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)

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • 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

Diversity Monitoring Form Accessible (6)
Home Office Privacy Notice - Final
03092020 - Independent Office for Police Conduct - Recruitment Pack - final
Annex B - Supporting documentation 2020 - Final
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