Senior Coroner for North Yorkshire (East and West) and York20/07/2020 23:59

Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Senior Coroner for North Yorkshire (East and West) and York

Salary £128,489.50 (from 01/04/20)

North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York are seeking to appoint a new Senior Coroner. This is to replace the current post-holder in North Yorkshire (East and West) who retires on 30th September 2020. This appointment is in anticipation of an amalgamation of the two current North Yorkshire areas and the City of York area and the post is to cover these three areas in anticipation of the merger in to one area.

The County Council is currently in discussions with City of York Council, which is the lead local authority for the City of York coroner area, in order to merge these three coroner areas into one larger North Yorkshire and York coroner area The successful candidate, therefore, has the potential to become the Senior Coroner for a larger area, subject to the Lord Chancellor making a statutory instrument merging the areas and to the parliamentary process. 

The Senior Coroner stands at the head of the local coroner service and statutory coroner area and 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 pa across the three areas was 2018 [2019 figures].  Accordingly, we appoint our Senior Coroner with a salary on a full-time basis.

The salary includes payment for out of hours’ availability.

The Senior Coroner will be based in Northallerton. 

Office opening hours are:

We are 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(s) to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the local authority(ies), the police and other stakeholders 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.

Previous experience as a Coroner is essential. The successful candidate will have proven experience of running or shared running of a coroner’s jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests.

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 five-year basis.  They 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 choose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chancellor with the agreement of the Lord Chief Justice prior to their 70th birthday. 

The candidate pack is available on our Jobs and Careers website

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Robin Mair- General Manager – Registration, Archives and Coroners on 01609 533806 or Robert Turnbull, Senior Coroner on 01609 533843.

Suitably qualified applicants should apply through the North Yorkshire County Council  Jobs and Careers website:

Closing date: 20th July 2020
Interview date:  28th August 2020

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