CPS appoints solicitor as chief executive

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A solicitor who played a key role in turning round The Co-operative Group is to take charge of the Crown Prosecution Service, it was announced this morning.

Nick Folland, former chief external affairs officer at The Co-operative Group, has been appointed chief executive. He takes over from Peter Lewis, who is retiring, next month.

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Folland was an executive board member, general counsel, company secretary and corporate affairs director at retail giant Kingfisher Plc between 2007 and 2013.

The CPS’s announcement states that he joined The Co-operative Group as chief of staff to the chief executive in 2013, ‘where he was part of the team brought in to rescue the bank and reform the Co-op’.

He was later promoted to chief external affairs officer at the group.

In March 2014, the organisation announced that he was adding responsibility for all aspects of membership and social goals to his existing responsibilities for internal and external communications as part of changes to the executive management team, designed to ‘start the important work of revitalising the organisation’.

The CPS’s announcement states that Folland is a member of the Halley Project Board of the British Antarctic Survey and a member of the Natural Environment Research Council.

He is also an ‘accomplished triathlon competitor’ in his spare time.

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  • Fantatsic appointment!

    The discredited organisation that gave us the Rev Flowers, and the wondrous Coop Legal Services, now gives us the head of the prosecuting authority for England and Wales.

    You really couldn't make it up...

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  • And just for good measure I guess we can also probably assume that he is a tax specialist has never clapped eyes on a criminal in his life! Just the right sort of guy for the job!


    LB

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  • The CPS needs an accomplished triathlon competitor like a fish needs ..... (with apologies to feminist readers)..

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  • Yes he has, LB, he has worked with the Rev. Flowers...

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  • Ok Mr Crawford - just the 1 criminal then!


    LB

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  • yet another example of the State's love of Big Corporate when what the CPS needs is more admin staff and more Prosecutors so cases are prepared fully, timeously and accurately and served in accordance with the criminal procedure rules.

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  • He's the chief executive - he will be looking at finance and procurement matters, he's not going to be reviewing shoplifting files for Mags Courts! It's a role on the board, which they have to have, like any NHS authority or public body and will be a distinct budget from local frontline staffing budgets.

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  • I know that but maybe some knowledge of - 'reviewing shoplifting files for Mags Courts' - would actually have been useful experience too for this job!

    LB

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  • But LB, that's the job of the DPP - she's in charge of making sure that the CPS is properly performing its role as the prosecuting authority. The Chief Exec is there to keep the lights on.

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