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After thirty years in public service, most of it working with offenders and after five years in the charitable sector I am now self employed. My first career was in the NHS before I began training to be a prison governor in 1982. Later I became Director General of The Prison Service of England and Wales and managed the service for seven years. for the last three of those years as a Home Office Permanent Secretary I also managed the Probation Service and was the government's principal advisor on criminal and sentencing policy. My years in charge of prisons, particulary the four years during which I was Director General remain associated with the establishment of the decency agenda in prisons. During my tenure, and for the first time, the Prison Service delivered statistically significant reductions in reoffending. I left the public service in 2005 to lead Barnardo's through a period of significant growth, making it once again the UK's biggest chilldren's charity (8,000 staff, 16,000 volunteers, £250m turnover) and transforming its political and media impact.
Phone: 01947 821986
Where might I be able to help?
Consultancy on a wide range of managerial issues including media management. Help and advice on engaging with and influencing government. Public speaking, particularly on the challenge of leadership. Mentoring and coaching. Exceptionally, I will consider short term interim management projects.