Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Victims' Commissioner

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20 January 2021

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Office of the Victims’ Commissioner.

The Office of the Victims’ Commissioner's current CEO is retiring so a vacancy has arisen for a new CEO to lead the team. 

The Victims’ Commissioner (VC) is a statutory office holder. The role is established in legislation under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and amended by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

Since the first VC appointment in 2010, the Commissioner has played an important role in promoting the interests of victims and witnesses, encouraging good practice in their treatment and reviewing the Code of Practice for Victims, as well as holding Government to account.

The Chief Executive Officer role is an exciting opportunity to lead the Office of the Victims Commissioner (OVC) in providing support and advice to this key statutory office holder. Your support to the VC will include:

  • Leading the office to help the VC fulfil her statutory duties;
  • Supporting the VC to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and government agencies;
  • Providing robust and strategic advice to the VC;
  • Responsibility for managing a budget of 0.56 million and managing resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Helping to influence and design the VC’s priorities and strategic plans ; and
  • Managing key stakeholders and being the VC’s key point of contact and representing the VC as various key meetings.

You will in effect, be, her representative, sounding board and voice across the victims and criminal justice landscape.

Details of the work of the Victims’ Commissioner and her office, her most recent annual report, her second term strategic plan, and her office, can be found on her website:

The current Victims’ Commissioner is Dame Vera Baird QC. Dame Vera was appointed in June 2019 for a three-year term. 

The Role

The role involves challenging and varied responsibilities. These include leading the OVC, supporting the VC to draft their strategic plans, and overseeing the OVC to deliver key outputs in support of the VC’s Strategy.  You will manage a team of six staff, setting the team’s direction, and prioritising the team’s resources effectively. The role also includes managing input into VC responses to Government consultations and the development of key policy initiatives, so that they meet the priorities of her strategic plan and respond to changes in the victim landscape. There is also the opportunity to draft speeches for the VC, and inform and influence her policy positions. You will need to be able to form close relationships with a number of key stakeholders across Whitehall, including working closely with MoJ Communications team, as you will be expected to handle reactive media enquiries (in any out of office hours) and be able to prepare lines to take and op eds (articles reflecting the opinion of the author) at short notice. You will need strong presentation skills and be able to speak publicly with confidence and deliver presentations to a high standard at workshops and high-profile external meetings.

The OVC welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit:

Candidates wishing for further information please contact Russell A'Court at  





Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working


£60,295 - £76,000

Post Type

Loan , Secondment

Duration of appointment

Up to 24 to 36 months


Application Process

For full details and to submit an online application form CLICK HERE

Closing Date: 
Friday, 5 February 2021