Senior Management Team

Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Wessex

Jo Jakymec, Chief Crown ProsecutorWelcome to the CPS Wessex website.
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Joanne qualified as a barrister in 1998 and joined HM Customs and Excise Solicitors Office two years later. Prior to the merger of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2010, Joanne worked as a Senior Prosecutor and Team Leader in the RCPO Serious Organised Crime Division.

In 2011, Joanne was appointed Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor and Head of Organised Crime in the CPS. She was responsible for the prosecution of serious organised crime investigated by the National Crime Agency and other law enforcement partners in England and Wales.

Joanne led the implementation of the national CPS Proceeds of Crime Unit in 2013, establishing a team responsible for all CPS restraint and enforcement proceedings, and for our most complex confiscation proceedings.

Joanne has also worked in CPS London as a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, leading on disclosure, advocacy and the prosecution of Crown Court cases.

In June 2017, Joanne became the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex.

Nicola Hayward, Deputy Chief Crown ProsecutorNicola Haywood, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor

Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and worked as a criminal defence advocate in Bristol before joining CPS Bristol in 2001. Nicola became a Higher Court Advocate in 2004, prosecuting cases across the South West, and then joined the Complex Casework Unit in Bristol.

In 2008, Nicola became a District Crown Prosecutor in CPS Wiltshire, managing both the Magistrates Team and the Crown Court Team during her time in Wiltshire. When Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset merged to create CPS Wessex, Nicola was responsible for leading the first cross county Crown Court Unit, managing prosecutors based in multiple sites.

By November 2013, Nicola was promoted to Head of the Complex Casework Unit in CPS South West, prosecuting the most serious and complex cases in the area. In August of the following year, Nicola was temporarily promoted to Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in CPS South West, with specific responsibility for the Crown Court Units across the area.

Nicola returned to CPS Wessex in June 2017 as temporary Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor. 

DEnise Meldrum, ABMDenise Meldrum, Area Business Manager

Denise has worked for the CPS since October 1986. She started her career as an Administrator covering magistrates' court work. She has had a varied career, working as a Paralegal Officer, Branch Office Manager, plus other roles.

She spent 18 months in private practice before coming back to the CPS as Area Business Manager for Hampshire and Isle of Wight in 2002.

On 1 April 2011 Denise became Area Business Manager for Wessex.


Tim Cole, SDCP, Magistrates' Court UnitTim Cole, Senior District Crown Prosecutor, Magistrates' Court Unit 

Tim Cole has been in the CPS since 2001, starting as a senior crown prosecutor in Portsmouth.  He became the magistrates' court unit manager in 2004 and SDCP in 2006.  He is the Area legal lead on magistrates court streamline process and digital working.  He was the first person to prosecute a magistrates court trial from a tablet in December 2010.

Since November 2013 Tim has the overall responsibility for all magistrates' court units in CPS Wessex.


John Montague, SDCP, Crown Court UnitJohn Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor, Crown Court Unit

John Montague joined the CPS in 2004 after 11 years in private practice. He became a Crown Advocate in 2006 and regularly appeared at the Crown Court whilst working for CPS Dorset. He has managed a Magistrates Court unit in Southampton and a Crown Court team in Dorset.

He became a Senior District Crown Prosecutor in North Hampshire and in 2011 became Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wiltshire. This position was absorbed in the re structure after a year in post. He went on to manage specialist units across CPS Wessex, forming and developing a Wessex RASSO unit. He developed a central advocacy unit made charging more productive and effective across Wessex.

John has the overall responsibility for all Crown Court units and the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) units in Wessex.