Our Senior Team
Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside
Martin 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. He became Chief Crown Prosecutor for Cleveland in 2004 before, in 2007, becoming head of 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 was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
Barbara Petchey, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for South Yorkshire and Humberside
Barbara graduated in law from Cambridge University in 1985 and joined the County Prosecuting Solicitors Department in West Yorkshire. When the CPS was set up in 1986, Barbara transferred into the Service as a Crown Prosecutor.
Two years later, Barbara left to work as a defence lawyer in a solicitors' practice, returning to the CPS after three years. A number of promotions followed with Barbara leading teams of prosecutors and caseworkers. In her last post in Leeds, she was responsible for a team of 163 staff and had overall responsibility for 40,000 cases a year.
In 2007 Barbara left West Yorkshire, moving to Humberside on promotion to Chief Crown Prosecutor. Barbara led the Humberside Area which is responsible for all criminal prosecutions throughout East Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and Hull. In April 2011 Barbara became Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside and in April 2014 moved to become Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for South Yorkshire and Humberside.
Barbara has two grown up children and enjoys a busy family life.
Andrew Penhale, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for North and West Yorkshire
Andrew Penhale took up his appointment as Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for West and North Yorkshire in January 2015.
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 an extensive track record of serious, complex and sensitive casework, Andrew was appointed Unit Head for the Organised Crime Division in 2007, handling a wide range of cases such as those involving drug-trafficking, money-laundering, cyber-crime and people-trafficking, before being appointed as one of the Deputies in what is now the Specialist Fraud Division in 2011. Here he was responsible for complex fraud and tax evasion cases as well as leading 250 staff based in six offices in England and Wales.
Andrew is based in our Leeds office and has overall responsibility for all our casework across West and North Yorkshire. He is also Area lead on Violence against Women, Hate Crime, Victims and Witnesses and the digitalisation of CPS systems within the Area. At a national level Andrew is the CPS Freedom of Information champion.