The National Black Crown Prosecution Association (NBCPA) recognises and celebrates their outgoing chair Grace Moronfolu MBE (Her/She)
Grace is the 7th chair in the networks 20 year history and has made an outstanding contribution during the course of her tenure.
The NBCPA stated ‘Grace embodies the associations mission to Challenge, Educate and Change and has tirelessly advocated for equality, diversity and inclusion both within the Crown Prosecution Service and the wider criminal justice system.
She has strengthened our communities ties through her work with Urban Synergy Mentoring and the Anthony Walker Foundation and has created events, programmes and initiatives which have helped develop, educate and inform not only our membership but colleagues from across the wider civil service through her partnership working with the Criminal Justice Network Race Alliance.
Grace has been a powerful force of change and we are grateful for her leadership over the course of the last three years.
We will miss you Grace’.
“Grace joined the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] as an administrative officer in 1988, soon after it came into existence in 1985. The 1990s was a challenging time for race relations in the UK. “It felt like there was little social or criminal justice for Black African Caribbean or Asian communities”.
“My personal experiences working for the CPS at that time were not particularly positive. During that period, I experienced a lot of negative behaviours from managers and colleagues, which I was unable to articulate as ‘racism’ at the time; it was just ‘the way things were’. As a Black woman and primary caregiver I was excluded in more ways than one.
“The Equality Act came into law in 2000, and in light of the new statutory obligations and the issues raised previously, the CPS invited Sylvia Denman QC OBE to investigate race equality in the service. Her report found that the CPS was institutionally racist and that this had wide ranging impacts on both the treatment of staff and the approach to criminal casework.
“To the CPS’s credit, senior leaders responded swiftly and in less than three years went beyond the recommendations of the report. For example, the Denman review brought to light the mistreatment of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic staff across the service. The senior team at the time said they weren’t aware this was happening so the report recommended that the CPS establish a network for these staff to give them direct access to key decision makers. In 2001, the National Black Crown Prosecution Association (NBCPA), the first CPS staff network, was born.
“In 2020, the NBCPA is now one of eight CPS staff networks—covering a broad span of interests including race, religion, disability, and most recently social mobility. . . we not only look to promote equality and diversity within the CPS but also more broadly in the criminal justice system. We act as a critical friend to the CPS. We work closely with the HR team to develop programmes and training events to support the progression and development of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic staff and to educate all CPS staff about the realities of structural racism and intersectionality in the UK today.”
Extract from Conversations 24.1 with Grace Moronfolu MBE, Chair of the National Black Crown Prosecution Association (NBCPA).