Speak Out Champion

Crown Prosecution Service

Home based, however, there will be an expectation to travel to all CPS Areas across England and Wales and attend meetings at HQ, Petty France, London

  • Location

    Home based, however, there will be an expectation to travel to all CPS Areas across England and Wales and attend meetings at HQ, Petty France, London

  • Job type

    Fixed Term Contract

  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £31,304 per annum for an expected time commitment of circa four days each month, during a one year term of office (potential for extension)

  • Job ref

    GSe81069

  • Expiry date

    24 January 2022

  • Client

    Crown Prosecution Service

Ref: GSe81069

Term of office: One-year Fixed Term Contract, with a possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.

Remuneration: £31,304 per annum paid in monthly arrears and will attract PAYE for an expected time commitment of circa four days each month, during a one year term of office (potential for extension)

Location: Home based, however, there will be an expectation that the successful applicant will be required to travel to all CPS Areas across England and Wales and attend meetings within Headquarters, Petty France, London.

The Organisation

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) sits at the very heart of the Criminal Justice System (CJS), working in partnership with the police, courts, the Attorney General’s Office, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and other agencies throughout the CJS.  The CPS prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales. The CPS is independent, and we make our decisions independently of the police and government.  We are constantly adapting to the changing nature of crime.  Our vision is to be a leading voice in transforming the CJS, using our legal expertise and digital capability to make the public safer and build the confidence of our diverse communities. We have a strong track record in workforce Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and currently have one of the most diverse workforces in the Civil Service, along with what our employees tell us is a supportive and inclusive culture.

The Role

Acting independently and impartially with access to all levels of the CPS, the Speak Out Champion (SOC) will be responsible for improving confidence amongst our employees in being able to speak openly about their experiences. The Speak Out Champion will provide a safe source of support and advice and will signpost clear routes for our people to report concerns or whistleblowing issues, helping to ensure CPS fulfils its commitment to upholding its organisational values to ‘Treat everyone with respect, by being open and honest, independent and fair as well as behaving professionally and striving for excellence’.  The Speak Out Champion will gather and use this intelligence to help improve the employee experience at CPS. As a visible champion for employee’s concerns, the Speak Out Champion represents an important part of the CPS’ continued cultural drive to embed EDI within every tier of management across the organisation. This role will be instrumental in underpinning positive progress in leadership behaviours, building on a strong foundation of employee engagement, working alongside the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advocate and People Function ED&I team.  The Speak Out Champion will provide thematic feedback to the People Function so that issues can be explored in more detail and resolved at a systemic level.  Acting in an ambassadorial capacity, this role will support the CPS by engaging across the organisation as well as appearing in publications and at events on speaking out.

The Person

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference at an organisational level. With skills in customer care, analysis, logic and good judgement you will bring substantial experience in supporting EDI as well as the ability to constructively support and challenge the CPS to become the most inclusive employer in the UK. Bringing a credible track record of leadership and management, with a proven ability to coach and mediate, you will inspire confidence with CPS employees along with unquestionable personal integrity and the ability to think and act objectively and independently. Whilst you are likely to bring experience of complaints resolution and investigations at a senior level, what is essential is that you bring knowledge of the principles of good governance and are able to apply critical reasoning and judgement skills to complex issues. You will be supporting staff to resolve issues but will not form part of the formal dispute resolution process.

Recruitment Timetable


Closing Date
Midday (12:00pm) Monday 24 January 2022


Longlist Meeting
Friday 4 February 2022


Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c Monday 7 and 14 February 2022


Shortlist Meeting
Tuesday 22 February 2022


Final Panel Interviews
Friday 11 March 2022


How to apply

To apply for this post please submit the following documents no later than midday (12:00pm) on Monday 24 January 2022. 

  1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
  2. A supporting statement (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification and your motivation for applying.

If relevant, please also submit the online Disability Confident Scheme Form if applying under this scheme.

For more information

If you would like to know more about this career defining opportunity, please review the candidate pack which includes the full list of essential criteria. For an informal discussion about the role please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson via CPSjobs@gatenbysanderson.com or call

  • Russell Brandon: 01962 864124
  • James Payne: 07384 818170
  • Julie Myers: 07595 779915