England and Wales CPS names new CEO

The leader is currently chief executive of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in London

England and Wales CPS names new CEO

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of England and Wales has picked a seasoned public servant as its new chief executive.

Rebecca Lawrence will join the CPS in September, succeeding Paul Staff, the interim chief executive, who is retiring after 28 years at the body. Lawrence is currently chief executive of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London.

Lawrence, who has held senior roles in Whitehall for two decades, said she feels “honoured and humbled” to be appointed as the chief executive of the CPS.

“I have seen first-hand the impact of the changing nature of crime on London’s communities, and the challenges of the increase in complex issues such as youth violence. The CPS has a central role in dealing with these and other criminal justice challenges right across England and Wales, and I am looking forward to contributing to that vital work,” she said. “The diversity, professionalism and values of the CPS are inspiring. It will be a privilege to work with the DPP to lead the organisation.”

Rebecca Lawrence

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