Member to the Independent Monitoring Board of the Military Corrective Training Centre

Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Defence, Education, Health and Social Care, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing
Location: Colchester
Skills required: HR
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: Voluntary but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses paid.
Time Requirements: 6 board meetings per year plus minimum 6 rostered weeks - see additional information


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

The Secretary of State for Defence has approved the appointment of six new members to the IMBMCTC with effect from 29th February 2020. All appointments are subject to a period of training and development as determined by the Chair to IMBMCTC as well as successful completion of DBS Enhanced checks and SC security clearance. The appointments are for a period of 5 years ending on 27th February 2025 subject to the above requirements.
The new members are:
Miss Yaa Dankwa Ampadu-Sackey
Ms Heidi Bancroft
Mrs Elizabeth Connelly
Mr Richard Kearton
Mrs Theresa Whatling
Mr Gary Whiten

Date: 29/02/2020

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  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    05th and 06th November 2019

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Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Independent Monitoring Board for the Military Corrective Training Centre has an important role in monitoring the fair treatment of Armed Forces detainees held within MCTC. The Board is expected to raise matters of concern with the Commandant of the MCTC and the Provost Marshal (Army) in the capacity as Inspector of Service Custody Premises.  The Independent Monitoring Board report annually to the Secretary of State for Defence.

The IMB consists of volunteers from a diverse background who have access to all areas of the MCTC and must satisfy themselves with the conditions, the administration and the treatment of detainees. No formal qualifications or experience. Induction and training will be received on assumption of the post and you will be allocated a mentor for up to twelve months. This is a monitoring role and it must be stressed the Board Members are not inspectors.

Initial appointment is for a period of five years and the maximum time that any member may serve on the board is a period of fifteen years.

Person Specification

Listening skills, sound judgment and an enquiring mind are essential for this role. Most communication between members is carried out via email so efficient IT skills and access to the internet would be an asset.  Experience of report writing and interviewing skills would be beneficial but will be taught during the training. Applications from females and the BAME are strongly encouraged to ensure that the board promotes inclusion and celebrates diversity.

Additional Information

6 board meetings annually (The Board normally meets at 10.00 and meetings last about three hours). Members are required to be on call for at least 6 rostered weeks a year but would not be expected to make more than one visit to the establishment during a rostered week. This will involve visiting MCTC and listening to any applications that have been made by detainees. In the event of a serious incident, members who are on call could be required to attend at very short notice. However, other members can substitute if a particular member is unavailable.

Appointments subject to successful DBS check. Members may be required to attend at very short notice so it is essential that applicants live within 30 miles of the Military Corrective Training Centre (CO2 9NU). Travelling expenses and a subsistence allowance is paid where appropriate.


Chair – Graham Cross

Independent Member – Stephen Penfold

Both of the above have no declared political affiliations

How to Apply

Please read the details in the information pack and then complete and return a copy of the attached:

  • Expression of Interest form
  • Diversity Information form
  • Your most recent CV

to quoting reference 21530

All applications will normally be acknowledged within 3 working days.

If you have any questions then contact us on 030679 85048.

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