Press release

New disclosure and barring service board members announced

New board members to oversee a streamlined criminal records checking, referral and barring organisation have been announced.

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The ten members of the disclosure and barring service (DBS) board are responsible for strategic leadership of the organisation.

Appointed by the home secretary, the board is made up of seven non-executive members who have corporate experience and safeguarding expertise, and three executive members, who are senior managers within the DBS.

Lord Taylor of Holbeach, minister for criminal information, said:

‘I am delighted to announce the appointment of these ten members, who all have a wealth of experience in safeguarding and management.

‘The DBS has a pivotal role to play in protecting vulnerable groups in our communities whilst also making the disclosure and barring process simpler for individuals and organisations who work with these groups.

‘I am confident these board members will bring their extensive skills and experience to bear in making the DBS a highly effective and successful organisation.’

The new board members will join the DBS chair Bill Griffiths, who was appointed as DBS chair (designate) in June 2012. They are:

  • Bernard Herdan (non-executive member)
  • Mehmuda Mian (non-executive member)
  • Donald Findlater (non-executive member)
  • Caroline Tapster (non-executive member)
  • David Clarke (non-executive member)
  • Tom Davies (Welsh representative)
  • Richard Black (Northern Ireland representative)
  • Adrienne Kelbie (executive member and CEO of the DBS)
  • Adele Downey (executive member and DBS Director for corporate services)
  • Sue Quigley (executive member and DBS director for operations (disclosure)

The Welsh and Northern Ireland governments have each nominated a representative non-executive member to represent their interests.

Notes to editors

1. The disclosure and barring service went live on December 1, 2012 following the merger of the criminal records bureau (CRB) and independent safeguarding authority (ISA). As a non-departmental public body, the DBS ensures that barring decisions continue to be taken independently of ministers and oversees criminal records checking.

2. The DBS board is responsible for establishing and taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of the DBS. It oversees the performance of the DBS and ensures that statutory duties in relation to disclosure and barring decisions are carried out.

3. Non-executive members are appointed to the board for three years, except interim members, who are appointed for a year. The chair of the board is appointed for five years and executive members on a rolling yearly term. The chair of the DBS, Bill Griffiths, will run board meetings.

4. Non-executive board members receive an annual remuneration of between £12,000 and £20,000, based on 20 and 24 days work per annum respectively. Executive board members receive no additional remuneration.

5. The recruitment process was carried out in line with the office of the commissioner for public appointments (OCPA) guiding principles, which can be viewed at

6. For press queries, please contact the home office press office on 020 7035 3535.

Published 14 December 2012