Decision details

PCC DN - Chair of the Programme Challenger Executive Board

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Programme Challenger Board is the executive function of the Programme Challenger partnership in Greater Manchester. Membership of the Challenger Board comprises senior managers from key partners from the public and third sectors. The Challenger Board scrutinises partnership progress against the implementation of the Greater Manchester Serious and Organised Crime strategy and provides strategic assistance to the Programme Challenger partnership in respect of delivery of the Challenger action plan.

The Board directs the activity of its working groups and monitors activity of other governance groups that report into the Board. Members commit to ensuring that the work of Challenger features on other strategic and executive partnership boards across Greater Manchester, including safeguarding boards and community safety partnerships across the ten districts.

In the last 6 months, the Board has undergone a review and one of the recommendations is to recruit a dedicated chair to drive its agenda. The current Chair has resigned due to a change of employment but was very vocal in advocating for an independent chair due to the work involved in making this role a success.

The role has now been advertised and expressions of interest requested by 19th May 2023.


The Programme Challenger Executive Board is seeking to recruit an independent chair.

It is proposed that the Chair will dedicate 12 days a year for a term of 2 years, at a cost of £850 per day.

Recruitment costs will be approximately £2000 for targeted advertising to maximise reach.

Total over the 2-year term = £20,400 plus VAT, plus £2,000 recruitment contingency.

Publication date: 22/05/2023

Date of decision: 18/05/2023