New Senior Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton




Central Bedfordshire Council, as the lead authority for the Bedfordshire & Luton Coronial Area, has announced  the appointment of Ms. Emma Whitting as Senior Coroner.

The appointment follows an open competition and is made with the consent of the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor.  Emma is a Barrister and currently sits as an Assistant Coroner in four jurisdictions: Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham & Solihull and the Black Country. She will take up her post on 1st October 2018.


In assuming her new full-time role, Emma says: “It will be a great honour to serve the people of Bedfordshire and Luton as their Senior Coroner. I look forward to leading the experienced team of officers, administrative staff, and Assistant Coroners, in delivering a modern, open, consistent and just service with the bereaved at the heart of the process.”


The Bedfordshire & Luton Coronial Area covers Bedford and Luton Borough Councils as well as Central Bedfordshire Council.  Inquests are held in the Court House in Ampthill where the Coroner Service is located.


  • Emma Whitting was a Barrister at 1 COR in London practising in personal injury and clinical negligence, including inquests; she also has experience of working in-house for both the Metropolitan Police and the MOD.  
  • After a career break bringing up her young family, she returned to in-house advocacy as an inquest advocate for two law firms in Birmingham before being appointed as an Assistant Coroner for the Coventry Area in 2014.  
  • On being appointed as an Assistant Coroner for the three further jurisdictions of Warwickshire, Birmingham & Solihull and the Black Country in 2017, she re-joined 1 COR as an Associate Tenant. 
  • She was President of the West Midland Coroners Society from 2017-2018 and currently sits on the Law Review & General Purposes Committee of the Coroners Society of England & Wales.