Independent Board Members


College of Policing
Central Government
GBP £250-300 per day for 15-18 days pa


The College of Policing is the first professional body for all in policing in England and Wales.  It is a membership organisation and acts in the public interest.  The College is currently a company limited by guarantee, owned by the Home Secretary, and an arm’s length Body of the Home Office. Our Board of Directors comprises individuals who bring knowledge, skills and experience from across different sectors including policing, academia, business and government. The College aspires to be a world class professional body that will shape and influence policing for future generations. 

This is an exciting time to join the College as an independent Board member. We have a challenging agenda of implementing the policies and programme that have been developed over the last three years in conjunction with our stakeholders. Our vision is to be a world-class professional body, equipping our members with the skills and knowledge to prevent crime, protect the public and secure public trust. We can only do this if, as an organisation, we operate to the highest operational and ethical standards. As a Board director you would play a significant role in securing the College’s long-term success, setting its strategic direction and making a real difference to policing and public protection across England and Wales.

We are very committed to having the right people with the right skills, knowledge and experience on the Board to enable us to achieve our aspirations. Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience of operating at senior board level, either in a public or private sector organisation, working successfully with executives and non-executives to take forward the strategic direction of a complex organisation, together with a sound understanding of effective governance. Experience in a senior leadership role in one or more of the following would be particularly useful:

•           A professional membership body

•           An educational establishment, preferably a university

•           The management of risk and assurance. 

Board members will be remunerated at a rate of £250 for 15 days per annum

One of the appointees will also be invited to become Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee. This role will be remunerated at a rate of £300 a day for a maximum of 18 days a year. If you would like to be considered for this role, you must have an appropriate qualification, and experience, in finance, accounting or audit.

Please note that operational policing experience gained at any stage in your career excludes you from these roles.

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Recruitment timetable

Timetable of the recruitment process
Closing date 5pm Friday 8th December 2017
Longlist meeting w/c Monday 18th December 2017
Preliminary Interviews From Tuesday 2nd January 2018 to Friday 12th January 2018
Shortlist meeting w/c Monday 15th January 2018
Final Panel w/c Monday 22nd January 2018

How to apply

Applications must consist of:

  • A comprehensive CV setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  • A supporting statement (maximum two sides A4) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria in Part 1 of the Person Specification for the role. Please provide specific detailed examples to demonstrate how you can meet each criterion
  • Please ensure you have also completed and submitted the equal opportunities monitoring form on the GatenbySanderson site. The information you provide will be treated as confidential, used for statistical purposes only and will not be shared with the panel nor treated as part of your application.
  • Conflict of interest form. Please give details of any business or other interests or any personal connections which, if you are appointed, could be misconstrued or cause embarrassment to the Home Office and/or College of Policing. Any particular conflicts of interest detailed here will not prevent you going forward to interview but may, if appropriate, be explored with you during your interview to establish how you would address the issue(s) should you be successful in your application.
  • The political activity declaration. This information will only be provided to the panel for those applicants selected for interview.  Candidates for this role will need to demonstrate their impartiality, both in terms of any past or present political activities and/or membership of or connections with any organisations that might compromise, or be seen to compromise, their ability to act impartially, objectively and independently

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