The NCA Independent Reference Group provides advice for the NCA Board on novel or contentious issues which might present ethical, moral or reputational concerns that could affect trust and public confidence in the Agency.
The NCA Reference Group is made up of several experienced individuals who:
- Provide advice to the NCA Board on the development or review of NCA policies, raising any ethical, public confidence or reputational issues to the Board to ensure that the Agency’s values are fully reflected and public confidence is maintained
- Assist in promoting the overall culture, ethics and values of the NCA, influencing ethical changes to organisational policies if required
Guidance given by the group is non-binding and the group is not involved in operational decision making or respond to complaints or whistleblowers. Other mechanisms are already in place to fulfil these requirements.
Recruiting new members
Currently the Independent Reference Group comprises four independent members. We are now seeking to expand the number of members and is inviting expressions of interest from experienced individuals from across the UK with a diverse range of backgrounds who are able to share their experience and skills to aid balanced discussions.
Successful applicants will sit as individuals as opposed to representatives of groups or organisations, with a proposed membership tenure of three years. It is anticipated that members will commit to 10 days per year to facilitate the requirements of this Group.
External Group members will be paid the agreed Government day rate plus travel expenses for the days attended.
Those who are successful in being appointed to the Group will require DV vetting. This can be arranged by the NCA if not already held. Any appointment will be subject to the successful completion of vetting.