Grace Ononiwu OBE

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Grace Ononiwu OBE is the Chief Crow Prosecutor for the West Midlands. She has previously been the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England and a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in London. In 2005 she became the first black Chief Crown Prosecutor of African/Caribbean origin. Grace qualified as a solicitor and began her career working for a private firm based in High Wycombe, practising Criminal Law. She joined the CPS in 1991 as a Crown Prosecutor and rapidly progressed through the ranks. She became a Senior Crown Prosecutor in 1993, Acting Prosecution Team Leader in Croydon in 1998, Project Manager for the landmark Holborn Glidewell Project in 2001, Borough Crown Prosecutor and head of the Holborn Glidewell Criminal Justice Unit in 2002, District Crown Prosecutor and head of the Blackfriars Trial Unit in 2003, head of the first Combined Unit in London in 2004 and the historic appointment as Chief Crown Prosecutor for Northamptonshire in 2005. Grace is the past Chair of the National Black Crown Prosecution Association. She was awarded an OBE in 2008.

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