Appointment of the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales - Justice Committee Contents

Appendix B


Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales

Salary £100,000

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 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.

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