Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody – Chair PAT160034

Body: Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £30,000 per annum – the role is non-pensionable
Time Requirements: 8 – 10 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    09/05/2022 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of an IAPDC Chair:

The Chair is accountable to the Ministers with relevant responsibility for deaths in custody in each of the following sponsoring Government Departments: Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and Social Care, and the Home Office.

The Chair will:

  • Provide clear, expert advice to Ministers, senior officials and the Ministerial Board on how best to prevent deaths, both natural and self-inflicted, in all forms of state custody, and provide leadership to influence required change;
  • Provide effective and visible leadership of the Panel, ensuring that each member has clear roles and responsibilities which play to their individual strengths, working closely with the Panel’s secretariat;
  • Develop and maintain strong links with senior figures, the Ministerial Board’s member organisations, Ministers and other wider stakeholders, including people with lived experience, bereaved families, lawyers, academics, media, non-governmental organisations, and members of professional and scrutiny bodies;
  • Determine the Panel’s programme of work, taking into account any views expressed by Ministers or the Ministerial Board; and
  • Publish relevant reports including an annual workplan.

The Chair will attend meetings of the Ministerial Board, regular (currently every six weeks) meetings of the IAPDC and ad-hoc meetings as required while ensuring the independence of the IAPDC.

Person Specification

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Strong commitment to the safety and humane treatment of people detained by the state, and their families, with rooted determination to prevent deaths in custody, including an understanding of the United Kingdom’s human rights obligations in relation to deaths and near deaths in custody and their investigations;
  • An incisive analytical ability to gather information and develop clear independent, expert advice for Ministers and officials;
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills with the ability to adapt presentation styles and engage constructively with Ministers, service leaders and wider stakeholders;
  • Highly developed leadership skills, including the ability to set strategic vision and priorities and to chair the panel confidently and effectively;
  • Ability to make strategic use of limited chair, panel, and secretariat time, and resources, in a fast-paced environment working across three major government departments; and
  • Understanding of, and attention to, equality and diversity issues, such as the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with neurodivergent conditions, and/or women in custodial environments.

Desirable criteria

  • Clear track record of delivering projects and initiatives and/or applying research to policy and practice with measurable impact; and
  • Excellent understanding of the workings of Government.

Additional Information


You must have no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

However, as the IAPDC was established to carry out an independent function at arm’s length from the Government, we are mindful that appointing someone who is employed by a government department might compromise that independence – or perception of independence – as well as diminishing the confidence of stakeholders and the general public.

If you are in receipt of a salary from a government department and wish to apply, you should expect that – if selected for interview – the Advisory Assessment Panel will explore whether any perceived or real conflicts of interest might exist if you were to be appointed and, if so, how this might be managed or mitigated. The latter might include an undertaking to resign from government employment, if appointed, and – if considered appropriate – for there to be an interval between resignation and taking up appointment to the IAPDC.

Supporting Documents PAT160034
Candidate Info Pack re IAPDC Chair 31.3.22
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