Senior Coroner for Berkshire04/05/2018 17:00

Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

Senior Coroner for Berkshire


Salary £122,000


Reading Borough Council  is seeking to appoint a Senior Coroner for Berkshire.  This is an existing post which will become vacant following the retirement of the current post holder. The appointment will be made on a full-time basis.


The number of reported deaths per annum is approximately 2,300-2,500


The salary includes payment for out of hours availability.


The Senior Coroner will be based in the dedicated court and Coroner’s Office in Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH.


Reading Borough Council is looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven judicial, leadership, organisational and efficiency skills.  Successful applicants are likely to have experience of managing and embracing change and working within tight financial constraints. You will work closely with the local authority manager to ensure value for money, performance, and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the local authority, the police and other stakeholders is essential.


As Senior Coroner you will provide strong judicial and strategic leadership by leading a team consisting of 4 Assistant Coroners as well as conducting your own case load.


You will be required to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and application of coroner law and of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting a wide range of complex investigations and a thorough understanding of court procedure.  You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations


You will have experience of running or assisting in the running of a coroner’s jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests.


You 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.  You will be under the age of 70, have experience of working as an Assistant Coroner or Senior 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.


Reading Borough Council is the lead authority for the coroner’s service in conjunction with Bracknell Forest Council, Slough Borough Council, West Berkshire Council, Wokingham Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.


If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit to the Coroner’s Court, please contact Matthew Golledge, Trading Standards and Coroners Service Manager, on 01189 372479 / [email protected]


Application will be made by CV, to [email protected]

Please quote ‘Senior Coroner Post ENV0856’ in the subject of your email


Closing date: Friday 4th May 5pm

Interview date: Monday 4th June




The vacancy for this post has been notified to the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor (as required by statute).


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