Two Non-Judicial Members for the Sentencing Council for England and Wales

Announced
Body: Sentencing Council for England and Wales
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: Flexible within the United Kingdom, however travel to London will be required for meetings.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £12,000 P.A for a commitment of at least 36 days a year (please note, this is not payable for those who receive payment from the public purse)
Time Requirements: Up to three days per month, ten of these days to attend Council meetings which will be held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Announcement

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

The Secretary of State for Justice has announced the appointment of Diana Fawcett as the ‘Promotion of the Welfare of Victims of Crime’ lay member for a period of 3 years.
Diana Fawcett is appointed to the Sentencing Council from 5 April 2019 to 4 April 2022.

Diana is Chief Officer of Victim Support. She joined the charity as Director of Operations in February 2015, and became Chief Officer in January 2018.

Prior to Victim Support, Diana was Director of Operations at Shelter for 7 years where she was responsible for the charity’s advice and support services. She has also worked for four London boroughs and 3 housing associations managing housing, development and care services.

She has been Chair of a charity in south London providing advice and support to refugees for 5 years.

Ms Fawcett has not declared any political activity. The appointment is subject to security clearance.

The Secretary of State for Justice has announced the appointment of Nick Ephgrave as policing member of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales, for a period of 3 years from 26 June 2020.

Since March 2020, Nick has been Assistant Commissioner (AC) for Frontline Policing in the Metropolitan Poice (Met). He previously served as AC for Met Operations after returning to the Met after serving as Chief Constable of Surrey Police. As a Chief Officer, Nick has national portfolio responsibility for Criminal Justice. Nick’s extensive police career has spanned 30 years and has included a number of senior operational roles.

Nick Ephgrave has not declared any political activity.

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales was set up by Part 4 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (the Act) to promote greater transparency and consistency in sentencing whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary.

Appointments to the Sentencing Council are made by the Secretary of State for Justice and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

This appointment has been made in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Date: 26/06/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    24/10/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    21/11/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    26/11/2018

  • Final Interview Date

    10/12/2018

  • Announcement

    26/06/2020

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of a Committee Member is to:

o   Members will be expected to play an active role on the Sentencing Council and to;

o   Deal with complex issues concerning the approach to sentencing and the guidance to be issued to courts. This may be guidance for sentencing particular types of offences (for example, arson, public order or terrorism offences) or for crosscutting issues (for example, the significance of previous convictions, or guidance on sentencing domestic abuse offences).

o   Members will also need to contribute to discussion about the identification and analysis of relevant research and data.

o   Members are expected to make a positive contribution to the efficient and effective delivery of the Council’s statutory functions and the priorities identified in its business plans and to support the Chair.

o   Members will have reached a senior level in their particular area, will have a high level of credibility with their peers and will be able to demonstrate both that they have a sound knowledge of issues relevant to the work of the Council and that they have the capacity to develop that understanding further quickly and effectively.

o   Members with professional skills or experience in governance; analysis and research methodologies; or communications, confidence and media relations may be expected to attend and participate in one or more of the sub-groups of the Council which focus on these issues.

 

Person Specification

Essential criteria

Victims Role:

o   Knowledge or understanding of the criminal justice sector, specifically through current active involvement in the field of the promotion of the welfare of victims of crime;  

o   A demonstrable commitment to valuing diversity and the ability to be objective and open minded;

o   Have a good understanding of both what sentencing is designed to achieve and the issues relating to the impact and cost effectiveness of sentences available, as well as consistency in sentencing;

o   The ability to serve in a personal capacity, drawing on your knowledge and skills, and not as a representative of a particular professional association or viewpoint, and be able and willing to work as part of a team under the general direction of the Chair, as well as supporting the Chair and;

o   Possess the ability to retain the confidence of the Sentencing Council Chair, Ministers, Parliament, the judiciary, other professional bodies in the criminal justice system and the public.

 

Police Role:

o   Experience or understanding of the criminal justice sector, specifically as a senior police officer

o   A demonstrable commitment to valuing diversity, the ability to be objective and open minded, have a good understanding of what sentencing is designed to achieve and of the impact and cost effectiveness of sentences available; and

o   The ability to serve in a personal capacity, drawing on your knowledge and experience, and not as a representative of particular professional associations or viewpoints, and be able and willing to work as part of a team under the general direction of the Chair, as well as supporting the Chair;

o   Credibility and personal authority, such as to command the confidence of the Sentencing Council Chair, Ministers, Parliament, the judiciary, other professional bodies in the criminal justice system and the public.

 

*Please note, we expect that a senior police officer covers the following ranks:

o   Chief Constable/Commander

o   Deputy Chief Constable/Deputy Assistant Commissioner

o   Assistant Chief Constable/Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis/Commissioner of the City of London Police

o   Chief Superintendent/Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

 

o   The appointment will run for an initial three years.

o   Given the seniority and experience of the judicial members on the Council, the profile and importance of the Council’s work, and for members to be properly informed and command the confidence of the public and all those working across the CJS, the Council looks for its non-judicial roles to be filled by people who are senior and/or experienced in their fields.

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. 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 or anything which might cause embarrassment should you be appointed. 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.
  • 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 on Public Appointments, details of any declared activity will be made public if you are appointed;
  • The Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form – information is requested for monitoring purposes only and plays no part in the selection process. It will be kept confidentially and will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel.

Please send your CV, supporting letter and supporting documents to: PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gov.uk quoting reference PAT150057-SC in the subject line. We will acknowledge receipt.

If you have any questions about any aspects of this post, you are welcome to contact Lauren Roberts (lauren.roberts@justice.gov.uk)

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