Our Chief Crown Prosecutor

Andrew Penhale

Andrew Penhale, Chief Crown ProsecutorAndrew Penhale took up his appointment as Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North-East Area in June 2017.

Andrew's career with the CPS began in 2001 when he joined the then Casework Directorate in York, having practised for a number of years as a defence solicitor in Leeds and Wakefield.

Building upon a track record of serious, complex and sensitive casework, Andrew was appointed Unit Head for the Organised Crime Division in 2007, leading teams in Manchester and York, handling a wide range of cases involving drug-trafficking, money-laundering, cyber-crime and people-trafficking. In 2011, Andrew was appointed as Deputy Head of Fraud, in what is now the Specialist Fraud Division. The role involved responsibility for large, complex fraud and tax evasion cases, leading 250 staff based in six offices in England and Wales.

In January 2015, Andrew joined CPS Yorkshire & Humberside as Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor with responsibility for casework in West and North Yorkshire. He was the Area lead for the introduction of Better Case Management and oversaw the introduction of the Digital Case System, both of which were piloted in Leeds. In addition, Andrew was the Area Violence Against Women and Girls and Hate Crime Co-ordinator and managed the Yorkshire & Humberside move to a single, central Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit.

Andrew is the current lead on the national roll-out of section 28 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, the early video cross-examination of children and other witnesses.