The Appointment of Senior Coroners

Following the introduction of the reforms in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 all coroner appointments are now made by the relevant Local Authority in charge of the coroner area for which the senior coroner has responsibility.

Where a senior coroner vacancy arises the relevant local authority must appoint a new senior coroner under section 23 paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 3 of the 2009 Act.

Once a candidate is proposed for appointment the formal written consent of the Chief Coroner and, separately, the Lord Chancellor, must be obtained.

The following is a list of all senior coroner appointments made since 2013:

Date of Appointment Name Type of appointment Jurisdiction
30/04/2013 Mary Hassell Senior Coroner Inner North London
10/06/2013 Alan Wilson Senior Coroner Blackpool and Flyde
04/07/2013 Jacqueline Lake Senior Coroner Norfolk
10/07/2013 Chinyere Inyama Senior Coroner West London
19/07/2013 Tom Osborne Senior Coroner Bedfordshire and Luton
25/09/2013 Louise Hunt Senior Coroner Birmingham and Solihull
16/10/2013 Nadia Persaud Senior Coroner East London
26/02/2014 Selena Lynch Senior Coroner South London
12/03/2014 Katie Skerrett Senior Coroner Gloucestershire
03/06/2014 Zafar Siddique Senior Coroner Black Country
30/09/2014 Martin Fleming Senior Coroner West Yorkshire (West)
01/11/2015 Geoffrey Sullivan Senior Coroner Hertfordshire
01/04/ 2016 Crispin Butler Senior Coroner Buckinghamshire
01/06/2016 Andrew Barkley Senior Coroner South Wales Central
12/10/2016 Alison Hewitt Senior Coroner City of London
22/11/2016 Clare Bailey Senior Coroner Teesside
February 2017 Rachael Griffin Senior Coroner Dorset
February 2017 Alison Mutch OBE Senior Coroner Manchester South
March 2017 Alan Moore Senior Coroner Cheshire
Spring 2017 Joanne Kearsley Senior Coroner Manchester North

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