Our Chief Crown Prosecutor and Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors

Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor

Martin Goldman, Chief Crown ProsecutorMartin Goldman studied for his law degree at Dundee University before going on to complete his Solicitors' finals at the Chester College of Law in 1987.

He completed his articles in his native Liverpool, qualifying as a solicitor in 1989. Martin then joined CPS West Yorkshire as a trainee Crown Prosecutor, becoming a Crown Prosecutor in 1991. Following a promotion in 1998, Martin became the Head of the Leeds and Wakefield Criminal Justice Units in 2000.

In 2004 he became Chief Crown Prosecutor for Cleveland  then in 2007 moved to CPS Direct, our national out of hours service which provides telephone advice to police on charging. CPSD staff handle over 3,000 out of hours calls a week. In 2010, the CPSD model was rolled out across the CPS to provide daytime charging advice on the telephone.

In April 2011, Martin became Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside and in February 2017 became Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West.

Ian Rushton, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor

Ian Rushton, Acting Chief Crown Prosecutor

Ian has worked for the Crown Prosecution Service since it began in April 1986, having been in private practice in Manchester prior to joining the former Prosecuting Solicitor's Department with Greater Manchester Police.

A Senior Crown Prosecutor in the City of Manchester until January 1993, Ian was then promoted to Assistant Branch Crown Prosecutor for Sheffield in South Yorkshire. He progressed to Branch Crown Prosecutor, and held similar posts in Preston and East Lancashire before moving to Cheshire in November 2005 as the Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP).He was appointed to the post of CCP for Lancashire in March 2010 and in April 2011 became one of the two Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors with Chris Long.  In April 2014 he became Acting Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West.

Ian has been heavily involved in the recruitment of legal trainees and with the development and delivery of the CPS Proactive Prosecutor courses, a key element of all Crown Prosecutors' training. He has a national responsibility for Violence Against Women issues.

Ian was educated at The Manchester Grammar School and is a graduate in Law from the University of Nottingham.

Steve Hoolohan, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor

Steve Hoolohan, Deputy Chief Crown ProsecutorSteve Hoolohan qualified as a solicitor in 1984. He immediately joined the Greater Manchester County Prosecuting Solicitors department. This was intended as a short term post to allow him to gain advocacy experience before returning to private practice. Thirty years later Steve remains with the CPS, still enjoying the job.

After three years with the Rochdale team Steve moved to Bolton and then as a Team Leader to Warrington in Cheshire.  Whilst in Cheshire Steve had a variety of roles managing combined teams, Magistrates teams or Crown Court units. He qualified as a Crown Advocate in 1998.

After 15 years in Cheshire Steve moved to CPS North West as Head of the Preston and South West Lancashire Combined Unit, later becoming Head of the Greater Manchester Crown Court Unit.

Steve became the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wessex in July 2014 and returned to the North West Area as Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in June 2017.