Ex-chief constable to chair Chichester diocese safeguarding panel

Martin Richards
Martin Richards
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THE RECENTLY-RETIRED chief constable of Sussex Police Martin Richards has taken on a new role working for the Diocese of Chichester.

The diocese announced Mr Richards had been appointed as the new independent chairman of its safeguarding advisory panel.

The £500-per-day-job, which was advertised as a maximum of 18 days work per year, revolves around ‘objective, independent scrutiny, test, and challenge of the safeguarding practice of the Diocese of Chichester’.

Mr Richards stepped down from his role with the police earlier this year, to be replaced by his deputy chief constable Giles York.

Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner said: “I am delighted to welcome Martin Richards as he takes over the helm of advisory panel from Keith Akerman, who stepped down from his post as chair earlier this year.

“This will cement the partnership that we have been building with statutory agencies and other voluntary associations committed to the safety of vulnerable people and the wellbeing of everyone as a fundamental characteristic of society.”

In recent weeks the diocese advertised for a ‘committed and enthusiastic individual with good leadership skills’ to take on the role and chair the panel.

A letter from Dr Warner on the job application said: “The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is at the forefront of our mission as a diocese.

“The post of independent chair of our safeguarding advisory panel is a crucial part of the improved structure we are putting in place to ensure the continued progress the diocese has made recently regarding safeguarding.”