Hampshire and Isle of Wight CRC Chief Executive
As the new Chief Executive of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight CRC, I would like to acknowledge the achievements of my predecessor, Mary D’Arcy who has established the HIOW CRC, formerly the Hampshire Probation Trust.
I am delighted to be coming to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and to lead one of the best probation teams in the country, delivering some of the best performance and quality work nationally. It feels like a privilege to lead it.
The CRC, an Interserve-led company and part of Purple Futures achieved the 2nd national ranking in May’s Offender Survey which measures satisfaction and engagement. This is just one of the indicators of the quality of services provided in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the commitment of staff to changing lives and making communities safer.
Here are a few highlights from my career as an introduction for those who don’t know me.
I have now been in probation for over 20 years (I believe some of the academic literature refers to people like me as ‘probation lifers!’). Having qualified as a Probation Officer in 1996 in Kent I moved to Cheshire Probation Area in 1999 and became an Assistant Chief Officer in 2007. In this role I think I covered just about every area of probation business: leading a Local Delivery Unit; interventions; victim services; and latterly a business unit, which included performance, audit and inspection.
In 2014 I became the Head of Operations for the newly formed Cheshire and Greater Manchester CRC and then joined the central team in Interserve to lead the mobilisation, transition and transformation of the service delivery model across the five Purple Futures CRCs. This role became formalised in January of this year as the Director of Rehabilitation and Professional Practice, which is a post I continue to hold alongside my new role in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Although I have only just come into post I am already impressed by the great partnership work taking place across this area. Initiatives like the P3 Link worker scheme, the About Turn Projects and the Creative Arts Project for young people are key to our Interchange model which helps to integrate service users in community based projects. These are just a few examples, and I am looking forward to visiting more projects over the next few months.
I am also very excited about the new Service User engagement projects, which will come to fruition in coming weeks. Our first HIOW CRC Service User Council, co-ordinated by User Voice will take place at the end of November and we expect our first group of Volunteer Mentors to be trained and ready to meet mentees early in 2017.
I intend to post regular blogs about our CRC, our challenges and successes.
Until then, best wishes
CEO Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company
Interserve Director of Practice and Rehabilitation