Ian Rushton is Area Legal Lead for CPS North West and, until 2020, was Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West Area.
He has responsibility across the North West for ensuring CPS lawyers are regularly updated with developments in the criminal law and reports directly to the Chief Crown Prosecutor on quality assurance of casework across the three counties of CPS North West-Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.
Ian has worked for the Crown Prosecution Service since it began in April 1986, having been in private practice in Manchester prior to joining the former Prosecuting Solicitor's Department with Greater Manchester Police.
A Senior Crown Prosecutor in the City of Manchester until January 1993, Ian was then promoted to Assistant Branch Crown Prosecutor for Sheffield in South Yorkshire. He progressed to Branch Crown Prosecutor, and held similar posts in Preston and East Lancashire before moving to Cheshire in November 2005 as the Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). He was appointed to the post of CCP for Lancashire in March 2010 and in April 2011 became one of the two Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors in the North West.
Ian has been heavily involved in the recruitment of legal trainees and with the development and delivery of the CPS RASSO casework.
Ian was educated at The Manchester Grammar School and is a graduate in Law from the University of Nottingham.