Applications open for new HMCPSI Chief Inspector

Recruitment for new Chief Inspector of HMCPSI launched

Applications for the next Chief Inspector of His Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) have opened today the Attorney General has announced.

Andrew Cayley CMG KC stepped down from the post and Anthony Rogers was appointed interim HM Chief Inspector by the Attorney General.

Attorney General Victoria Prentis KC MP said:

"This role is crucial in driving forward improvements across the criminal justice system and strengthening public trust. The next Chief Inspector will lead HMCPSI at a fascinating time, working with a highly skilled and dedicated team delivering a comprehensive and high-quality inspection programme.

"We welcome applications from anyone with the skills, motivation, and experience to drive forward the inspectorate and seize the challenges this role provides."

HMCPSI has a statutory duty to inspect the operations of the CPS and SFO and may inspect other public sector prosecutors by invitation.

The role is for a fixed-term and the Chief Inspector is appointed by the Attorney General. The Chief Inspector is a public appointment and the appointment will be made in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments. The Chief Inspector acts independently of government.

The operational relationship between the Attorney General and the Chief Inspector is set out in a protocol agreed between the Law Officers (the Attorney General and Solicitor General) and the Chief Inspector.

Alongside the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Government Legal Department (GLD), and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HMCPSI is one of four public bodies sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).


The Attorney General’s Office has commissioned executive search specialists GatenbySanderson to assist with the recruitment process. GatenbySanderson were appointed via direct award under Crown Commercial Service Framework RM6290.

The permanent Chief Inspector role is a public appointment which will be made through a fair and open assessment process conducted in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments. 

Andrew Cayley served as Chief Inspector for three years before joining the International Criminal Court in The Hague as a Principal Trial Lawyer. Anthony Rogers commenced his interim appointment on 27 February 2024.

For further information about the role or application process visit Civil Service Jobs.

From: Attorney General's Office and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate