Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council, as the relevant authorities, have appointed Christopher Wilkinson as the senior coroner for the Central Hampshire, Southampton and the New Forest, North East Hampshire and Portsmouth and South East Hampshire coroner areas.
A consultation to merge these four areas is underway. Subject to the outcome of the consultation and parliamentary approval of any merger, Chris Wilkinson will become the senior coroner for the newly merged area.
His appointment was made following an open competition and consent of the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor. Chris will take up his new post on 4 November 2019.
The Chief Coroner wishes Chris every success in his new post.