HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Public Appointments

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the appointment of Tim Parker to the post of Chairman of the Board for the HM Courts and Tribunals Service was overseen by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Tim Parker was appointed as HMCTS Board Chairman in April 2018, following an open and transparent recruitment process. The appointment was advertised on the Cabinet Office’s ‘Centre for Public Appointments’ website as well as on the Sunday Times, Exec-Appointments, NED Exchange, NonExecutiveDirectors and Women on Boards websites.

A total of 30 applications were considered at the initial sift stage, with a final shortlist of four candidates interviewed by a four-person recruitment panel chaired by the Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary and also including the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, the HMCTS Chief Executive and an independent member put forward by the Ministry of Justice Public Appointments team. As required under the terms of the HMCTS Framework Document, Tim’s appointment was made by the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals based on a unanimous recommendation made by the panel.

The HMCTS Board Chair is not an appointment regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, so this appointment was not overseen by the Commissioner. However, in line with best practice, the principles of the Governance Code on Public Appointments were used to guide the recruitment.

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