Area wins national awards


West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) collected three prestigious awards at this year’s National Staff Awards which were hosted in London on Wednesday 10 October 2012.

Over 700 entries were received from across the 14 CPS Areas in England and Wales for the 10 categories.

The Area picked up the awards in the categories Outstanding Leadership, Innovator of the Year and Effective Working with Criminal Justice Partners. They were also shortlisted for three further awards for Outstanding contribution to promote the fairness and equality, Significant improvement on efficiency and 'Digital' employee of the year.

Harry Ireland, Chief Crown Prosecutor for West Midlands CPS, said: "We are all very proud of the achievements of all six entries in this years CPS National Awards as it clearly demonstrates the hard work and commitment which our members of staff have achieved over the last 12 months.

"Their work has not only been recognised locally at the West Midlands Area Staff Awards, but also nationally by their peers.

2The Area would like to congratulate the winners as well as those who made the shortlist. All nominees presented an example of great public service and initiative."

The winners were -

Outstanding Leadership - James Jenkins and Martin Lindop

Martin LindopJames and Martin oversaw the merger of two large Crown Court units. They undertook a complete review of processes and systems and produced a standard operation process. They produced desk top instructions for all legal staff. They continue to hold regular meetings with staff and are receptive to staff suggestions for improvements and accept criticism where justified. Pictured above is Martin Lindop (centre) collected the award from Kier Starmer, QC, Director of Public Prosecution and Peter Lewis, Chief Executive.


Effective working with CJS West Midlands CPS 2011 Disorder Unit

Birmingham Disorder Unit During August last year, parts of the West Midlands were subjected to outbursts of disorder. Reacting to events quickly, a team of lawyers were set up - some taking the lead for charging decisions and others dealing with cases in court and working with CJS partners to ensure that cases could be handled alongside the existing casework. Collecting their award from the Director and the Chief Executive are Kerry Moreton, Julie Voong, Claire Lewis and James Francis.


Innovator of the Year West Midlands CPS Clerking and Fees Unit

West Midlands Clerking Unit This Unit have ensured that Crown Advocacy savings have increased year on year. Almost 100 percent of Plea and Case Management Hearing cases are dealt with by in-house Advocates and cases are allocated, not only to realise savings, but to develop the Advocates professionally, in conjunction with the Advocate Managers. Collecting their award from the Director and the Chief Executive are Tom Morris, Kash Kooner and Martyn Jeffrey.


Outstanding contribution to promotion of Fairness and Equality Parveen Hassan

Parveen is a strong advocate and a leading champion on community engagement and securing public confidence by engaging with the most vulnerable in society. She is recognised in the community for her work and successes in supporting black and ethnic minority women who have encountered domestic violence.

Significant Improvement on Efficiency Hannah Sidaway

Hannah took a leading role in engaging with other agencies about the operation of the Crown Court Early Guilty Plea scheme. Her positive and sensible attitude to the scheme has gained the trust and respect of the Recorder of Birmingham, who has made positive comments about the way in which she is operating the scheme.

Digital Employee of the Year Bindi Athwal

Bindi has been the cornerstone of training lawyers, Associate Prosecutors and Admin staff in respect of digital presentation and digital OBM case preparation. This has included drawing up guidance, preparing desktop instructions and developing workarounds to IT issues. She has motivated those members of staff who were apprehensive or reluctant to embrace new systems and processes.