Independent Office for Police Conduct - Director General

Body: Independent Office for Police Conduct
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Central London
Skills required: Change Management, Legal / Judicial, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £140,000 to £160,000
Time Requirements: Full time


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

Harrow Council chief executive Michael Lockwood has today (20 October 2017) been confirmed as the first Director General of the new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). Michael Lockwood’s crown appointment means he will be the single executive head of the organisation when the IPCC officially becomes the IOPC in January 2018, replacing the current commission.

Date: 20/10/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    20/03/2017 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


This appointment is subject to Ministerial approval before an announcement can be made.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of the Director General is to ensure that the IOPC delivers on the following 3 functions:

  • To independently investigate serious and sensitive cases where police misconduct is alleged or where someone has died or sustained serious injury.
  • To act as an appellate body for members of the public whose complaints, if proven, could result in charges of misconduct or criminality.
  • To ensure public confidence in the police complaints system as a whole.

The Director General is responsible for:

  • Leading the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
  • Acting as the organisation’s senior decision-maker, and ensuring effective delegation of decision-making responsibilities through the organisation.
  • Ensuring that the organisation carries out effective investigations, appeals and oversight of the complaints system.
  • Building and maintaining excellent relationships with key stakeholders. This also includes acting as the central public facing figure in the organisation which encompasses media and parliamentary appearances as well as national public events.
  • Leading, managing and developing an effective, high-performing senior team and through them ensuring that the organisation has the people, systems, and processes to ensure day to day delivery of high quality business.
  • Providing inspirational leadership across the organisation that promotes a high performance and continuous improvement culture which champions and embraces diversity.
  • Reporting to the Home Secretary and Parliament on the organisation’s work and performance.
  • Chairing a unitary board, working effectively with the non-executive directors to determine and promote the strategic aims of the IOPC and ensure effective governance arrangements.
  • As Accounting Officer, ensuring robust financial systems and procedures are in place.


Person Specification

It is essential 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. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview, together with the criteria listed in Part Two.

This is a demanding and high profile role which demands strong leadership skills proven in a complex environment with multiple and diverse stakeholders. There is no prescribed background for the Director General and you do not need experience in the criminal justice system but candidates will need to demonstrate a broad understanding of the IOPC remit and policing.

Part One – Essential Criteria

Experience and Skills

  • Significant senior leadership and management experience, with a track record of success in a complex, sensitive and high profile environment.
  • A professional background that will inspire confidence in your ability to lead and ensure robust independent and impartial investigations across the IOPC remit.
  • Excellent judgement and strong analytical skills with proven ability to make judgments and difficult decisions in complex and technical matters.
  • High level of political awareness and sophisticated relationship management skills proven with a wide range of stakeholders including diverse communities.
  • Proven change leader able to demonstrate how you had led an organisation through significant reform and transformation and worked across organisational boundaries to deliver improvements.
  • Confident public speaker with experience in a variety of settings where decisions are under tough internal and external scrutiny.
  • A sound understanding of, and strong commitment to public service values and the principles of public life and able to show how you have applied a commitment to diversity in your roles.

Part Two – Desirable Criteria

Experience and Attributes

  • Experience of working with or in a board to create effective governance structures in an organisation with a national remit.
  • Experience in a regulatory, complaints adjudication or similar environment.
  • Integrity, combined with flexibility and adaptability.
  • Considerable personal resilience, given the individual responsibility and high profile of this role and sometimes critical public scrutiny.
  • Ability to command public confidence and the respect of the Police Service and Parliament.
  • Experience in handling media interviews would be helpful.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Developed Vetting (DV) level and Police vetting.  Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes approximately three to six months to obtain the security clearance.

How to Apply

If you wish to request a candidate pack or have any queries about any aspect of this role, then please contact Sue Jenkins at Gatenby Sanderson on 020 7426 3975 or Mark Turner on 020 7426 3983.

Completed applications should be emailed to

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