Pre-appointment hearing for the Service Complaints Commissioner - Defence Committee Contents

Appendix: Nicola Williams' curriculum vitae


From 30.3.2012-Accredited Mediator, London School of Mediation; member, CIAMA (Cayman Islands Association of Mediators and Arbitrators).

From 23.10.09 - Appointed to the judiciary of England and Wales as a Crown Court Recorder. Sitting on the London and South-Eastern Circuit hearing a variety of criminal trials and appeals from the Magistrates Court.

From 17.8.09-15.8.15

Complaints Commissioner for the Cayman Islands

Office of the Complaints Commissioner (OCC)

P.O. Box 2252

202 Piccadilly Centre

28 Elgin Avenue

George Town, Grand Cayman


Sole Ombudsman office for the Cayman Islands and head of a staff of 6. The OCC investigates complaints against 93 government entities. In addition, the OCC conducts major investigations of national importance; the resulting Reports on these investigations on issues such as pensions mismanagement, health and safety in the construction industry, and whistleblowing have been widely reported nationally and globally.

Along with the Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission, the OCC is the leading human rights organisation in the Cayman Islands.



Independent Police Complaints Commission,

90 High Holborn,

London WC1V 6BH.

The Commission is the guardian of the police complaints system for England and Wales. In this role, I had particular responsibility for Kent, Sussex and the Ministry of Defence Police Forces, as well as part of the Metropolitan Police Service. This involved not only dealing with complaints of the utmost gravity, including fatalities involving police (shootings, road traffic incidents, deaths in custody), but also encouraging both the public and the police to have full confidence in the police complaints system by ensuring it operates in a fair and impartial manner. To this end I regularly had meetings with police officers of all ranks up to and including the highest seniority; members of the public, individually as well as community groups; and other key stakeholders such as the Mayor's office. I also had conduct of, and ultimate responsibility for, a number of significant nationally reported cases, & have been interviewed on several occasions on television and radio, and in print.

I was the lead Commissioner responsible for drafting IPCC guidelines on investigating allegations of discriminatory conduct by police officers.

I was also a member of the IPCC Resources and Diversity Committees.


Board Member,

Police Complaints Authority

Great George Street,

Westminster, London, SW1.

My responsibilities in this post were broadly similar to those in my role at the IPCC, but for different forces, including Merseyside and North Wales police.

1.10.85-31.7.01: Barrister in private practice

I was a barrister in private practice for nearly 16 years before accepting my appointment at the Police Complaints Authority. During this time I practiced in a number of fields in the High Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal, specialising in Criminal Law - including three successful Commonwealth death penalty appeals before the House of Lords sitting as the Privy Council. I remain a door tenant at Chambers of Lord Gifford QC, Mitre Court Buildings, Temple, London EC4

Professional Achievement

Part of a delegation sponsored by the British Council, lecturing Turkish police inspectors on Human Rights.

I will complete a Certificate in International Human Rights Law (Nottingham University) in October 2014.

Three times listed as one of the 100 most influential Black people in the U.K (1998; 2007-8; 2008-9).

Winner, Cosmopolitan magazine Woman of Achievement Award (Professions).

From 1.1.2014-Member, UK Association of Women Judges.

From 30.3.2012-Accredited Mediator, London School of Mediation; member, CIAMA (Cayman Islands Association of Mediators and Arbitrators).

Vice-President, Caribbean Ombudsman Association 2010-13.

Legal expert on BBC World for the OJ Simpson trial verdict in 1995.

Founder Member, Independent Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police Service (following recommendations arising from the Macpherson Report into the death of Stephen Lawrence [1999]).

Member, Bar Council Equality & Diversity Committee (January 2008-April 2009).

Former Trustee, African Caribbean Diversity.

Member, Virdi Enquiry Panel.

Author of the legal thriller, "Without Prejudice", published in 1997 in both the U.K. and U.S.

Former Chair, London Regional Advisory Council, BBC.

Member, Advertising Advisory Committee, BCAP (January 2009-August 2010).

Presenting papers at a number of conferences, notably:

·  International Funds Conference, Grand Cayman, January 2010 (paper on transparency)

·  "Confidentiality-A Key to Integrity", Caribbean Ombudsman Association Conference, Curacao, November 2010.

·  "The Principles of Public Administration and the Role of the Ombudsman"-Centre for Justice conference, Bermuda, March 2012

·   "Delivering More With Less"-10th World Conference of the International Ombudsman Institute, New Zealand, November 2012.

·  Speaker on Whistleblowing and good governance, UCCI International Conference, March 2014.

Was actively involved in the Speakers for Schools programme, which encouraged young people from disadvantaged and under-represented communities to enter the U.K. legal profession.


BA (Hons) Law, 1984

Bar Finals: called 1985

Pupillage: Farrar's Buildings, Temple, EC4; and 8 King's Bench Walk, Temple, EC4.
Table 1: Recruitment of Service Complaints Commissioner
Candidate information from On-line Political Activity Declaration
Title Ms
Forename Nicola
Surname Williams
Obtained office N
Stood as Candidate N
Spoken on behalf N
Acted as Agent N
Held office local branch N
Canvassed or helped N
Other Political Activity N
Made recordable donation N
None of the above Y
Name of party

Source: Nicola Williams' application

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