Non-executive board member

Shirley Cooper

Shirley Cooper

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Biography

Shirley joined the Ministry of Justice as a Non-Executive Board Member on 4 June 2018.

She is a business leader with extensive financial, commercial and operational experience gained in a variety of organisations. Shirley is the Commercial and Finance Director for Tapestry Compliance, an award winning global boutique law firm specialising in global HR. She recently stepped down as Group Procurement Director of Impellam Group and continues as Director of Client Development at Lorien Resourcing a specialist IT recruitment consultancy.

Previously, Shirley was the Procurement and Supply Chain Director of Computacenter plc. Before joining Computacenter Shirley held a number of senior financial positions at Yorkshire Water, Leeds Hospitals and Allied Domecq.

During her career Shirley has held numerous non-executive positions, including her appointment by the Lord Chancellor as a General Commissioner of Income Tax where she served for 15 years. She has also been finance director for Opp2K, and auditor for many charities. Recently, Shirley was invited to join the Board of Management and Council for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and went on to become the Global Chairman and President of the Board of Trustees. She is the first Chairman of CIPS Fellows, and the first person to be given a lifetime achievement award for her services to the profession.

Shirley devotes a great deal of her time supporting, and advising organisations, with a remit to care for womens’ economic empowerment and education. She is a board member and Treasurer of UNWomen NC UK and is Co-founder and President of Blueprint Club, with 250 members, supporting senior women in procurement and Chairman of Hertfordshire University JV. She has recently completed her term in office for International Women’s Forum and WE Connect International.

Non-executive board member

Our Non-executives are senior figures from outside the department who bring a diverse mix of expertise and skills from across the public and private sector. They all:

  • give guidance and advice to MOJ leaders and ministers
  • support and challenge management on the department’s strategic direction
  • provide support in monitoring and reviewing progress