Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Inspector of Fire & Rescue Authorities in England

Body: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: National role within England & Wales, so location is flexible. However, the role portfolio primarily focuses on constabularies and fire & rescue services in the East of England.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £179,375 per annum
Time Requirements: Full-Time

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Expected W/C 12 April 2021

  • Final Interview Date

    Expected W/C 10 May 2021

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Dr Hilary Emery Added 26/02/2021

    Panel Chair

    Knowledge Exchange Lead, Excluded Lives, and Honorary Norham Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Patricia Hayes Added 15/03/2021

    Director General, Public Safety Group • Departmental Official

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  • Sir Thomas Winsor Added 26/02/2021

    HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Chief Inspector of Fire and Rescue Authorities in England. • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

Do you want to play a key role in shaping the landscape of the policing and fire rescue services?

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) is an independent body that inspects and reports to the public on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces in England and Wales, fire and rescue authorities in England and national law enforcement agencies. It aims to ensure that the public and their elected representatives can hold inspected organisations to account by monitoring trends, challenging practice and identifying areas for improvement, and making performance information accessible.

The principal role of HMICFRS is undertaking the all-force inspections of policing in England and Wales, and of all fire & rescue authorities in England; providing the public with a clear, consistent and independent view of the quality of services in their local area. The post encompasses the dual roles of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Inspector of Fire & Rescue Authorities in England. The post holder will also contribute to the corporate leadership of HMICFRS, working closely with the Chief Inspector to ensure that the inspectorate transformation programme is implemented successfully.

We are seeking candidates who possess experience of working in fire and rescue at a senior level, a successful track record of strategic leadership of a large delivery organisation, strong analytical skills with the capability to carry out rigorous inspections, a first-class communicator with a successful track record of managing relations with a complex range of stakeholders, and a proven ability to develop and implement robust governance arrangements and monitor performance.

This full-time appointment is made by HM the Queen on the recommendation of the Home Secretary. The initial term of office will be for a period of up to five years.

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 of the person specification only, 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

  • Successful track record of strategic leadership of a large delivery organisation with commensurate management skills and the ability to contribute effectively as a member of the senior team.
  • Ability to take an outcome-focused approach to enhance public accountability of the fire and rescue service and the police service.
  • Strong analytical skills, predominantly with a reliance on evidence-based practice, and the capability to carry out rigorous inspections.
  • Proven performance, resource management and business skills.
  • A first-class communicator – orally and in writing – with the confidence, authority and interpersonal skills to secure and retain the confidence of a wide range of stakeholder groups.
  • Strong relationship management skills, including the ability to build strong relationships and effectively challenge and influence stakeholders.
  • A track record of implementing significant change.
  • The flexibility and personal resilience to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances in an environment of regular scrutiny by the media, public and others.
  • Experience of working in Fire & Rescue Service(s) at a senior level.


Part Two – Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience of media handling.


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

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