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Coroners: appointments and how to contact their offices

All coroner appointments are made by the relevant local authority, normally following a fair and open competition campaign. The Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor must give their consent to each proposed appointment.

The Chief Coroner is kept fully informed by the local authorities during the appointment process. His involvement includes approving the advert beforehand, giving feedback on the applications and advising on technical questions, before making the final decision on the proposed appointee.

For area and senior coroner interviews, the Chief Coroner or one of his nominees normally attends the interviews. This is to ensure the process is fair and open. The Chief Coroner’s nominee does not have a ‘vote’ in the choice of candidate but reports back to him and the Lord Chancellor on the interview process.

For more information about the appointment process, please refer to the Chief Coroner’s Guidance 6: Appointments.

More information

There were 104 assistant coroner appointments in the last year across England and Wales (April 2018-April 2019). Some coroners can have more than one concurrent jurisdiction.

There has been a rise in the number of area coroners appointed – eight in the past year, both full and part time positions. There have been five senior coroner appointments in the last 12 months (April 2018-April 2019).

Who’s who?

The following is a list of all senior coroner appointments:

Coroner area Senior coroner or acting senior coroner Base address and contact details
Avon Maria Voisin Coroner’s Office, 37 Old Weston Road, Bristol BS48 1UL
01275 461920
Bedfordshire and Luton Emma Whitting The Court House, Woburn Street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire MK45 2HX
0300 300 8383
Berkshire Heidi Connor Coroner’s Office, Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
0118 937 2300
Birmingham and Solihull Louise Hunt Coroner’s Court, 50 Newton Street, Birmingham B4 6NE
0121 303 3228
Black Country Zafar Siddique The Coroner’s Court, Jack Judge House, Halesowen Street, Oldbury B69 2AJ
0121 569 7200
Blackpool and Fylde Alan Wilson HM Coroner Blackpool and Fylde,
PO Box 1066, Blackpool FY1 1GB
01253 477128
Brighton and Hove Veronica Hamilton-Deeley The Coroner’s Office, Woodvale, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 3QB
01273 292046
Buckinghamshire Crispin Butler Coroner’s Service, 29 Windsor End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JJ
01494 475505
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough David Heming Coroner’s Service, Lawrence Court, Princes Street, Huntingdon PE29 3PA
0345 045 1364
Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire Mark Layton Coroner’s Office, North Wing, County Hall, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA61 1TP
01437 775001
Central and South East Kent Patricia Harding  (acting senior coroner) Coroner Service Team, Cantium House, Sandling Road, Maidstone ME14 1XD
03000 410503
Ceredigion Peter Brunton HM Senior Coroner, 6 Upper Portland Street, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2DU
01970 612567
Cheshire Alan Moore The West Annexe, Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1UH
01606 363892
City of London Alison Hewitt City of London Coroner’s Court, 4th Floor, Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH
020 7332 1598
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Andrew Cox (acting senior coroner) Cornwall Coroner’s Service, The New Lodge, Newquay Road, Penmount, Truro TR4 9AA
01872 324438
County Durham and Darlington Jeremy Chipperfield HM Coroner’s Office, PO Box 282, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham DL14 4FY
03000 265556
Coventry Sean McGovern Coroner’s Service, Cheylesmore Manor House, Manor House Drive, Coventry CV1 2ND
024 7697 5509
Cumbria Kally Cheema HM Coroner’s Office, Fairfield, Station Road, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9PT
0300 303 3180
Derby and Derbyshire Robert Hunter HM Coroner, St Katherine’s House, St Mary’s Wharf, Mansfield Road, Derby DE1 3TQ
01629 535047
Dorset Rachael Griffin Coroner’s Office for the County of Dorset, Town Hall, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY
01202 123900
East London Nadia Persaud The Coroner’s Court, Queens Road, Walthamstow E17 8QP
020 8496 5000
East Riding and Hull Paul Marks Coroner’s Service, The Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull HU1 2AA
East Sussex Alan Craze Coroner’s Office (East Sussex), Unit 56, Innovation Centre, Highfield Drive, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 9UH 01424 723030
Essex and Thurrock Lincoln Brookes Essex and Thurrock Coroner’s Service, Essex County Council, County Hall, Chelmsford CM1 1QH
0333 0135 000
Exeter and Greater Devon Philip Spinney Exeter and Devon Coroner’s Service, Room 226, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4QD
01392 383636
Gateshead and South Tyneside Terence Carney Coroner’s Service, 35 Station Rd, Hebburn NE31 1LA
0191 483 8771
Gloucestershire Katy Skerrett Gloucester Coroner’s Court, Corinium Avenue, Gloucester GL4 3DG
01452 305661
Gwent Caroline Saunders Gwent Coroner Service, The Mansion House, 4 Stow Park Circle, Newport, South Wales, NP20 4HE
01633 414600
Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton Chris Wilkinson Central, North-East and Southampton & New Forest, The Castle, Winchester SO23 8UL
01962 667884
Herefordshire Mark Bricknell Coroner’s Office, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PJ
01432 261813
Hertfordshire Geoffrey Sullivan Hertfordshire Coroner Service, The Old Courthouse, St Albans Road East, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 0ES
01707 292707
Inner North London Mary Hassell Poplar Coroner’s Court (deaths in Hackney or Tower Hamlets), 127 Poplar High Street, London E14 0AE
020 7538 1201 Pancras Coroner’s Court (deaths in Camden or Islington), Camley Street, London N1C 4PP
020 7974 4545
Inner South London Andrew Harris Southwark Coroner’s Court, 1 Tennis Street, London, SE1 1YD
0207 525 4200
Inner West London Fiona Wilcox Westminster Coroner’s Court, 65 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2ED
020 7641 1212
Isle of Wight Caroline Sumeray Isle of Wight Coroner’s Service, Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2QS
01983 823010
Lancashire with Blackburn and Darwen James Adeley Coroner’s Court, 2 Faraday Court, Faraday Drive, Preston, Lancashire PR2 9NB
01772 536536
Leicester and South Leicestershire Catherine Mason The Coroner’s Court, Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 9BG
0116 4541031
Lincolnshire Paul Smith (acting senior coroner) HM Coroner’s Service, The Myle Cross Centre, 92 Macaulay Drive, Lincoln LN2 4EL
01522 552500
Liverpool and Wirral André Rebello Liverpool and the Wirral Coroner’s Service, Gerard Majella Courthouse, Boundary Street, Liverpool L5 2QD
0151 233
Manchester City Nigel Meadows Manchester City Coroner’s Office and Court, Exchange Floor, The Royal Exchange Building, Cross Street, Manchester M2 7EF
0161 219 2222
Manchester North Joanne Kearsley Coroner’s Service, Phoenix Centre, L/Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way (formerly Church Street), Heywood OL10 1LR,
01706 924815
Manchester South Alison Mutch Coroner’s Court, 1 Mount Tabor Street, Stockport SK1 3AG
0161 474 3993
Manchester West Timothy Brennand Coroner’s Office, Greater Manchester West, First Floor, Paderborn House, Howell Croft North, Bolton BL1 1QY
01204 338799
Mid Kent and Medway Patricia Harding Coroner Service Team, Cantium House, Sandling Road, Maidstone ME14 1XD
03000 410503
Milton Keynes Thomas Osborne The Coroner’s Office, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ
01908 254327
Newcastle Upon Tyne Karen Dilks Lord Mayor’s Suite, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH
0191 277 7280
Norfolk Jacqueline Lake Norfolk Coroner’s Service, Carrow House, 301 King Street, Norwich NR1 2TN
01603 774773
North East Kent Patricia Harding (acting senior coroner) Coroner Service Team, Cantium House, Sandling Road, Maidstone ME14 1XD
03000 410503
North Lincolnshire and Grimsby Mark Kendall (acting senior coroner) Coroner’s Office, Cleethorpes Town Hall, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes DN35 8LN
01472 324005
North London Andrew Walker Barnet Coroner’s Court, 29 Wood Street, Barnet EN5 4BE
020 8447 7680
North Northumberland Andrew Hetherington Coroner’s Service, 17 Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, North Northumberland TD15 1EE
01289 304318
North Tyneside Karen Dilks (acting senior coroner) Lord Mayor’s Suite, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH
0191 277 7280
North Wales (East and Central) John Gittins HM Coroner’s Office, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin LL15 1YN
01824 708 047
North West Kent Roger Hatch Coroner Service Team, Cantium House, Sandling Road, Maidstone ME14 1XD
03000 41 05 02
North West Wales Katie Sutherland (acting senior coroner) HM Coroner’s Office, Shirehall Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1SH
01286 672804
North Yorkshire (Eastern) Jonathan Heath Coroner’s Service, Library Headquarters, 21 Grammar School Lane, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1DF
North Yorkshire (Western) Jonathan Heath Coroner’s Service, Library Headquarters, 21 Grammar School Lane, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1DF
Northamptonshire Anne Pember HM Coroner for the County of Northamptonshire, Constabulary Block, Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED
03000 111 222
Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Máirín Casey HM Coroner’s Service, The Council House, Old Market Square, Nottingham NG1 2DT
0115 841 5553
Oxfordshire Darren Salter Coroner, Oxfordshire District Register Office, 2nd Floor, 1 Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford OX1 1NS
0845 605 4174
Plymouth Torbay and South Devon Ian Arrow Plymouth and Torbay Coroner’s Service, Derriford Business Park, Plymouth PL6 5QZ
01752 204636
Rutland and North Leicestershire TBA HM Coroner’s Office, Southfield Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 2TR
01509 268 768
Sefton Knowsley and St Helens Julie Goulding Town Hall Bootle, Oriel Road, Bootle, Liverpool L20 7AE
01704 531 643
Shropshire Telford and Wrekin John Ellery HM Coroner’s Service, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND
01743 258470
Somerset Tony Williams Somerset Coroner’s Service, Old Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4AQ
01823 359271
South London Sarah Ormond-Walshe South London Coroner’s Service, 2nd Floor, Davis House, Robert Street, Croydon CR0 1QQ
020 8313 1883
South Northumberland Andrew Hetherington Coroner’s Service, 17 Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, North Northumberland TD15 1EE
01289 304318
South Wales Central Graeme Hughes The Coroner’s Office, The Old Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Pontypridd CF37 1JW
01443 281101
South Yorkshire (East) Nicola Mundy The Coroner’s Court and Office, Crown Court Building, College Road, Doncaster, DN1 3HS
01302 737135
South Yorkshire (West) David Urpeth (acting senior coroner) South Yorkshire (West) Coroner’s Service, Medico-Legal Centre, Watery Street, Sheffield S3 7ES
0114 273 8721
Staffordshire South Andrew Haigh Staffordshire South Coroner’s Service, 1  Staffordshire Place, Stafford, Staffordshire ST16 2LP
01785 276127
Stoke-on-Trent and north Staffordshire Andrew Barkley Coroner’s Chambers, 547 Hartshill Road, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6HF
01785 276127
Suffolk Nigel Parsley The Coroner’s Court and Offices, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich IP1 5PB
0345 607 2040
Sunderland Derek Winter The Coroner’s Office, Sunderland Civic Centre, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DN
0191 5617843
Surrey Richard Travers HM Coroner’s Court, Station Approach, Woking GU22 7AP
01483 404530
Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Colin Phillips (acting senior coroner) HM Coroner for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN
01792 636237
Teesside and Hartlepool Clare Bailey HM Coroner for Teesside, The Coroner’s Service, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ
01642 729350
Warwickshire Sean McGovern Warwickshire Justice Centre, Newbold Terrace, Leamington Spa CV32 4EL
01926 684228
West London Chinyere Inyama West London Coroner’s Service, 25 Bagleys Lane, Fulham, London SW6 2QA
020 87534422
West Sussex Penelope Schofield HM Coroner, Record Office, Orchard Street, Chichester PO19 1DD
03302 227100
West Yorkshire (Eastern) Kevin McLoughlin Coroner’s Service, West Yorkshire (Eastern) Area, 71 Northgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 3BS
01924 302180
West Yorkshire (Western) Martin Fleming HM Coroner’s Court, Cater Building, 1 Cater Street, Bradford BD1 5AS
01274 431 400
Wiltshire and Swindon David Ridley Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner’s Service, 26 Endless Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1DP
01722 438900
Worcestershire David Reid Worcestershire Coroner’s Court, The Civic, Martins Way, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8UN
01905 766066
York Jonathan Heath c/o North Yorkshire County Council, 21 Grammar School Lane, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1DF
01609 533843