The chair of the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel is the Head of Performance and Regulation, Criminal Justice Group, Ministry of Justice. He is a senior civil servant who performs this role as part of his normal duties and receives no additional payment in relation to the chairmanship of CSAP.
In addition to the chair, the panel consists of appointed members, who are independent experts in offending behaviour programmes, the principles of effective practice and/or accreditation. 12 members were appointed in 2003 for a period of three years. These appointments and the appointment of the acting chair were extended until 31 April 2008.
Following an open competition in January 2008, 15 independent experts were appointed. Members are appointed to carry out work when required and remuneration is dependent on that work and attending the panel which convenes on an ad hoc basis. The panel is supported by one full-time civil servant who manages the programme of work.