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

Appendix D


Nigel Newcomen CBE

Career resume

Law degree (Kent), post-graduate law degree (LSE), prison research (Sussex). Extensive work in probation both directly with offenders and then managing an R&D unit to deliver research and IT systems - interspersed with university teaching (London), private business research consultancy and a further masters degree (Surrey).

Entered Prison Service as a direct entrant administrative Grade 7 in 1991. Delivered a range of high profile prison policies. UK representative to Council of Europe Committee (DH-DEV) on the rights of detainees.

Seconded to Home Office to lead on protective security and then Private Secretary to Home Secretary. 1996 promoted to Grade 6 Business Manager, Directorate of Prison Health Care, and delivered a change management remit. 1997 promoted to Senior Civil Service as Head of Prison Service Secretariat, and oversaw delivery of a range of reviews.


Prison Service Assistant Director responsible for 250 staff and a £13m budget. Managed national lifer, parole and recall casework functions. Oversaw expansion of offending behaviour programmes and drug services in prison, and development of a national reducing re-offending strategy. Chaired Council of Europe Committee (PC-LT) on life sentence\long term prisoners.


Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons. Responsible for management of the robustly independent Inspectorate of Prisons on behalf of the Chief Inspector. Including: leading inspections; oversight of business planning, programming and methodology; line management of all 9 team leaders; quality assurance of reports and handling relevant media. Led on joint criminal justice inspection and the extension of the Inspectorate's remit to immigration, military and police detention.


From 2003   HM Inspectorate of Prisons
Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons (SCS)

1999-003   Sentence Management Group, Prison Service
Assistant Director and Head of Group (SCS)

1996-1999  Secretariat, Prison Service

Head of Secretariat (SCS)

1996    Directorate of Prison Health Care

Business Manager (grade 6)

1994-96  Private Office, Home Office

Private Secretary to the Home Secretary (grade 7)

1994    F4 (counter-terrorism) Division, Home Office

Head of Protective Security (grade 7)

1993-94  Directorate of Services, Prison Service

Criminal Justice Bill Team lead (grade 7)

1991-3    Directorate of Inmate Activities, Prison Service

Head of Section (grade 7)

1987-91  Action Research, own private consultancy

Part-time Management Research Consultant

1985-91  South West London Probation Service

Head of Research and Information

1982-85  Chelsea College, University of London

Part-time lecturer (law and criminology)

1981-85  South West London Probation Service

Senior Community Service Officer

1980-81  University of Sussex

Research Officer Penal Study Unit

1978-79  Inner London Probation Service

Community Service Officer

1976-78  Inner London Probation Service

Sessional Community Service Supervisor


1963-73 St Christopher's School, Letchworth, Hertfordshire

1974-77 University of Kent, Bachelor of Arts (law)

1979-80 London School of Economics, Master of Laws

1988-90 University of Surrey, Master of Science in Research Methods


1993 De Montfort University, HMPS Senior Management Programme.

1997 Cranfield University, HMPS Programme Management Course

1999 Civil Service College, Prince 2 Course

2000 Civil Service College, Young Nodes.

2002 University of Cambridge, Senior Course in Criminology

2003 Prison Service Senior Managers' Financial Management Course

2004 Work Foundation, Home Office Leadership Training

2005 Rangecroft Communications, Home Office Media Training

2006 Home Office Programme and Project Management Course

2007 National School for Government (NSG), Communications course

2008 NSG, Strategic Management

2009 NSG, Programme and Project Management


Age 55, Married, with 3 sons aged 21-27.

Interests: criminology, music, sport, travel, arts, and vegetable gardening.

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