Congratulations to NBCPA member Lionel Idan who has been appointed as the new Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) of CPS London South, making him the first-ever African-Caribbean man in CPS history to hold the CCP post.
Lionel is currently a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands where he has overall responsibility for prosecuting the Area’s most complex and sensitive cases including rape and serious sexual offences. He is also the Area’s thematic lead for hate crime, modern slavery, gangs and serious violence.
Speaking of his appointment, Lionel Idan, said: “This is an incredibly proud moment for me and I am honoured to be the first African-Caribbean man in the history of the Crown Prosecution Service, to be appointed a Chief Crown Prosecutor. Having commenced my career in London and spent the last five years in the West Midlands, I have been very fortunate over the years to have met and worked with a diverse range of people from every background and race, who have all been an inspiration and without whom, my appointment would not have been possible. This is, therefore, the fulfilment of a dream, not just for me, but for a lot of people within and outside the CPS. We still have a long way to go, however, this appointment marks a watershed moment in the continuing journey of the CPS and one which I am deeply proud to be a part of.”
NBCPA chair, Grace Moronfolu, said: “The NBCPA is proud of Lionel’s achievements; he is an inspirational leader who will provide a fresh perspective for CPS London South. This appointment shows the significant progress the CPS has made concerning diversity and inclusion although there is still much work to be done.”
Grace Ononiwu CBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS West Midlands region, added: “This is a phenomenal achievement and a great example of what comes with hard work and dedication. Lionel is a truly impressive leader, with a track record of excellence. I am so very proud and excited about the great things I know he will go on to achieve.”