Lay Member - Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board

Role Title – Lay Member, Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board
Location – Countywide
Salary Range – N/A – voluntary role but expenses will be remunerated
Hours – 8 hours per quarter.
Contract – ongoing basis.
 The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board (HCJB) was established to provide a structure for strategic leaders to meet, discuss and agree measures to improve the criminal justice system in Hertfordshire for victims, witnesses, the public and all those who come into contact with it.

The key purpose of the HCJB is to set the direction for the delivery of improvements through multi-agency consultation and working. The Board also encourage innovative practice, harness collective knowledge and look for opportunities for progression.

The Boards vision is to ‘deliver a joined up and modernised criminal justice system that delivers value for money and improves the confidence of victims and the public in the criminal justice system. By working in partnership, the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board aims to reduce crime, harm and risk by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system using the best available evidence’.

The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board includes membership from Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Crown Prosectution Service, Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service, Youth Justice, Prison and Probation, Health, County and District Councils, Defence, Legal Aid Agency, and Citizens Ad who vice Witness Service.

The Board continues to recognise the benefit of having a lay member of the Board who is able to bring independent challenge from a citizen perspective and bring forward concerns from the public.

About the role - Lay Member Key Responsibilities
Attendance at 4 Board meetings a year (and potential additional meetings).
Engagement with the Criminal Justice Board subgroups and task and finish groups where needed.
Engage with local groups and organisations to ensure the voice of the community is heard at the Criminal Justice Board.
Scrutinise papers and ask questions to achieve the best public confidence outcomes for the public/communities of Hertfordshire. 

About You
Good knowledge base around criminal justice system issues and continuing to be aware of emerging trends and impacts.
Able to challenge and support.
Influencing skills are essential and the ability to articulate a balanced, not personal view, and to engage in constructive debate.
Able to take an objective view, seeing issues from all perspectives.
Able to understand and analyse often complex issues, including data.
Previous experience of working in a collective decision-making group such as a board or committee, or high-level awareness of board-level working, would be desirable.
What we can offer you
An opportunity to engage and influence discussions around the work that takes place to address criminal justice system issues.
Expenses will be paid.
Training will be provided on criminal justice topic areas to support knowledge base where needed.

How to Apply

Please email an initial expression of interest (maximum 500 words) to Criminal Justice Policy and Research Manager sara.miles, on by 6th March 2022.

For an informal discussion please contact
Closing Date: Sunday 6th March 2022
Interview Date: Tuesday 8th March 2022 or Thursday 17th March 2022