CPS West Midlands  - Executive Team

Grace Ononiwu OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor

Grace Ononiwu, Chief Crown ProsecutorGrace Ononiwu qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She initially worked at a private firm of solicitors in High Wycombe practising criminal law, but joined the CPS in 1991 as a Crown Prosecutor. She has held a number of positions in the CPS, which led to her ultimate appointment as Chief Crown Prosecutor for Northamptonshire in April 2005, making her the first African Caribbean to be appointed to that position in the history of the CPS. She has made a significant contribution to the CPS Equality and Diversity agenda and was previously Chair of the National Black Crown Prosecution Association. In April 2009 Grace was appointed Legal Director for North Region, CPS London, before becoming Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for all the London Districts. She was appointed as Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England Area in August 2012 and she took up her post with CPS West Midlands on 23 June 2014.


Lionel Idan, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor

Lionel Idan, Deputy Chief Crown ProsecutorLionel was called to the Bar in 1996 and defended and prosecuted in crime and immigration until joining the CPS in 2005 as a rape and domestic violence specialist. In 2007, Lionel was appointed a District Crown Prosecutor in charge of an inner-city borough of London and later Chair of his Local Criminal Justice Group. In 2009, Lionel was appointed a Senior District Crown Prosecutor with responsibility and oversight for one of six London Districts comprising of six inner and outer city boroughs. During this period Lionel was the Strategic lead in London for Domestic Violence and for the Olympics in 2012. In 2014 Lionel was recognised in the CPS London Awards for his outstanding contribution to the Area in his  role as Legal and Stakeholder Manager. Lionel was also appointed a Disclosure Gateway Reviewer and has conducted disclosure reviews on some of London's most complex and high profile cases. Lionel has also acted as the Head of CPS London's Complex Casework Unit, which includes the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences and Homicide specialist teams, as well as the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS London Crown Court South Unit encompassing the London Crown Advocacy team. Lionel has a passion for championing the rights and justice for victims and witnesses, and has written and delivered a Continued Professional Development (CPD) approved training course on victimless prosecutions for CPS London. Lionel took up his current post with CPS West Midlands in June 2015 and has overall responsibility for the Area's Complex Casework Unit, which handles the most complex and sensitive cases across the region's crown courts, the Magistrates' Court Unit, the thematic lead for national British Transport Police prosecutions, the Area's Hate Crime prosecutions and Victims and Witnesses.

Suzanne Llewellyn, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor

Suzanne LlewellynSuzanne commenced her career at West Midlands CPS in 1991. In 2001 she transferred to West Mercia CPS where she introduced statutory charging. She qualified as a Higher Court Advocate in 2004 and undertook regular Advocacy at both the magistrates and Crown Courts. Since 2010, Suzanne has Thematic lead for the West Midlands Violence Against Women and has most recently rolled out Area Strategy to establish a centralised Specialist Public Protection Unit which serves the police forces in the West Midlands region. These Units work collaboratively with the police and voluntary sector victim support agencies to enhance victim and witness care. She has been involved in a rolling programme of training to criminal justice partners, and attends the Area's Violence Against Women Scrutiny Panels and numerous community forums. Suzanne has thematic lead for the Area's Crown Court and heads up a centralised team of 270 lawyers and caseworkers who deal with all the Crown Court prosecutions for West Midlands CPS.