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CPS announces new board members


The Crown Prosecution Service has appointed Alison Porter and Jeremy Newman as new non-executive directors to the CPS Board.

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "I am pleased to welcome Alison and Jeremy to the CPS Board. They bring with them a wealth of experience and will undoubtedly make valuable additions to the governance of the CPS."

In addition to sitting on the board, Alison Porter will be a member of the CPS Nominations and Governance Committee and Jeremy Newman will Chair the Audit and Risk Committee.

Both have taken up their roles with effect from December 2012.


Biography - Jeremy Newman

Jeremy is a chartered accountant by profession and the former Chief Executive (2008-2011) of BDO International. Prior to that, he was managing partner (2001-2008) of BDO's UK firm, having joined them as a trainee in 1978 and becoming a partner in 1986. He has worked extensively in audit and corporate finance and has acted for a wide range of businesses across a variety of industries.

Jeremy is the current Chairman of the Audit Commission, having been appointed to this role in October 2012. He is also Chair of Trustees of a local Primary school and trustee of a number of private charitable trusts. He has chaired, been a member of, and reported to numerous boards and committees including audit committees. He has managed relationships with governments, regulators and the media in the UK and globally.

Biography - Alison Porter

Alison has 20 years experience in strategic development, operational management and governance at board level in both the private and public sectors. Her early career experience was with HMRC and the Cabinet Office followed by 17 years with BT plc in a range of operational management, security professional and strategic roles. She is an experienced non-executive director having held posts with five Government Agencies over the past 11 years and is also a former Lay Magistrate.

She recently completed an MA with distinction in Creative Entrepreneurship at the University of East Anglia where she is a visiting speaker.

She is currently a non-executive board member at the National Fraud Authority.


Notes to Editors

  1. More information about the CPS Board and committees is available on the CPS website.
  2. The media can contact the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906 (out of hours pager 07699 781 926) or The CPS is also on Twitter @CPSUK.
  3. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three specialised national divisions: Central Fraud Division, Special Crime and Counter Terrorism, and Organised Crime. In 2011-2012, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department of Health (DoH) prosecution functions were transferred to the CPS. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales.
  4. In 2011-2012 the CPS employed around 7,464 people and prosecuted 107,244 cases in the Crown Court and 787,547 cases in the magistrates' courts. 80.8% of prosecutions in the Crown Court and 86.5% in the magistrates courts resulted in a conviction. Further information can be found on the CPS website.
  5. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.