Rebecca Lawrence appointed as next CEO of Crown Prosecution Service

Rebecca Lawrence

Rebecca Lawrence

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.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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