The next CEO of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been named as Rebecca Lawrence. Lawrence has a strong track record in leadership roles across the public sector, and is currently CEO of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in London. Lawrence will join the CPS in September, taking over from interim CEO Paul Staff who’s retiring after 28 years at the organisation.
Welcoming the appointment, Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill stated: “This is the most important appointment I will make as the Director of Public Prosecutions, and I’m delighted that Rebecca Lawrence has accepted the role. She will bring the exceptional business, management and leadership skills essential to successfully run an organisation of the size and scale of the CPS. I’m confident that we will form a strong partnership to lead the CPS into the next decade.”
In response, Lawrence said: “I feel honoured and humbled to have been appointed as CEO of the CPS. I’ve seen first-hand the impact of the changing nature of crime on London’s communities, and the challenges of the increase in complex issues such as youth violence. The CPS has a central role in dealing with these and other criminal justice challenges right across England and Wales, and I’m looking forward to contributing to that vital work. The diversity, professionalism and values of the CPS are inspiring. It will be a privilege to work with the Director of Public Prosecutions on leading the organisation.”
Lawrence has 20 years of experience in senior roles in Whitehall. Having started her career in the banking sector she then joined the Treasury in 1994, leading on subjects including health spending and climate change policy. In 2010, Lawrence moved to work on counter-terrorism, first as director of the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism in the Home Office, and later as director of terrorism and allied matters at the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Lawrence joined MOPAC in 2013, serving first as its director of strategy before being appointed CEO three years ago.
The CEO of the CPS reports directly to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Their role includes the operational and strategic management of the CPS, working in partnership with the director of public prosecutions to provide clear organisational direction, supporting the development of the organisation’s culture and help staff to perform at their best, ensuring high standards of resource management, corporate governance and risk management, overseeing the development of policies and plans to deliver the CPS’ vision and strategy and membership of the CPS Board/chairing of the Executive Group.