Our Senior Team
Gerry Wareham, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside
Gerry Wareham joined the CPS in London as a caseworker in 1986 and was called to the Bar in 1988. He worked as Branch Crown Prosecutor in 1996.
In November 2000 Gerry became head of one of the northern branches of the Casework Directorate in York, and managed a team responsible for the preparation of some of the most complex and sensitive cases within the CPS. Gerry was the lead CPS lawyer for the prosecution following the Selby train crash in 2001, in which ten people died.
Gerry became Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside before being appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East and the CPS out of hours charging service, CPSD.
Gerry returned to CPS Yorkshire and Humberside as Chief Crown Prosecutor in February 2017.
Barbara Petchey, Deputy CCP for North 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.