The Parole Board plays a vital role in the criminal justice system by ensuring public protection and in supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners. The recent publicity surrounding the Board’s decision in the case of Worboys demonstrates the high degree of scrutiny and accountability required of the Chair.
The position of Chair is challenging, demanding and rewarding and requires an exceptional individual to provide first class leadership.
To be successful in the role, the Chair will need to be able to: provide strong leadership to Parole Board members and staff; build diversity and inclusiveness at all levels of the organisation; ensure the independence of the Board whilst developing and maintaining strong relationships with Ministers; the Justice Committee; senior MoJ Officials and; a wide range of stakeholders in the criminal justice system.
In particular, the candidate appointed will have to:
· Chair and set direction for the Parole Board;
· Produce a new Parole Board strategy that sets out the Parole Board’s vision, strategic direction and aims.
· Be a strong, visible and inspiring leader to Parole Board members and staff.
· Lead the Board’s Management Committee in setting strategy and direction and enabling it to think innovatively and achieve value for money across the Board’s activities; appraise Management Committee members;
· Hold the Chief Executive and senior management to account in delivering their strategic, financial and operational objectives. Work closely with the Chief Executive to ensure that the organisation complies with the principles of good corporate governance and the requirements set out in ‘Managing Public Money’ for the use of public funds;
· Monitor the effectiveness of the Parole Board’s constitution and governance structures and, together with the Chief Executive, consider how these might be improved;
· Encourage and foster a culture of trust and respect amongst the Parole Board membership. Facilitate discussions that allow for challenge and enable the experience and expertise of members to be drawn upon;
· Build the diversity and inclusiveness of the Parole Board membership so that the Board reflects the diversity of the society in which they serve.
About Ministry of Justice
The appointment is open to both lay persons and members of the judiciary.
Applications are welcome from senior leaders from a wide range of backgrounds including those with experience in the private, public and third sectors.
It is essential that applicants are able to demonstrate that they meet the criteria set out below.
You will need to demonstrate in your written application examples where your experience matches the essential criteria detailed below.
· Outstanding leadership skills and the ability to drive forward significant change and effectively hold to account a complex organisation;
· An ability to scrutinise and challenge with integrity; to deal with complex and challenging situations, making difficult decisions under pressure and where necessary defend these against internal and external challenge;
· Strong advocacy skills, and a personal style that demonstrates authority, commitment and consistency, and which inspires trust and confidence;
· Ability to communicate very effectively with a range of people and to deal credibly with stakeholders (Parole Board members, senior managers, ministers, judiciary, politicians and others) and the media;
· An understanding of the policy, operational, political and media landscape in which the Parole Board works, including an understanding of or experience of the wider criminal justice system, in the UK or comparable jurisdictions;
· Evidence of valuing diversity and equality.