Senior Data Governance Panel - Independent Member

Body: The Senior Data Governance Panel (Ministry of Justice and Judicial Office – co-Chairs)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: Most meetings are held virtually at present. Any in person meetings would take place in London (at 102 Petty France, SW1H 9AJ, at the Royal Courts of Justice building (WC2A 2LL) or at The Rolls Building (at 7 Rolls Building, Fetter Lane, EC4A 1NL). We will always be able to provide the ability to join remotely.
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: Panel members will undertake this work pro bono BUT will be entitled to recover reasonable travel and subsistence costs.
Time Requirements: It is expected that the Panel will meet every two months. Meetings will be scheduled for two hours. Panel members will be expected to spend some time outside of meetings reviewing the requests for access to justice data prior to discussion at each meeting.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    13/02/2023 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Joining the Justice Senior Data Governance Panel (the ‘Panel’) as an Expert Panel Member is an exciting opportunity to inform advice presented to the Judiciary, HMCTS and Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on the creation and use of justice data. As part of the Panel you will contribute to providing independent advice to support data policy development and decisions relating to the use of such data by the Judiciary, MoJ and HMCTS, and use and re-use by third parties. It is the Panel’s responsibility to ensure it provides the best possible advice on matters relating to justice data using information submitted to it in referrals and the knowledge and expertise of Panel members.

Expert Panel members will be drawn from a range of fields including data science and research, innovation/law tech, data privacy as well as academia, third sector organisations and relevant private sector organisations. As a member of the Panel you will be expected to use this knowledge to contribute to discussions and the preparation of advice on issues relating court data and you must be prepared to articulate and defend your views with strong and considered rationales.

Person Specification

You should have expertise in one of the following areas:

  • data science/ research
  • innovation/ law tech
  • data privacy/ data ethics
  • constitutional law
  • information law

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A detailed understanding of one or more of the following areas:
    • data science and research,
    • innovation/law tech,
    • data privacy/data ethics,
    • constitutional law OR information law,
    • the appropriate use (and re-use) of data.

This may have been gained through experience gained in relevant academic settings, third sector organisations, private sector organisations or public sector organisations including other government departments.

  • The ability to analyse and debate complex issues.
  • Effective communication and written skills;
  • A high degree of impartiality and integrity
  • Capacity to commit to the time and workload commitments required by the panel;

Desirable criteria

Knowledge of the justice sector and the potential opportunities and challenges around the use of justice data.

Additional Information


There must be no employment restrictions, or 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;

You should not be employed in the UK Civil Service, hold a judicial office or be an elected official

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; and
  • A personal statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statement. 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 form (attached separately on cabinet office website)

Please also complete and return the Supporting Documents form which seeks the following information:

  • Conflicts of interest and previous conduct: if you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of the Senior Data Governance Panel, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your supporting documents.

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.

Diversity monitoring form – Please complete this online 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 Assessment Panel.

Reference Number:  SDGP 01

SDGP Independeent Panel Member - candidate Information pack
SDGP Recruitment Diversity Monitoring Form FINAL
Declaration SDGP Conflict of Interest Form

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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