Chair – Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board, Police Plan of Action on Inclusion and Race

Body: College of Policing and National Police Chiefs Council
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Flexible/Home Working
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £400 per day
Time Requirements: 24 days per annum

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    25/04/2021 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

We require an independently minded expert with a track record in championing inclusion and race equality to scrutinise, check and challenge us as we develop and deliver a plan of action on inclusion and race. The Plan will aim to build a more inclusive police service, and address negative disparities for Black people interacting with, or working in, policing.

You will play an essential part in ensuring that the Plan is effective and delivered and that policing can change for the better.

Police Plan of Action on Inclusion and Race

The legitimacy of UK policing is built on relationships between the police and the public, but levels of trust and confidence are significantly lower among some Black communities.

Through collective commitment, and with external challenge and support, the Plan will ensure that policing becomes more inclusive and addresses negative disparities in the experiences of Black people interacting with, or working in, policing. We intend that the outcomes of this Plan will benefit all communities.

The Police Plan of Action on Inclusion and Race is being led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the College of Policing and it will result in changes across police forces in England and Wales.

Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board Chair

For the Plan to make progress, listening to communities and staff, evidence and lived experience is essential. A new Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board (ISOB), is key to that vision. We seek an exceptional candidate to help shape this important priority for policing.

As the Chair of the ISOB you will work alongside the Programme Board in their responsibility for delivering the Plan. You will help to generate ambition, action and stretch within policing by providing robust, effective challenge, support, direction and profile for the Plan, to ensure that it delivers meaningful change.

You will act as a critical friend, with an active and independent voice, highlighting issues of concern and advising the Programme Board. You will publicly review, report and communicate on the extent to which the Plan is delivered and make recommendations for further progress, we anticipate to considerable public interest.

You will guide the appointment of the other members of the ISOB, ensuring the necessary expertise, lived experience and challenge is represented. You will Chair Board meetings in a way that maximises contributions from all members. You will establish and promote proactive engagement with external stakeholders, which will enable their insights to influence the Plan.

We are looking for a Chair with cultural intelligence and a track record in championing and advocating on issues of inclusion and race. You will need a resilient and tenacious attitude and a proven ability to influence and drive improvement. An ability to analyse complex, nuanced issues and exercise independent, evidence-based judgement across a broad spectrum of policy and strategic equality issues is essential. Strong leadership skills and personal integrity will be imperative, coupled with an understanding and awareness of how Equalities and Human Rights legislation impacts on policing. Experience of effective communication across multiple platforms is essential.

If you have the skills, expertise and passionate approach we need, you could help shape the future of policing and address long-standing challenges in our relationships with Black people and communities. Work with us, and by tackling disparities and improving inclusion, help to keep every community safe.


Person Specification

Key Skills, Experience and Attributes

• Demonstrates independent thought and action with a credible track record, and passion for championing and advocating on issues of inclusion and race
• Is motivated by public service and a desire to bring about genuine, positive change
• Demonstrates cultural intelligence, with a proven experience in building relationships, influencing decision-making and offering constructive challenge to senior stakeholders on complex inclusion and race issues
• Has an empathetic and respectful communication approach to understanding the context, culture and history reflected in individual and community perspectives
• Experienced in communicating effectively across multiple platforms
• Professional experience of working with, or as part of a board, to create an effective oversight and scrutiny function
• Strong leadership skills and personal integrity in setting strategic direction, embedding change and driving performance through effective accountability
• Ability to analyse detailed information and exercise independent, evidence-based judgement across a broad spectrum of policy and strategic equality issues
• An understanding and awareness of how Equalities and Human Rights legislation impacts on policing
• Recognises the need to ensure that the work of the Board represents value for money
• Shows resilience, creativity and tenacity in addressing problems and finding solutions

Additional Information

This will be a fixed term 2 year contract.

How to Apply

To apply, please email the following 4 documents, marked for the attention of T/Superintendent Hector McKoy at by 23:59 on Sunday 25th April 2021.

1) A comprehensive CV, setting out your career history and professional qualifications.
2) An accompanying supporting letter (maximum two sides A4) giving evidence of your ability to fulfil this role as per Person specification set out above.
3) The Diversity Monitoring Form (separate Appendix as Annex B). This data will be treated in confidence and will not affect your application in any way. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, reassignment, marital status, religion or sexual orientation.
4) Your own Annex C, relating to any possible conflicts of interest.

The Panel are committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of age, disability, gender, reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. The appointment will be made on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.

Diversity form ISOB CHAIR 290321 CO

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

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