to head up the new Independent Police Complaints Commission, home
secretary David Blunkett announced today.
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.'
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
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
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 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 has been the director of Liberty since 1995.
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 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 is currently the director for Wales, the Prince's Trust,
where he has been for the last four years.
Mike Franklin is currently working with the HM Inspectorate of
Constabulary as an assistant inspector with a portfolio for race and
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 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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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 is a prosecution team leader at the CPS. She is
secretary of Roshni Asian Woman's Refuge Management Committee.
Nicola Williams is a barrister and has been a PCA Member since