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APPOINTMENTS TO THE INDEPENDENT POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCED

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The first deputy chairs and team of commissioners have been appointed ...
The first deputy chairs and team of commissioners have been appointed

to head up the new Independent Police Complaints Commission, home

secretary David Blunkett announced today.

John Wadham, director of Liberty since 1995, and Claire Gilham, a

deputy district judge and a lecturer at Salford University, have been

appointed as deputy chairs. They will take up their posts from

September, along with 15 commissioners, and will oversee guardianship

of the new complaints system and monitor and review procedures for

dealing with police misconduct.

The IPCC, which will replace the Police Complaints Authority in April

2004, will help raise standards and maintain police and public

confidence in the police complaints process through greater openness,

accessibility and independence. The commission will be independent of

the government and the police and will take its own decisions on the

type of investigation appropriate to particular complaints.

Mr Blunkett said:

'I am pleased to announce these new appointments to the IPCC. The

team's diverse background and wealth of experience mean they will be

key to contributing to a complaints system that commands the full

confidence of the public and police. They will play a vital role in

providing independence and ensuring the accountability and integrity

of the system.

'The establishment of the IPCC is an important part of the

government's reforms of the police service. It will help to ensure

that complaints or allegations of misconduct against police staff are

investigated thoroughly and that the system is open and transparent.'

Nick Hardwick, chair of the IPCC, said:

'I am very much looking forward to working with the new commissioners

who I am certain will make a vital contribution to the work of the

IPCC. The commissioners will be the guardians of the IPCC's

independence. They will play an important role in establishing the

IPCC's values and culture. T heir work will involve making fair

judgements on cases, working to increase the confidence of

communities and the police service. They will face many new

challenges I am sure, in what will be exciting and important work.'

NOTES:

1. The Independent Police Complaints Commission, established as part

of the Police Reform Act 2002, will replace the Police Complaints

Authority on 1 April 2004. It was set up in shadow form on 1 April

2003 to ensure that all necessary arrangements are in place.

2. The IPCC will have its own investigative teams and be able to

choose to take on cases separately from the police service. It will

also have powers to manage or supervise police investigations and

consider appeals from complaints against police decisions. The

commission will also have powers of inspection and monitoring to

assist it in its role as guardian of the new system, ensuring that

the entire system is effective and enjoys the confidence of the

public.

3. Nick Hardwick was appointed chair of the IPCC in December 2002.

4. Under the provisions of the Police Reform Act, the deputy chairs

and commissioners are full time public appointments, appointed by the

home secretary.

5. The recruitment process for the deputy chair and commissioner

posts were made in accordance with guidance issued by the Office of

the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

6. The appointments will be for a period of five years, with a

remuneration of between £50,000 and £70,000. The commissioners are

expected to begin taking up their posts from September and all be in

post by the end of January 2004.

7. Biographical details of the new appointees as follows:

Claire Gilham

Claire Gilham currently holds a number of positions: lecturer, deputy

district judge, lay chair NHS Complaints procedure, board member of

Muir Group Housing Association, chair of statutory enquiries,

northwest region and member of the Mental He alth Act Commission.

John Wadham

John Wadham has been the director of Liberty since 1995.

Ian Bynoe

Ian Bynoe has been the first deputy chair of the PCA since 2002. He

was previously the second deputy chair, preceded by a role as a PCA

Member from 1998.

John Crawley

John Crawley is currently the chief executive of fch Housing and Care

(a Midlands housing, social care and regeneration agency). He is also

Chair of an NHS Primary Care Trust.

Tom Davies

Tom Davies is currently the director for Wales, the Prince's Trust,

where he has been for the last four years.

Mike Franklin

Mike Franklin is currently working with the HM Inspectorate of

Constabulary as an assistant inspector with a portfolio for race and

diversity.

Gary Garland

Gary Garland is currently a trial attorney with the Office of the

Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former

Yugoslavia dealing with serious breaches of international law. He has

previous experience as an international prosecutor and a senior

prosecution lawyer and a former member of the Bar Council.

Deborah Glass

Deborah Glass is currently a full time member of the PCA, where she

has been for the last two years. She was previously chief executive

of the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation.

Len Jackson

Len Jackson is currently chair of the East Midlands Sports Board. He

was previously managing director of Amelca plc and Pork Farms

(Northern Foods plc). He has chaired voluntarily New Deal Employer

Coalition and Common Purpose, an educational charity.

Nicholas Long

Nicholas Long is currently a surveyor and member of the Metropolitan

Police Authority, where he is deputy chair of the Finance Committee.

He is also a trustee of NACRO, deputy chair of the Lambeth Crime

Prevention Trust and a member of the Operation Trident Independent

Advisory Group, which he previously chaired.

Laurence Lustgarten

Laurence Lus tgarten is currently a professor of law at the University

of Southampton; occasional lecturer to the judiciary and police

service; member of the Advisory Council of the Kurdish Human Rights

project.

Naseem Malik

Naseem Malik is currently the head of legal service at Knowsley

MBC. She has also been a senior solicitor and principle solicitor at

Oldham MBC and Blackburn with Darwen BC and has been sub chair of a

Cabinet Office social inclusion unit policy action team.

Rebecca Marsh

Rebecca Marsh is currently operations manager at the Guidance

Accreditation Board and is deputy chair of Dudley Group of Hospitals

NHS Trust. She was previously a regional lay chair for NHS

Complaints.

Mehmuda Mian Pritchard

Mehmuda Mian Pritchard is currently a PCA member. She is also a

non-executive director of the MHS Litigation Authority and friend of

ASRA Housing Association. She was previously a senior

solicitor/caseworker at the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors

and a non-executive director of the North Birmingham Mental Health

Trust.

David Petch

David Petch is currently a PCA member. Previously his career was in

the Ministry of Defence and in the Cabinet Office where he was deputy

chief of assessments staff.

Amerdeep Somal

Amerdeep Somal is a prosecution team leader at the CPS. She is

secretary of Roshni Asian Woman's Refuge Management Committee.

Nicola Williams

Nicola Williams is a barrister and has been a PCA Member since

September 2001.

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