New appointment to the Independent Police Complaints Commision announced

A new Commissioner has been appointed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), Nick Herbert, Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, announced today.

Sarah Green has been appointed as an operational Commissioner at the IPCC for a term of five years and will take up her post at the beginning of March 2011. Her role will be to ensure the IPCC meets its statutory obligations in overseeing the police complaints system; maintains an effective and efficient oversight system and raises public confidence in the IPCC’s work.

Ms Green is a Cambridge graduate; a qualified solicitor and was the Head of Legal Services for the East of England Development Agency, a post she had held since 2007. 

Prior to this, Ms Green performed several roles within the Legal Services Commission (formerly the Legal Aid Board) from 1994 to 2007 and was latterly Legal Service Commission’s Head of Civil Change Programme.  She will receive a remuneration of £75,850 per annum plus applicable allowance and pension and has no other public appointments.

Nick Herbert, minister of state for policing and criminal justice said: ‘I am pleased to announce Ms Green’s appointment as an IPCC Commissioner, where she will play a vital role in its work to build public confidence in the police complaints system.’

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Ms Green is not currently politically active or a member of a political party.

IPCC Commissioners are public appointments, made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Office of Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). The IPCC Chairman is appointed by the Crown and all other Commissioners appointed by Ministers.

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