Every Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is required by law to appoint a Chief Finance Officer. Jill Penn has held that post in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN) since May 2019.
Jill’s responsibilities as Chief Finance Officer include providing high-quality financial advice, information and guidance to the PCC so that good decisions can be taken, ensuring the PCC's policies and plans are adequately resourced and financial management arrangements across the Force and the OPCCN are fit for purpose. She also works on cross-cutting areas, including liaison with the Home Office on matters locally and attendance at forums nationally. As a senior post holder Jill’s salary is disclosable and this currently stands at £75,000 (Pro-rata).
Jill has extensive general management experience in a number of sectors and works collaboratively with different sectors in her current role. Jill is a qualified accountant with experience in both local government (county and district councils) and the voluntary sector. Previously she was the Head of Finance and Revenue Services at Broadland District Council and a member of the Corporate Management Team. Jill uses her leadership experience in mentoring senior professionals and delivering change within an organisation and externally in an ever-shifting public sector landscape. She is an advocate of lifelong learning.
Key competencies include the development of positive relationships, operating in complex political and third-sector organisations, implementing change management, excellent communications skills and an ability to apply a whole of system approach to achieve efficient, value for money services.
Jill was President of the Society of District Council Treasurers until May 2019 and is now an active member of the Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers' Society.
Jill is a keen Nordic walker, world traveller and sports fan.