Non-executive board member

Shirley Cooper


Shirley joined the Ministry of Justice as a Non-Executive Board Member on 4 June 2018. and was reappointed in 2021 for a further 1 year until 3 June 2022.

Shirley is a business leader and entrepreneur. She is an experienced chair, board advisor, executive and non-executive director, both in the private and third sector and trustee.

She is a commercial and finance director and co-founded multi-award-winning specialist law firm, Tapestry Compliance in 2011 transferring ownership of the firm to a Trust on behalf of the employees in 2020 and stepped away from the business January 2021.

Shirley was Group Procurement Director of Impellam plc and previously Procurement and Supply Chain Director of Computacenter. Before joining Computacenter Shirley held senior financial positions at Yorkshire Water, Leeds Hospitals and Allied Domecq.

Shirley is also Trustee of several Charities and non-profit organisations:

  • Chair of International Women’s Forum
  • Trustee and Treasurer UNWomen UK
  • Vice Chair Civil Society Women’s UK Alliance
  • Co-Founder and Chair Blueprint Club (for senior women in Procurement)

Shirley has held numerous Non-Executive positions, including an appointment by the Lord Chancellor as a General Commissioner of Income Tax where she served for 15 years. A past Chair and President of the Global Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and the first Chair of CIPS Fellows. Former Chair of UCSA and former Executive Director 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

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