Senior Coroner for Newport City, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau11/02/2019 23:59

Co-located with the Newport City Council Registration Service,‘Mansion House’, Newport.

Senior Coroner for Newport City, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent Councils Area (Gwent area)

Salary £120,000 pa

Newport City Council, on behalf of all of the above Councils is seeking to appoint a new Senior Coroner following the retirement of the previous post-holder in 2018.

The Senior Coroner stands at the head of the local coroner service and statutory coroner area, takes the lead on coroner work, and will be expected to conduct inquests, which are difficult or complex or will be likely to attract significant publicity.

The number of reported deaths is c2,500 per annum. Accordingly, we appoint our senior coroner on a full time basis, which equates to 37 hours a week. Newport City Council acts as the lead authority for the appointment and day-to-day management of the coroner’s office.

The salary will include payment for out of hour’s availability by agreement. 

Newport City 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 manager to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the local authority, the police and other stakeholders is essential.

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

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, which requires a minimum 5 years legal qualification.   You must 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).

A candidate pack is available on Newport City Council’s Job Vacancies website

Job reference NCC5282


If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact:

Meirion Rushworth, Head of Finance on 01633 656656 / 07817 256147

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and supporting statement to: [email protected]

Closing date: Monday 11th February 2019
Interview date:  w/c 11th March

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


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