Chair of the Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board

Recruiter
NPCC
Location
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
£400.00 per day (based on a commitment of 24 days, including 6 board meetings per year)
Posted
08 Apr 2021
Closes
22 Apr 2021
Position/Level
Board
Responsibilities
Governance
Contract Type
Contract / Interim

Fixed term 2 year contract (with option for extension to be reviewable annually)

We require an independently minded expert with a track record in championing inclusion and race equality to scrutinise, check and challenge us as we develop and deliver a plan of action on inclusion and race. The Plan will aim to build a more inclusive police service, and address negative disparities for Black people interacting with, or working in, policing.

You will play an essential part in ensuring that the Plan is effective and delivered and that policing can change for the better.

Police Plan of Action on Inclusion and Race
The legitimacy of UK policing is built on relationships between the police and the public, but levels of trust and confidence are significantly lower among some Black communities.

Through collective commitment, and with external challenge and support, the Plan will ensure that policing becomes more inclusive and addresses negative disparities in the experiences of Black people interacting with, or working in, policing. We intend that the outcomes of this Plan will benefit all communities.

The Police Plan of Action on Inclusion and Race is being led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the College of Policing and it will result in changes across police forces in England and Wales.

Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board Chair
For the Plan to make progress, listening to communities and staff, evidence and lived experience is essential. A new Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board (ISOB), is key to that vision. We seek an exceptional candidate to help shape this important priority for policing.

As the Chair of the ISOB you will work alongside the Programme Board in their responsibility for delivering the Plan. You will help to generate ambition, action and stretch within policing by providing robust, effective challenge, support, direction and profile for the Plan, to ensure that it delivers meaningful change.

You will act as a critical friend, with an active and independent voice, highlighting issues of concern and advising the Programme Board. You will publicly review, report and communicate on the extent to which the Plan is delivered and make recommendations for further progress, we anticipate to considerable public interest.

You will guide the appointment of the other members of the ISOB, ensuring the necessary expertise, lived experience and challenge is represented. You will Chair Board meetings in a way that maximises contributions from all members. You will establish and promote proactive engagement with external stakeholders, which will enable their insights to influence the Plan. 

We are looking for a Chair with cultural intelligence and a track record in championing and advocating on issues of inclusion and race. You will need a resilient and tenacious attitude and a proven ability to influence and drive improvement. An ability to analyse complex, nuanced issues and exercise independent, evidence-based judgement across a broad spectrum of policy and strategic equality issues is essential. Strong leadership skills and personal integrity will be imperative, coupled with an understanding and awareness of how Equalities and Human Rights legislation impacts on policing. Experience of effective communication across multiple platforms is essential.

If you have the skills, expertise and passionate approach we need, you could help shape the future of policing and address long-standing challenges in our relationships with Black people and communities. Work with us, and by tackling disparities and improving inclusion, help to keep every community safe.

Further information and an applicant information pack are available at our website via the button below. Alternatively on request from T/Superintendent Hector McKoy at inclusionandrace@npcc.pnn.police.uk.

Applications are invited via a detailed CV, personal statement outlining suitability for this role, and monitoring form which should be submitted to T/Superintendent Hector McKoy at inclusionandrace@npcc.pnn.police.uk by 23:59 on Sunday 25 April 2021.

Recruitment for this role is being assisted by the Metropolitan Police which provides human resources support to the NPCC. The National Police Chiefs’ Council is hosted by the Metropolitan Police but independent of it.