Jun 052020

Board Non-Executive Director & Chair of Audit and Risk Assurance Committee - HM Courts & Tribunals Service

Recruiter: HM Courts & Tribunals Service
Location: London
Salary: £12,000 per annum - c. 36 days per year
Posted: 03 Jun 2020
Closes: 03 Jul 2020
Ref: 75370
Job Function: Board Member, Chair
Industry: Public, Central Government

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) sits at the heart of our justice system and plays a critical role in protecting fundamental rights and freedoms, supporting access to justice for all, whilst also maintaining the rule of law. Created in April 2011 as an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, HMCTS is responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales and non-devolved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. HMCTS currently has around 16,000 staff, operating from around 400 locations with a gross annual budget of c£1.6 billion, approximately £800 million of which is recovered in fees and income from service users. It handles more than 2 million criminal cases, 1.8 million civil claims, more than 150,000 family law disputes and almost 800,000 tribunal cases annually. This means that crimes are brought to justice; children are kept safe; business dealings are securely underpinned; and people know that Government cannot ride roughshod over them.

Whilst HMCTS has a proud heritage and reputation, it must not stand still. In 2016 an ambitious, £1bn reform programme was launched to deliver a word-class court system that is not just the best, but also the most modern in the world. The programme of reform is providing entirely new ways to access justice – with simple matters dealt with rapidly online, from fixed penalties for the lowest-level crime to an efficient service for uncontested divorce, and a new Online Court that combines mediation and dispute resolution. The reform programme is providing much improved services for users, especially vulnerable witnesses and victims. Once complete, HMCTS will have: modernised the court and tribunal estate; updated and replaced its technology; speeded up and streamlined working practices; refurbished buildings to reduce maintenance costs; and continued to improve services for all users.

The current pandemic has shown both the value of those systems we have reformed, and the need for future change. We have been able to keep systems running and do things in new ways that would not have been possible even a few years ago, but the case for change is starkly made by how much more difficult it has been in the less-reformed parts of our work.

Candidates will require:

  • Either experience as a serving or former Chief Finance Officer, or an ability to think logically and objectively in analysing complex financial and non-financial information in order to identify key issues and implications, and to make balanced judgements and effective decisions.Or
  • Experience – preferably current – of working in or connected with the legal profession.

For further information, including the Job Description and Person Specification please see the candidate brief attached.

Please note, as part of your application, you will need to complete the attached Conflicts of Interest Form and send directly to sarah.sulaiman@odgersberndtson.com

Closing date: 3rd July 2020

Downloadable Content

The preferred method of application is online at www.odgers.com/75370

If you are unable to apply online please email your application to: 75370@odgersberndtson.com

Any postal applications should be sent to:

Government Practice
Odgers Berndtson
20 Cannon Street
London EC4M 6XD
All applications will receive a response.

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