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

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.
Recruitment Information Pack - Independent NED - August 2021
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