Appointment of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons - Justice Committee Contents

Annex B: Statutory basis; person specification; and terms and conditions

Statutory provisions (Prison Act 1952)

5A. Appointment and functions of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons[17]

(1) Her Majesty may appoint a person to be Chief Inspector of Prisons.

(2) It shall be the duty of the Chief Inspector to inspect or arrange for the inspection of prisons in England and Wales and to report to the Secretary of State on them.

(3) The Chief Inspector shall in particular report to the Secretary of State on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons.

(4) The Secretary of State may refer specific matters connected with prisons in England and Wales and prisoners in them to the Chief Inspector and direct him to report on them.

(5) The Chief Inspector shall in each year submit to the Secretary of State a report in such form as the Secretary of State may direct, and the Secretary of State shall lay a copy of that report before Parliament.

(5A) Subsections (2) to (5) apply to detention centres (as defined by section 147 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and including any in Scotland) and persons detained in such detention centres as they apply to prisons and prisoners.[18]

(6) The Chief Inspector shall be paid such salary and allowances as the Secretary of State may with the consent of the Treasury determine.

Person Specification

The post holder is not expected to have a background within the criminal justice or immigration systems, but will have an appreciation of the issues affecting these areas, and be able to demonstrate strong performance across the range of competencies set out below.

Leadership and Performance Proven ability to lead effectively a multi-disciplinary team, including experienced professional staff. Ability to develop and maintain demonstrable and perceived independence from the inspected agencies.
Stakeholder ManagementThe ability to establish credibility with the public, Ministers and other stakeholders.

Authority and influence at very senior levels across a broad range of stakeholders and delivery partners. Highly developed inter-personal skills and the willingness to work collaboratively with others, with the ability to feel at ease with prisoners, prison staff, senior managers in the criminal justice system and their counterparts in other areas inspected.

Strategic Thinking and JudgementAn ability to process and interpret complex information and to offer well-developed analytical reasoning skills and judgment based on evidence. The ability to provide impartial, objective and pragmatic advice with excellent judgement in both operational and political matters. High integrity and a genuine commitment to helping raise standards within prisons, immigration detention and other places of custody and to furthering the contribution prisons can make to reducing re-offending. An incisive and independent mind and highly developed analytical skills. Excellent judgement in both operational and political matters.
CommunicationExcellent communication skills and proven ability to handle the media. Experience of formulating and presenting technical advice and reports to others at senior levels.

Terms and conditions
TenureThe post is offered as a fixed term appointment, initially of five years, with the possibility of extension by agreement between the post-holder and the Justice Secretary. If selected for appointment, a serving civil servant will not be required to change their terms and conditions of employment.
SalaryThe salary for this post is £110,000 per annum based on a 36 hour working week (excluding meal breaks) but flexible working arrangements will be available. The salary will be fixed for three years, after which time it will be subject to review. Performance will be assessed annually. Abatement of salary may apply if the post holder is in receipt of a public service pension.
Annual LeaveAnnual leave allowance will be 30 days with pay. In addition, there are 8 days' bank and public holidays and 2½ privilege days to be taken at fixed times of the year.

17   5A inserted by Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c. 48, SIF 39:1), s. 57(1) Back

18   5A (5A) inserted (2.4.2001) by 1999 c. 33, s. 152(5); S.I. 2001/239, art. 2, Sch. Back

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