Senior Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton17/06/2018 23:59


Team: Registration and Coroner Services

Salary: £120,000 per annum

Hours: 37 hours per week

Location: Bedfordshire and Luton
Closing Date: 17th June 2018
Interview Date: 13th July 2018


More about the role:  


Central Bedfordshire Council, as the relevant authority, is seeking to appoint a new Senior Coroner for the Area. Please click HERE for the Candidate Information Pack for this role; below is further information about the role.


The number of reported deaths for 2017 was 2230. 


The salary includes payments for out of hours availability.


The Senior Coroner will be based in the dedicated Court and Coroner’s Office in Ampthill, co-located with the Registration Service. The Coroner’s Office is open to the public from 8am-4pm.


The successful candidate will be a barrister or a solicitor or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a 5-year basis.  S/he will be under the age of 70, have experience of working as a Senior Coroner, Area Coroner or Assistant Coroner and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3).


Once a Coroner is appointed they are then a Judicial Office holder until they reach the age of 70 years (compulsory retirement age) unless they chose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior their 70th birthday.


Central Bedfordshire Council is looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven leadership, organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change.  You will work closely with the local authority to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with all stakeholders including the police and Central Bedfordshire Council is essential.


You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coroner law and of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting investigations and an understanding of court procedure. You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations.


It is essential that the successful candidate has proven experience of running or sharing running a coroner’s jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests.


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.


For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Caroline Ritchie, Registration and Coroner Services Manager, at [email protected] to arrange a mutually convenient time.


For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact:  Natalie Franklin at [email protected] or call 0300 300 6943.


Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.


To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role: