The NBCPA is pleased to have been a part of the Anthony Walker Pathways initiative relaunch on 8 November 2021. The CPS launched the initiative with the Anthony Walker Foundation, The NBCPA, Liverpool John Moores University, and Salford University to support ethnic minority students to become prosecutors.
The speakers included CPS Chief Executive Rebecca Lawrence, Anthony Walker’s mother Dr Gee Walker and sister Dominique Walker, CPS Director of Legal Services Grace Ononiwu CBE, NBCPA chair Grace Moronfolu MBE and NBCPA executive committee member Nathan Miebai, the first recipient of the original scholarship scheme.
The CPS launched the original scholarship scheme in 2008 in memory of Anthony Walker who was murdered in a racially motivated attack in July 2005 in Merseyside. Anthony, 18, was in the second year of his A-levels when he was killed, and he had planned to study law at university.
Nathan Miebai, a Senior District Crown Prosecutor, said: “I am truly am honoured to be the first recipient of the Anthony Walker Scholarship and delighted that this initiative is being relaunched 13 years after its initial inception.
“It is extremely important that the CPS is representative of the communities that we serve and this scheme will provide an opportunity for talented individuals to build on their skills and experience.
“I am proud that I now have an opportunity to be very closely involved with the new scheme that has been extended to give other the opportunities that I have had.”
The initiative is currently being piloted in CPS Mersey-Cheshire and CPS North West, with the goal of increasing the number of people from underrepresented and Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds joining the CPS.
NBCPA chair Grace Moronfolu MBE said: “The NBCPA was pleased to help in relaunching the Anthony Walker Scheme, which was initiated over a decade ago by Grace Ononiwu CBE. The youth in our communities are the future of the criminal justice system. I was encouraged by how many of them expressed an interest in working in the justice system. The scholarship will assist us in accomplishing this aim and increasing the CPS’s representation of the communities we serve.”
Grace Ononiwu CBE, Director of Legal Services at the CPS, added: “You do not have to be white and wealthy to become a lawyer. The CPS and the wider criminal justice system need people of all backgrounds to have access to a career in law so that it is truly representative of the people we seek to achieve justice for.
“I am so very proud that we continue to honour Anthony Walker in this way, a young Black man who had a great future ahead of him was prevented from studying law. By helping to inspire and support other people of minority backgrounds in his name into the sector and the CPS will continue to be a fitting tribute.”