Chair of the College of Policing

Body: College of Policing
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education, Prison & Policing
Location: College of Policing, Riverside House, London SE1 9HA. As this is a national role, the Chair will be required to undertake travel across the UK.
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Remuneration will be calculated pro rata with a full time equivalent salary of £135,000
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment of the role is four to six days per month.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

An announcement is expected in September / October.

Date: 15/11/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    15/11/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Longlist


This appointment has been delayed due to the General Election.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

This is a critical role, leading the development of the College of Policing as it becomes a world class professional body, shaping and influencing policing for future generations.

The Chair is ultimately accountable for the long term success of the College, assuring its independence so that it retains the confidence of its members, its stakeholders and the public. The Chair’s role is to enable the College Board of Directors to fulfil its responsibilities for the strategic leadership and overall governance of the organisation.

Together with the College Board of Directors, the Chair will set the College’s strategic direction and aims against budgets and priorities. They will provide the College Chief Executive and their Executive team with the necessary leadership, challenge and support to enable the College to meet its goals. The Chair and Board hold the Executive to account to ensure that the College meets all of its statutory responsibilities and financial imperatives.

The College is still in its early stages of development, so the Chair will play a leading role in shaping the organisations values and culture as it builds the profession of policing and wins the confidence of the public, its members, policing and Parliament.

Key Responsibilities:

The Board of Directors set the strategic direction and the values of the College and ensures that the College meets its obligations to the public, its members, its partners, and the Home Secretary as the sole Member of the company. The Board of Directors bring to bear professional judgement, knowledge and experience from across different sectors in consideration of matters of strategy, performance, risk, financial and human resources and the conduct of College staff.

Leading the Board, the Chair’s responsibilities include:

  • Strategy – Lead the College’s strategic direction by providing considered leadership and constructive challenge.
  • Performance – Support the College in meeting its objectives and its role in the wider policing landscape by scrutinising the performance of the Executive team in meeting agreed goals.
  • Governance & Risk – Provide the highest standards of governance in the management of the College, ensuring robust financial controls are in place that support the College’s strategic objectives and deliver value for money.
  • People management – Ensure there is an effective performance management system in place across the College that enables the Board to monitor the performance of, and hold the Chief Executive and his senior management team accountable.
  • Values – Develop and promote the College’s values, culture and standards. Ensure that the College understands and meets its obligations to the Member, its membership, other stakeholders and the public.
  • Leadership – Build positive relationships with Board members and oversee broader governance across the Board and its committees.
  • Stakeholder relations – Build effective working relations with College staff, its Members and other stakeholders, including key government departments such as the Home Office and HM Treasury.
  • Appointments – Play an active role in the appointment, management and review of performance of other Board Directors.

As a holder of a public office in the College of Policing, the Chair is expected to follow the College’s Code of Ethics – A Code of Practice for the Principles and Standards of Professional Behaviour for the Policing Profession of England and Wales. The Code includes the Seven Principles of Public Life, as set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life. The Chair will be expected to observe the highest standards of propriety involving impartiality, integrity and objectivity.

Person Specification

You will be able to demonstrate:

Part One – Essential Criteria

  • Demonstrable experience of operating at senior board level, most likely as a Chair, working successfully with the Executive and non-executives to develop a high performing Board that takes forward the strategic direction of a complex organisation.
  • A professional track record that demonstrates dynamic strategic leadership qualities that inspires confidence in your ability to develop a compelling vision and strategy to guide the college in its ambition of becoming a wholly independent, financially viable professional body that will shape the future of UK policing.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement robust governance arrangements and monitor performance encompassing financial, performance and risk management.
  • A successful track record of managing relations with a complex range of stakeholders in an environment where decisions are under tough internal and external scrutiny.
  • A sound understanding of and strong commitment to equal opportunities, diversity, public service values and the principles of public life.

Part Two – Skills and personal qualities

  • Excellent communication, influencing and relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively using persuasion and influence effectively in a high profile environment.
  • Political awareness and the ability to operate at the highest levels within Westminster whilst inspiring confidence in the College’s independence amongst the UK Law Enforcement Community and the public.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level and Police vetting. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-5 weeks to obtain the security clearance.

How to Apply

If you wish to request a candidate pack or have any queries about any aspect of this role, then please contact Sue Jenkins at Gatenby Sanderson on 020 7426 3975 or Mark Turner on 020 7426 3983.

Completed applications should be emailed to GatenbySanderson website:

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