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Renewal of non-executive directors of DBS


Mary Cunneen and Samantha Durrant have both been reappointed as non-executive directors of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) board. Mary was reappointed for a second term of two and a half years and Samantha was reappointed for a second term of three years.

Mary Cunneen

Mary Cunneen’s reappointment began April 1, 2022 and was conducted in accordance with the Public Appointments Governance Code.


Mary Cunneen has served as a non-executive director on the DBS board since April 2019. She is chair of the compensation committee and a member of the people and change management committees. Mary is also a council equality champion.

A lawyer by profession, Mary has worked in the private sector, non-governmental organizations and government. She began her career as a criminal defense lawyer before becoming director of law and policy at Liberty, director of Anti-Slavery International, human rights adviser to the Foreign Office and a lawyer Principal at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Most recently, Mary was Commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), overseeing substantial change and expansion. A board member and responsible for public confidence in the police complaints process, she has led high-profile investigations into police conduct, including deaths in custody, corruption and serious sexual assaults. She led the IPCC Child Sexual Abuse Board and oversaw the development of IPCC strategy and procedures, as well as numerous investigations into police handling of child sexual abuse cases. children.

In addition to her role at DBS, Mary is also chair of the National Referral Mechanism multi-agency committees, reviewing Home Office decisions on the status of victims of trafficking and slavery.

Samantha Durant

Samantha Durrant’s reappointment began on April 1, 2022 and was conducted in accordance with the Public Appointments Governance Code.


Samantha Durrant has been a non-executive director on the DBS Board since April 2019. Samantha is a member of the Quality, Finance and Performance Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee and chairs the Change Management Committee .

Samantha has worked as a senior executive in a wide range of public and private sector organizations. His executive responsibilities included business change, IT, client management, legal, governance and operations. Samantha is also a non-executive director of NHS Sussex Commissioners and the Insolvency Service.

DBS Board Members

Board members are personalities from outside DBS who bring a mix of expertise and skills from the public and private sectors. They:

  • monitor performance
  • define the strategic direction of DBS
  • support and challenge management on the implementation of DBS’s strategic direction
  • ensure that legal obligations are fulfilled

Members of the DBS Board of Directors are appointed following an open and fair competition and in accordance with the Code of Governance for Public Appointments. Appointments are for an initial period of 3 years, with the possibility of renewal.