Chair of the College of Policing

Body: College of Policing
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education, Prison & Policing
Location: Central London
Skills required: Change Management, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £135,000 per annum (pro rata)
Time Requirements: The role is offered on a part-time basis of 1-2 working days per week.


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

Nick Herbert (Lord Herbert of South Downs) has been appointed as the new Chair of the College of Policing.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Play a key role in shaping the future of policing.

The Chair of the College of Policing is appointed by the Home Secretary to ensure the long-term success of the College. Together with the College Board of Directors, the Chair (who must not have a background in operational policing) will set the College’s strategic direction and aims against budgets and priorities. They will provide the College Chief Executive and team of Executive Directors with the necessary leadership, support and monitoring that will help them to meet the College and Home Secretary’s goals.

The College plays a critical role in helping to increase the diversity within the police to reflect the communities they serve. The Chair will ensure the governance and structure of the College has the right level of accountability and transparency to win the confidence of the public, police services, policing partners, and Parliament. The Chair will shape the values and culture of the College and guide it through the next phase of its development as the professional body for policing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strong leadership, challenge and direction to the organisation, encouraging and enabling the College to fulfil its responsibilities for the proactive setting of policing standards.
  • In partnership with the Executive Team and Board members, ensure that the College drives the Transforming our College programme to fundamentally reshape the way the College operates, including driving efficiencies throughout the business.
  • Champion a cohesive, diverse and connected Board.
  • Encourage and enable non-executive directors to make a full contribution to the Board’s affairs, making best use of their varied skills and diverse backgrounds.
  • Ensure high standards of governance and effectiveness.
  • Provide advocacy for, and represent, the College at a national level.

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

It is important in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One only of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with you if invited for interview, together with the other criteria listed in Part Two.

Part one – Essential skills and Experience

Your supporting statement should demonstrate your ability to meet the essential criteria listed below. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview.

Essential Criteria:

  • Comprehensive experience at Board level as a Chair or a senior Non-Executive Director supporting, challenging and holding to account a strong executive team and conveying confidence in the organisation’s capability to deliver its objectives.
  • A sound understanding of, and strong commitment to, diversity & inclusion, equal opportunities, and principles of public life, enabling you to act impartially and uphold the independence of the College of Policing.
  • Ability to inform and influence a compelling vision and strategic direction for the College, including change management at an organisational level.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement robust governance arrangements and monitor performance encompassing financial, performance and risk management.
  • The ability to create partnerships and maintain strong working relationships with a complex range of stakeholders, including those in policing, Ministers, civil servants and their advisers, and senior executives across the public, private and charitable sectors.
  • High level of political awareness with the resilience to deliver under public scrutiny, whilst exercising sound judgement.

Part two – Desirable criteria

Experience and/or understanding of:

  • Education, training and continuing professional development.
  • Contribution of applied research and analysis to policing or other professional practice.

Due diligence: Please note that as part of the recruitment process, due diligence, including social media checks will be undertaken on the short-listed candidates.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-5 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate have passed all checks.


How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00, Monday 3 August 2020.

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to:

  1. A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  2. A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.
  3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B, relating to referees, conflicts of interest and nationality.
  4. In addition, please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link to the Public Appointments website for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.

Please include the heading (Chair of the College of Policing) in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments.

Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.
Annex B - Supporting documentation 2020 - Final
Home Office Privacy Notice - Final
20200630 - College of Policing Chair - Recruitment Pack - Final
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