Mar 202019

Co-Chair (CPS) - Community Accountability Forum

Body: Crown Prosecution Service
Appointing Department: Attorney General's Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Change Management, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £250 per meeting
Time Requirements: Anticipated between 5 and 10 meetings a year depending on requirements

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 07/03/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 28/03/2019
  • Panel Sift: 02/04/2019
  • Final Interview Date: 11/04/2019
  • Announcement: TBC

Assessment Panel

  • Baljit Ubhey - Panel Chair - Director of Prosecution Policy and Inclusion, Crown Prosecution Service • Representative of Organisation
  • Amanda Rice - Deputy Director – Diversity & Inclusion, Ministry of Justice • Departmental Official
  • Patrick Harwood - CPS London Senior Business Partner, Crown Prosecution Service • Representative of Organisation

Vacancy Description

The Community Accountability Forum (CAF) is one of the CPS utilises to engage with external stakeholders from the voluntary community sector, academia and across government. This ensures that equality, fairness and inclusion are at the heart of what we deliver and that we continue to work to build confidence and understanding of the work of the CPS among all our communities. This is an exciting opportunity to Co-Chair the CAF with our Chief Executive and help shape and drive the inclusion and community engagement agenda at the Crown Prosecution Service.

Role/Commitment of the Independent Co-Chair

  • Working with the secretariat to ensure that the CAF runs efficiently and effectively, fulfilling its terms of reference
  • Holding the CPS to account for responding appropriately to issues raised by the CAF
  • Working with the Chief Executive and secretariat to provide a yearly update to the CPS Board on the work of CAF
  • Liaising with CAF members and the secretariat to ensure that a relevant agenda is in place for each meeting,
  • Encouraging the active involvement of members in discussions to provide independent personal and community perspectives in relation to issues discussed at the meeting
  • Ensuring that the all members adhere the Code of Conduct and other relevant policies
  • Working with the secretariat to identify organisations and individuals who can add value to the CAF in response to new and emerging issues
  • Considering new applications to join the CAF with input from CAF members (final decision rests with the CPS)
  • Liaising with CPS secretariat regarding the development of CAF members.

There will be 4 meetings a year. As the Independent Co-Chair, you will be expected to commit to up to 10 days a year, confirmed on appointment.

Person Specification

It is essential that in your written application, you give examples of proven experience against each of the selection criteria in Part One of the person specification.

These responses will be developed and discussed with those candidates invited for interview, together with the other competency criteria listed in Part Two. CPS would like the appointee to have knowledge and experience of one or more of the following areas within a professional context: inclusion, community cohesion, working with victims and witnesses, hate crime or Violence Against Women and Girls. Ideally appointees will come from organisations where partnership working is key to success.

All candidates need to be able to demonstrate the following:


  • Proven ability to Chair meetings effectively and support the delivery of tangible outcomes.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understating of one or more of the following areas: inclusion, community engagement or community cohesion, supporting victims and witnesses, VAWG or Hate Crime.
  • Proven ability to shape strategy, apply robust governance arrangements and monitor performance
  • Extensive experience of successfully working with and influencing a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, and developing strong partnerships that lead to improved performance and organisational success.
  • Proven ability in sharing knowledge, experience and networks to improve an organisation’s performance.
  • Highest level of integrity, impartiality and credibility with the ability to inspire trust and command respect.
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills able to represent the CPS in a variety of forums and environments.
  • Previous public sector experience is not essential, but your track record will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge or your ability to develop an understanding of the key public confidence challenges faced by the CPS.


  • Visible and demonstrable impartiality.
  • Ability to work in a supportive and collaborative way.
  • Unquestionable personal integrity.
  • Comfortable in the public eye.
  • Ability to think and act objectively and independently.
  • Commitment to high standards of public administration and public service delivery.
  • A strong sense of what is right and fair.
  • Tenacious and resilient in the face of challenge.

Additional Information

Additional information about the role and application process can be found at

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to submit a CV and expression of interest. Further details of which can be found on the CPS website.

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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