Members of the Independent Office for Police Conduct

Body: The Independent Office for Police Conduct
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: Canary Wharf (with flexibility)
Skills required: Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: Six Non-Executive Board Members (known as Independent Directors), including one Lead Non-Executive (known as the Senior Independent Director)
Remuneration: £350 per day
Time Requirements: 18-24 days per year (24-30 for the Senior Independent Director)


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

Five new independent directors have been announced as they join the Board in non-executive roles at the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The 5 appointees are as follows:

Bill Matthews
Bill began his career as an engineer before progressing into business and operations management roles with Motorola. He then spent 5 years running technology start-ups before building a portfolio of non-executive roles spanning media, health and criminal justice.

Previously a member of the BBC Trust and Chair of the BBC Pension Scheme, Bill now chairs the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, is a non-executive director at the Scottish Futures Trust and the Scottish Member of the British Transport Police Authority.

He was a founding non-executive member of the IOPC’s Board on its formation in January 2018 and has been re-appointed to the role after being successful in an open and fair competition.

Deborah Bowman
Deborah is Emeritus Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law at St George’s University of London, where she also held the role of Deputy Principal until November 2020, with particular responsibility for:

organisational culture
public engagement
quality and partnerships
equality, diversity and inclusion
She holds several non-executive, trustee and advisory roles, including serving on the Boards of the Human Tissue Authority, South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust, Princess Alice Hospice and the General Osteopathic Council.

She sits as a panel chair for the United Kingdom Council on Psychotherapy and chairs clinical ethics committees, both regional and national.

Rommel Moseley
Rommel’s professional experience is in business development, service design and change management. He is an acknowledged expert in the field of corporate, government and charity partnerships – having spent 20 years negotiating and delivering complex, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Rommel is currently a director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which works to advance media freedom, inclusive economies and human rights around the world.

He is a former director at Drinkaware where he developed partnerships across government, including with the Home Office, local authorities and Police and Crime Commissioners, to reduce harm to young people in the night-time economy.

Rommel previously served as the vice chair of the London Night-time Commission and Chair of the Research and Data Group which provided all insights and data to allow the commission to make evidence-based recommendations.

Catherine Jervis
Catherine has held a range of board level positions including current roles as non-executive director at First Community Health and Care (CiC) and non-executive director and SID with Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.

She recently joined Achieving for Children, a community interest company, as an independent non-executive director.

Prior to this, Catherine was an executive director and strategic advisor to the CEO of a national education charity (AFA). At PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, she led the Children’s Services Team working across education, health and social care.

Catherine is a qualified accountant. Like Bill, Catherine was also a founding non-executive member of the IOPC’s board on its formation in January 2018 and has been reappointed to the role after being successful in an open and fair competition.

Christine Elliott
Christine, whose term as Acting Chair of the College of Policing ended in December 2020, was the College’s first independent director appointed in 2015. She is a proven senior leader with substantial chairing and non-executive experience. Christine is also Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council, which regulates 15 professions. She is also an independent lay member of the Editors’ Code Committee, which reviews and revises the Code used by all UK press regulators.

Her career encompasses public, private and non-profit sectors. Christine is on the advisory board of Trybe.ID, a digital identity and credentialing platform headquartered in Toronto, Canada. She also chairs the advisory board of Albeego Ltd, a British mobile telecoms firm providing digital devices with stable, secure internet connectivity.

About the announcement
The announcement follows a stringent recruitment process, which followed the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice.

Successful individuals were then appointed by the Home Secretary.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

I welcome these appointments – each of the appointees bring a wealth of different experiences drawn from the private and public sectors.

The work that the Independent Office for Police Conduct carries out is critical to maintaining public confidence in our police complaints system. These appointees will play a vital role in ensuring the efficient and effective running of the organisation.

Geoffrey Podger will remain in post as the Senior Independent Director. Further announcements on the remaining non-executive roles on the Board will be made in due course.

This news story was updated on 15 February 2021 to include details about Christine Elliot, new independent director appointed to the IOPC.

Following on from February’s announcement on the appointment of 5 new Independent Directors, Julia Mulligan has now also joined the Board as the Senior Independent Director (the lead non-executive role).

Having served for nearly nine years as a Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia is an experienced, senior leader in the policing sector. Following her decision to stand down in May 2021, she now holds a number of senior roles including Non-Executive Director for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, which works to protect vulnerable and exploited workers. Julia is also a member of Dame Sara Thornton’s Advisory Panel, which provides support to the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

With a long-standing interest in supporting victims, Julia is Chair of IDAS, one of the largest specialist domestic abuse charities in the North of England. In September 2020, she joined the Parole Board as an Independent Member, and in March 2021 was appointed by the Home Secretary as the Independent Chair of the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales.

About the announcement
The announcement follows a stringent recruitment process, which followed the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice.

Successful individuals were then appointed by the Home Secretary.

Julia takes up post today (7 May 2021), taking over from Geoffrey Podger who has acted as the Senior Independent Director since IOPC’s inception in January 2018.

Date: 15/02/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    19, 20, 26, 30 November & 1, 4 December

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Do you want to support an independent body which is influencing changes in policing in England and Wales?

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigates the most serious and sensitive incidents and allegations involving the police in England and Wales. It also oversees the police complaints system, and sets the standards by which the police handle complaints.

The IOPC carries out hundreds of investigations into incidents and allegations involving the police each year. These include investigations into:

  • Deaths or serious injuries during or following police custody,
  • Police shootings,
  • Allegations of use of excessive force.

The IOPC is seeking up to six non-executive board members, including one Senior Independent Director. The responsibilities of the non-executive members will include ensuring robust governance and financial management of the organisation; setting and promoting the strategic aims and values of the IOPC; providing support, advice and constructive challenge to the Director General in the carrying out of his/her functions; and monitoring and reviewing organisational performance and contributing to the efficient and effective running of the IOPC.

The Senior Independent Director, in addition to the above, will also be responsible for providing a sounding board for the Director General; meeting, as appropriate, other non-executive board members to ensure their views are understood and that the Director General is made aware of any concerns; leading the non-executive input into ensuring that IOPC meets its legal obligations regarding the role of the Unitary Board; and occasionally deputising, if required, as Chair of the board.

Person Specification

It is important 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, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with you if invited for interview, together with the desirable criteria listed in Part Two.

Part One – Essential skills and Experience

  • demonstrable independence, integrity and impartiality, recognising the statutory duty for both executive and non-executive members of the Office to have particular regard to public confidence in the police complaints and discipline systems;
  • ability to question and challenge constructively and influence decision making within a board setting;
  • ability to analyse complex issues and evidence, for example, around financial management, risk, or organisational performance, and to make informed, insightful and impartial interventions to support and challenge the IOPC executive;
  • ability to bring a strategic approach to the work of the IOPC;
  • ability to work effectively as a member of a mixed exec and non-exec board;
  • a demonstrable understanding of the complexity and sensitivities in the field in which the Director General and IOPC staff operate including the importance of securing public confidence in the police complaints and discipline systems;
  • excellent communication skills, coupled with a personal and professional demeanour that generates trust and confidence in others;
  • a firm commitment to the Nolan Principles of Public Life including the principles of Selflessness and Integrity – that holders of public office should act solely in the public interest and avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work; and
  • we would expect those applying for the Senior Independent Director role to have particular strengths in leadership and corporate governance in addition to any other expertise offered.

Part Two – In addition, among the successful candidates will be those who provide demonstrable evidence of one or more of the following at interview:                       

  • an interest in and understanding of complaints handling or professional misconduct matters and mechanisms for independent scrutiny;
  • experience of developing and implementing quality standards, particularly in an investigative or regulatory context;
  • professional expertise – for example in finance and audit, legal, commercial, human resources or organisational development;
  • experience of external stakeholder engagement, particularly with communities that have the least confidence in the police; and
  • a good understanding of operational policing and the challenges facing the police in England and Wales.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00, 5 October 2020.

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to:

1. A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.

2. A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.

3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B, relating to referees, conflicts of interest and nationality.

4. In addition, please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link to the Public Appointments website for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.

Please include the heading (Independent Office for Police Conduct) in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments.

Please note the following:

• We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
• Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
• Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
• Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.

Further Information:

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Niall Donnelly, Team Lead – Policing & Fire Arms-Length Bodies, at

If you have any queries about the recruitment process for this role, please contact

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