150078- Vice Chair of the Parole Board

Body: The Parole Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £350 per day [If applicable]
Time Requirements: Minimum of 30 days a year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    27/09/2019 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of the Vice Chair of the Parole Board

The Vice Chair of the Parole Board plays an important role in the leadership of the Board by:

  • Chairing or sitting on Parole Board panels deciding cases considered high profile, or otherwise noteworthy;
  • Supporting the Parole Board to fulfil both its statutory functions and performance objectives on member practice and decision making;
  • Deciding non-disclosure applications in accordance with the statutory Parole Board rules;
  • Approving panel listings for noteworthy or other nominated cases;
  • Assisting the Board as necessary when dealing with reconsideration applications
  • Encouraging and fostering a culture of trust and respect amongst the Parole Board membership;
  • Deputising for the Chair, as required;
  • Providing a minimum of 30 days per year to Parole Board activity, including a minimum of 15 days per year to chair Parole Board panels;
  • Serving as a Member of the Parole Board Management Committee (Please see role description at Appendix 1) and;
  • Serving as a Judicial Member of the Parole Board. The successful candidate will be appointed a Judicial Member by Ministers (Please see role description below at Appendix 1).

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Extensive senior judicial experience involving the criminal law, procedure and practice.
  • An understanding of the criminal justice system.
  • Aptitude and ability to sit as a Parole Board member to deal with sensitive complex cases.
  • Experience of working with others on a strategic committee or other decision-making group, equivalent to Board level, to be able to play a leading role in the strategic management of a complex, independent but publicly funded organisation.
  • Ability to work with and influence a wide range of individuals both within the Board, and its membership and external organisations.
  • An understanding/insight into some of the challenges and issues facing the Parole Board.
  • The aptitude and ability to work with the Chair and other members of the Management Committee to help modernise the way the Board deals with cases (e.g. digitalisation).
  • An ability to analyse and critically evaluate information to identify continuing risk/dangerousness in an individual offender’s case, where information may come from a variety of sources including electronic dossiers, email updates and evidence given at oral hearings.
  • An ability to apply knowledge and judgement to offenders’ cases to decide whether they can safely be released into the community and to set conditions where release is appropriate.

Additional Information

Other important appointment information

Tenure: Public appointments are offered on a fixed term basis. We do this to ensure that the leadership of our public bodies is regularly refreshed and the Parole Board can benefit from new perspectives and ideas. The appointment will run for 5 years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal and at the discretion of Ministers. In line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, there is a strong presumption that no individual should serve more than two terms or serve in any one post for more than ten years.

Remuneration: Remuneration is taxable and subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions. The role is not pensionable and your remuneration may be abated if you receive a public service pension.

Performance Appraisal: You will be assessed annually on performance by the Chair of the Parole Board.

Standards in Public Life: Public appointees are required to uphold the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s Seven Principles of Public Life (see Appendix 2). You are also expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct for board members of public bodies.

How to Apply

To make an application, please send:

  • A CV (maximum two sides of A4) detailing your qualifications, employment history and any appointments or offices you hold. Please also provide your preferred contact number and email address.
  • A personal statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from Advisory Assessment Panels indicates that applications which offer specific and tailored examples against the criteria, making clear the candidate’s role in achieving an outcome are often the strongest. Structuring the statement around the criteria using relevant headings also aids clarity.
  • Guidance on how to write a successful application is provided at Appendix 3.

Supporting Documents (Appendix 4)

Please also complete and return the following supporting documents:

  • potential conflicts of interest: If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of Parole Board, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your supporting documents.
  • Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media. The Advisory Assessment Panel may explore any issues with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment. Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment either not being made or being terminated.


  • Conflicts might arise from a variety of sources such as financial interests or share ownership, membership of, or association with, particular bodies or the activities of relatives or partners.       If you need further advice, please contact Colin Barker at PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gov.uk
  • note of public appointments – please list any appointments currently held;
  • referee details – please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
  • the political activity declaration form – In line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, details of any declared activity will be made public if you are appointed; and
  • the equal opportunities monitoring form – information is requested for monitoring purposes only and plays no part in the selection process. It will be kept confidential and will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel.

Please send your CV, personal statement and supporting documents to: PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gov.uk quoting reference PAT 150078 in the subject line of your email. We will acknowledge receipt.


If you have any questions about any aspects of this post, you are welcome to contact colin.barker@justice.gov.uk



Vice Chair Parole Board - Candidate Info Pack 09.09.19
Appendix 4a - conflict of interest 09.09.19
Appendix 4b - reference request form 09.09.19
Appendix 4c - diversity monitoring form 09.09.19
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