I retired in 2001, after 11 years as Warwickshire's Chief Probation Officer. During this period I was a member of the National Parole Board and the Chief Officer responsible for setting up the County Youth Offending Team. Having taken the national lead for information management on behalf of the Association of Chief Officers of Probation I was commissioned to produce the National Probation Service Information Management Strategy in 2002.
Throughout my career I have been interested in effective service delivery through successful partnership initiatives. My management consultancy between 2001 and 2008 specialised in criminal justice and social welfare issues. I was appointed the independent Chair of the national RYOGENS project from 2003 to 2006. This brought together colleagues from Warwickshire, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham to produce successful software enabling practitioners to share information about vulnerable children.
I was appointed as an independent member of Warwickshire Police Authority in April 2003 and took a particular interest in how the Force dealt with serious crime. Elected Chair of the Authority from May 2011 to its demise in November 2012, I negotiated the strategic alliance between Warwickshire and West Mercia Police Authorities. In March 2013 I was appointed the first Chair of Healthwatch Warwickshire and stepped down from this role in December 2016. This gave me an understanding of the current challenges faced in social care and health.
A responsibility for ‘joined up’ strategy and delivery has been a key feature of all these roles. Having worked in Warwickshire since 1989 I have developed an enthusiastic commitment to the County as a whole. I know the benefits to a diverse community, of successful, real partnerships between statutory and voluntary providers. I bring an enthusiasm for the synergy which this work delivers and becoming an active part of Warwickshire CAVA seems a natural next step.