Chief Executive – Voice for Victims and Witnesses, Northamptonshire OPCC

Closing Date: 05/06/2017

About the role

This is an exceptional opportunity to shape a pioneering service from the very start of its existence. One that will make a tangible difference to people’s lives.

Voice is building a new approach to provide services to victims and witnesses in Northamptonshire. The service is created by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and is funded by the PCC and central government, to ensure that victims and/or witnesses to crimes receive the best possible support to cope, recover and thrive.

Voice provides support to victims and witnesses of all crime types whether those crimes are reported to the police or not. Where the victim does choose to report the crime to the police, Voice provides information, guidance, practical and emotional support through the criminal justice process and for as long as the individual requires.

It isn’t often that you get the opportunity to shape a service of this kind from inception, so you won’t be the kind of person who is overawed by this level of responsibility.

As our new Chief Executive, you will relish the challenges this role provides – initially bringing together employees currently providing these services through three separate organisations. With around 25 staff and a budget of £1.7 million, you will create a culture that engenders a ‘one team’ approach and a passion for making a genuine and lasting difference to our diverse service users.  All the while retaining a clear focus on meeting service users’ needs and how these can be improved and remain fit for purpose.

Key to your success will be your ability to balance operational demands with a strategic approach and a flair for thinking outside the box.  You will have a talent for engaging with the PCC and other organisations in working together so that victims and witnesses get the very best support and nobody falls through the net.  Furthermore, you will ensure that services offer value for money, provide longer term benefits and are both measurable and sustainable.

About you

You will bring a breadth of relevant skills and experience, whether gained through working in a similar Chief Executive position or from a relevant senior management position.  You will come with both an understanding and passion for supporting victims, witnesses or other vulnerable client groups.

When we look at your track record, what we will be looking for is your ability to drive success –  we want an empowering approach that gets the very best out of people and personal credibility. Balancing risk, and a tenacity to deliver change with demonstrable outcomes will be what defines your work to date.

Your profile will allow you to lead with confidence, innovate and be clear about how you can monitor and evidence success.

About us 

Located in Northamptonshire in the East Midlands, Northampton is situated in the middle of excellent transport links – being in easy reach of Oxford, Birmingham, Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge and many other major towns and cities.

Our rural areas are steeped in history and home to some of the most beautiful countryside in England. Stately homes, historic villages and a network of working canals contribute to Northamptonshire’s renowned heritage, whilst our market towns bring a more vibrant flavour.

You get more for your money in Northamptonshire than almost anywhere else around us. Prices here are dramatically less than the home counties, with a similar commuting time to the capital. The average house price is £207,391, lower than all of our neighbours. *December 2016 Land Registry UK House Price Index

We are one of the fastest growing areas in the country and have responded with ambitious town centre developments including striking regeneration schemes, innovative business support services, new build housing developments, and forward-thinking infrastructure and education strategies.

The exact location of the Voice office is still to be decided but will be based within Northampton town centre.

Application arrangements

For informal enquiries, please contact Eleanor Clarke or Sue Wait our retained consultants at Jobsgopublic on 020 7427 8255, or email

The successful candidate will have to pass vetting. For more information visit the Northants OPCC website here.

Closing date: 12 pm Monday 5th June.

Interview date(s): 16th June.

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