Prison Service Pay Review Body Chair

Body: Prison Service Pay Review Body
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: Meetings of the PSPRB are usually held in London. Members and the Chair will also be expected to undertake around three or four visits a year to prisons across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role is remunerated at a daily rate of £350.
Time Requirements: The role will require a commitment of around 35 days per year. 3 year tenure


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

Mr Jerry Cope has been appointed to the Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB) from 10 September 2018 to 9 September 2019.

Mr Cope chaired PSPRB from 2005 to 2011. He is currently Chair of governors at London South Bank university. Mr Cope’s working life was as MD for Royal Mail; and he was chair of the NHS Pay Review Body until 2017.

Following a campaign which did not result in an appointment, the Secretary of State has, with the agreement of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, appointed Mr Cope on an interim basis to ensure the continued availability of a Chair.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    17/05/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    23/10/2018 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

As Chair of the Review Body you will have responsibility for working corporately with members to advise the government annually on the pay of Governors, Operational Managers, Prison Officers and support grades in England and Wales and equivalent posts in Northern Ireland.

This role represents an influential, worthwhile and intellectually stimulating challenge. We are looking for a new Chair with senior management level experience, and a strategic/senior level understanding of unionised environments and employee relations. To help you decide if you have the qualities and skills required for this post, we have listed below the criteria that we will apply when assessing candidates.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Have a recent, proven, substantial record of senior leadership and achievement in at least one complex organisation.
  • Be able to chair a diverse group in discussions on complex and sensitive issues, to reach consensus around evidence-based and workable recommendations via active debate and logical argument.
  • Be able to command the confidence of key stakeholders including Ministers, Review Body colleagues, Senior Government officials, unions and those within the remit group, through strong communication, interpersonal and stakeholder engagement skills, with the confidence to challenge opinions where necessary.
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate large amounts of detailed written and oral evidence which can include complex qualitative information and economic and statistical data.
  • Have a good strategic understanding of pay, pensions, performance management and reward issues in unionised environments, and an appreciation of the policy and financial constraints on pay decisions affecting the public sector.
  • Have high standards of corporate and personal conduct – able to demonstrate a sound understanding and commitment to public service values, including a strong commitment to equal opportunities.


• This appointment is open to British or Commonwealth citizens, British Dependent Territories citizens, British Nationals (Overseas) citizens, British protected persons, citizens of the Republic of Ireland, European Economic Area (EEA) nationals or to those of other member states, and to certain non-EEA family members. Applicants must have rights of residence in the UK.
• There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to your application.

Additional Information

Reasonable standard travel expenses will be payable. Remuneration will be subject to PAYE tax and National Insurance Contributions.    The post is not pensionable.

How to Apply

To make an application, please send:
• A CV (maximum two sides of A4) detailing your qualifications, employment history and any appointments or offices you hold. Please also provide your preferred contact number and email address.
• A personal statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post, including evidence of leadership qualities and a vision for the organisation. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from Advisory Assessment Panels indicates that applications which offer specific and tailored examples against the criteria, making clear the candidate’s role in achieving an outcome are often the strongest. Structuring the statement around the criteria using relevant headings also aids clarity.
Supporting Documents
Please also complete and return the following supporting documents:
• potential conflicts of interest: You should declare any actual or potential conflict of interest. The Advisory Assessment Panel may wish to explore these further with you if you are shortlisted for interview. Conflicts might arise from a variety of sources such as financial interests or share ownership, membership of, or association with, particular bodies or the activities of relatives or partners. If you need further advice, please contact Nalini Deen at
• note of public appointments – please list any appointments currently held;
• referee details – please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
• the political activity declaration form – in line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, details of any declared activity will be made public if you are appointed; and
• the equal opportunities monitoring form – information is requested for monitoring purposes only and plays no part in the selection process. It will be kept confidential and will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel.
Please send your CV, personal statement and supporting documents to: quoting reference PAT150026-PSPRB-CHAIR in the subject line of your email. We will acknowledge receipt.
If you have any questions about any aspects of this post, you are welcome to contact Nalini Deen,

Candidate Infomation Pack PSPRB April 2018
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