Vlad Valiente appointed SOLAR president
The Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators (SOLAR) has appointed Vlad Valiente as its new president.
Mr Valiente is the legal services manager and data protection officer for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the fourth largest fire service in the world. He is also a co-convener of the In-house Lawyers Committee of the Law Society of Scotland.
SOLAR promotes and represents the interests of Scottish local authority and public sector lawyers and administrators.
Mr Valiente said: “I am delighted, honoured and privileged to become the president of SOLAR, an organisation I hold very close to my heart and truly believe in the fantastic work it does for the benefit of the public sector and the community as a whole.
“I am proud to be the first Venezuelan-Scot and the first fire service lawyer to hold the role. I would like to thank Jan Todd, for all her hard work, effort and commitment she gave whilst President for the last two years. I will very much miss working with her, she has been an inspiration.”