Body: College of Policing
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: London with some UK Travel required
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, HR, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: £250-300 per day
Time Requirements: 3 years


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

We’ve made four new senior appointments to our board of directors.

Lyn Carpenter, Jaspal Dhillon, Suzanne McCarthy and Rosemary Scully join as non-executive directors, bringing a wealth of experience across community safety, digital transformation, developing standards and serious and organised crime.

College Chair, Lord Herbert of South Downs, welcomed the new appointments to the College.

We are delighted to welcome Lyn, Jaspal, Suzanne and Rosemary to our board at this pivotal moment for policing and the College.

Their experience will be invaluable as we work together with our partner organisations to support and improve policing.

Lord Herbert of South Downs, College of Policing Chair

The new board members replace Christine Elliott, Ian Wylie, Jackie Smith and Clare Minchington, who have come to the end of their tenure.

About the new board members
Lyn Carpenter
Lyn joins as non-executive director with responsibility for whistleblowing.

Lyn has more than 25 years’ experience in local government and is currently Chief Executive of Thurrock Council, with lead responsibility for the council’s strategic direction and operations.

She is passionate about working in partnership to keep people safe. In recent years she has acted as joint chair for the Community Safety Partnerships in Elmbridge and London Borough of Merton, responded strategically to successfully protect Hammersmith and Fulham during the London Riots in 2012, and chaired the violence against women and girls working group in three London Boroughs.

Jaspal Dhillon
Jaspal joins our audit and risk committee.

Jaspal has experience across many industries, including financial services, retail, investment banking and the health sector.

He is currently the lead for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Credit Suisse. He leads the review, challenge and approval of innovative digital solutions to support transformational programmes. He is a also a non-executive director within the NHS.

Suzanne McCarthy
Suzanne joins as chair of our audit and risk committee. She is pleased to support policing through its significant challenges.

Suzanne has extensive experience as both chair and board member for complex national organisations operating in sensitive political environments.

She is currently chair of the Fire Standards board, two charities (Right to Succeed and Lepra), and the Joint Audit Panel of the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service. She is also a member of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, where she chairs the audit committee, and the Fundraising Regulator, where she chairs the standards committee.

Rosemary Scully
Rosemary joins as chair of the nominations and remuneration committee and will act as Senior Independent Director.

Rosemary is an experienced non-executive director and is currently a board member of the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, operating under the National Police Chiefs’ Council. She was also a member of the 2020 Independent Review of Serious and Organised Crime, chaired by Sir Craig Mackey.

She has a good understanding of the challenges facing policing and the College, particularly the need to rebuild trust and legitimacy.

Date: 09/02/2022

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    8 October 2021

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

This is a hugely important time for policing in England and Wales.  While officer numbers are rising through the biggest recruitment drive in a generation, important questions are being asked about the mission of the police.  Police services face challenges, not least in reflecting the diversity of the society in which we live, and ensuring the highest standards of professionalism and leadership.

The College of Policing, as the professional body of the service, has a critical role to play in improving standards, equipping officers and staff with the skills they need, developing leadership and sharing best practice. The College is now undergoing a fundamental review of its role, effectiveness and place in the policing landscape, with a new Chief Executive appointed to drive reform and a renewed strategic mission.

To help deliver this agenda we are seeking four high calibre individuals from a range of backgrounds who will help shape a compelling vision and direction for the College, providing challenge and support to the executive team. These include applicants with expertise in commercial, digital, finance, learning and development, legal, and regulatory standards.

We believe we should be an exemplar to the service, which is seeking to improve diversity in all its forms, and would like to reflect this in the new Non-Executive Director appointments.

For further information, please download the Recruitment Information Pack below.


Person Specification

It is essential 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 those candidates invited for interview, together with the criteria listed in Part Two.

Part One – Essential Criteria

  • Experience of operating at senior board level, either in a public or private sector organisation, working successfully with executives and non-executives to take forward the strategic direction of a complex organisation.
  • A professional track record that demonstrates strategic leadership qualities that inspire confidence in your ability to work with others to guide the College in its ambition.
  • Highly effective communication skills.
  • The ability to build strong interpersonal relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Understanding and appreciation of diversity, equality and human rights issues.
  • One of the independent non-executive board members we are seeking will also be invited to Chair the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee. If you would like to be considered for this role, you must have an appropriate qualification, and experience, in finance, accounting or audit.
  • One of the independent non-executive board members we are seeking will also be invited to become Chair of the Board’s Nominations and Remuneration Committee, who is usually also appointed as the Senior Independent Director. If you would like to be considered for this role, you must have demonstrable experience, skills and judgement.

Part Two – Desirable Criteria

  • An understanding of the issues relating to policing.
  • An understanding of the role and goals of the College of Policing.
  • A strategic understanding of:
    • Inclusion and wellbeing;
    • Digital transformation, the use of big data and the application of technology to achieve business strategy;
    • Education, training and continuing professional development;
    • Human Resources;
    • Strategic financial management;
    • Change management and organisational development;
    • Contribution of applied research and analysis to policing or other professional practice.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 19 September 2021 at 23:59.

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 statement of suitability (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 conflicts of interest.
  4. In addition, please complete the Diversity Form (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 College of Policing Non-Executive Director in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments (and note that short-listed candidates will also be required to complete and return a separate form in relation to referees and nationality).

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.



Recruitment Information Pack - Independent NED - August 2021
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