Appendix B |
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and
The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman is appointed
by the Justice Secretary to provide independent investigation
of complaints from prisoners, offenders under probation supervision
and immigration detainees. The Ombudsman also investigates fatal
incidents occurring in prisons and other places of custody, to
establish the circumstances relating to the death and to consider
whether changes could be introduced to help prevent a recurrence.
The Ombudsman is independent of the National Offender
Management Service and the UK Border Agency, and works with a
range of stakeholders in a complex and sensitive environment.
The Ombudsman leads a team of deputies, assistants, investigators
and administrative staff that currently totals 117.
Candidates will have an appreciation of criminal
justice and immigration issues. Independence and excellent judgement
are essential. and a demonstrable ability to use evidence to inform
logical and sound decisions will be required. Highly developed
communication skills will be critical in every aspect of the role,
working with the authorities in remit, Ministers, other stakeholders
and with the media. In line with Government proposals to increase
Parliamentary scrutiny of appointments to key posts, the preferred
candidate may be required to appear before a Parliamentary select
committee prior to appointment.
For more information about this role, visit http://recruit.penna.com
or call Aaron Webster on 020 7663 6862 and David Binney on 020
7663 7327 at Penna Executive Search.
Closing date: 9am, 13 December 2010.