Gill Arnold JP DL – Chairman of the West Yorkshire Bench

In conjunction with Bradford Council and the Education Partnerships Team, Gill is the Founder of the new initiative – The Yorkshire Champions Group. 

Gill was born, bred and educated in Bradford and upon leaving education spent around 13 years in the fashion industry.  Then after having two daughters, she ran two businesses, which allowed her to work from home. 

Gill became a Magistrate in 2003 and during this time has undertaken various roles including: 

Chairman in the Adult Court.

Chairman in the Youth Court. (Chairman of the Youth Panel – 2 years)

Drugs Review Panel – 6 years (Drugs Panel Chairman – 2 years)

Community Justice Panel (national pilot)

Training and Development Committee

Appraiser/ Mentor & MATC

Magistrates in the Community

Deputy Chairman of the Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court (2 years)

Produced and written the Heritage Day re-enactments 10 years+

Crown Court Panel member (Appeals for Youth and Adult in the CC)

Chairman Support Facilitator (Delivered in conjunction with the BTDC)

Baroness Corston’s Committee 

‘Sentencers Contributor’ (Reviewing vulnerable women in the Criminal Justice System).


Gill has been on the Board Director & Looked After Children/In care Trustee at the JAMES – Youth Charity for over 10 years which has now become an independent school.

The charity provides disadvantaged children, some who have come through the Justice System with a provision to achieve their full potential, through relevant education, training and leisure opportunities.

Gill is on the board of trustees/directors at GDPA (Global Diversity Positive Action) which is a registered charity.  Its main mission is to empower people to break the cycle of re-offending- in partnership with Microsoft and is the Vice Chairman of the Carlton Bolling Multi Academy Trust.

Sectors worked in and routes taken.

Crown Court Panel member

Sitting with the Judges on appeals for both Youths and Adults in the Crown Court

‘JAMES’ Youth Charity

Gill has been a Board Director/Looked After Children/ In care Trustee

GDPA ( Global Diversity Positive Action)

Gill is a Board Director/ Trustee

What I would like to get involved in

Inspirational talk

Visits to my place of work

Mentoring / Coaching young people

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