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Chief Inspector of
Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland.
As Chief Inspector, Brendan is head of the organisation, and has responsibility for ensuring the Inspectorate carries out a programme of inspection among the criminal justice agencies within its legislative remit.
Brendan also has responsibility to report the findings of the Inspectorate’s work to Northern Ireland’s Minister of Justice and to ensure CJI’s reports are laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Brendan was appointed to the pivotal role of Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland on 30 November 2012. He believes that the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland can become even more effective and efficient when the criminal justice agencies work in partnership with each other and the vibrant voluntary and community sector organisations. During his tenure Brendan will ensure that CJI works with both the Department of Justice and the criminal justice agencies to secure the improvements identified through the inspection programme.
Brendan holds an MA in Police and Criminal Justice Studies, a Bramshill Fellowship, and prior to leaving his last role in policing, he completed a Strategic Command Course for senior officers. Brendan spent 34 years in policing and was a strong advocate of police reform engaging in the delivery of both the spirit and letter of the reform programme. He retired from the PSNI in 2004 having achieved the rank of Chief Superintendent, and subsequently joined CJI as Deputy Chief Inspector where he also performed the roles of CJI’s Chief Executive Accounting Officer and Accounting Officer for eight years.
During that time Brendan was pivotal in the development of an inspection agenda designed to support the reform and change envisioned in the Criminal Justice Review. He was involved in the selection and recruitment of all staff within CJI and has helped develop and embed a culture of innovation and creativity within the organisation, while seeking to strengthen the quality and integrity of inspection reports.
Brendan is married with three
is currently the
Deputy Chief Inspector
of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland.
He joined CJI as an Inspector in October 2004. James previously worked for PA Consulting Group as a senior consultant in the public sector practice where he was responsible for a number of criminal justice projects. He previously worked as an international consultant on European Commission assignments and was a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast.
He is also the Accounting Officer for Criminal Justice Inspection and as such must control the budget and monitor expenditure to ensure efficient and effective use of allocated resources.
James also holds the post of Chief Executive with CJI and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation. James has led a number of thematic inspections for CJI including two separate reports and a follow-up review on reducing avoidable delay across the justice system. He has also been responsible for a series of efficiency inspections focused on improving procurement, making better use of consultants and the use of legal services by the justice bodies. James has conducted a number of inspections on different aspects of policing as well as undertaking agency inspections on Forensic Science Northern Ireland and the State Pathology Department.
James holds an MA in Political Science and a BA in History and Politics both from the National University of Ireland (University College, Dublin).
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