the Law Society of NSW will welcome Sonja Stewart as its newest CEO. Ms Stewart will bring with her extensive senior experience across the Commonwealth and state governments, academia, not-for-profit and the legal profession.

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Ms Stewart was deputy secretary within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and, prior to that, a deputy commissioner of the NSW Public Service Commission. She is currently the interim CEO of Arrilla Consulting, a joint venture with KPMG.

President Richard Harvey said Ms Stewart has a proven capacity to work and deliver outcomes in complex environments and an impressive track record of stakeholder engagement on a state, national and international level.

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“Having undertaken an extensive global recruitment search for the CEO’s position, I’m delighted to announce someone of such calibre to lead the Law Society into its next exciting chapter,” Mr Harvey said.

“Sonja has a wealth of experience leading policy and regulatory programs, well-honed strategic and stakeholder management skills and a deep knowledge of the regulatory framework, all of which [are] underpinned by a genuine commitment to a just and accessible legal system.”

Ms Stewart said she was excited to serve the Law Society alongside Mr Harvey and the council, “to listen to and represent the legal profession, and to lead an organisation with a history of ensuring a just legal system”. 

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