Emeritus Professor Paul Senior has been chair of the Probation Institute since September 2015 and stands down in September. Through a range of guises – Probation officer, Chair, NAPO Professional Committee, CCETSW Council, joint appointment in training between probation and university, designer and implementer of the DipPS and researcher and probation academic – he has tried for over 40 years to support the best in probation. In 2002 Paul started the Hallam Centre for Community Justice, a contract research centre specialising in offender management, resettlement and restorative justice, where he was Director until retirement in 2016. Paul launched the Community Justice Portal providing an online information exchange facility in 2002, which also saw the creation of the international journal, the British Journal of Community Justice. Paul’s career has thus been linked to policy, practice and research in and around probation and with probation partners in criminal justice. He has written on many aspects of probation practice and community justice. He gave the prestigious probation 16th Annual Bill McWilliams Memorial Lecture on ‘Privatising Probation: the death knell of a much-cherished public service?’ in June 2013. (P Senior, (2016) Howard Journal, 55, pp 414-431) His association of over 40 years with probation has seen Paul engaged as a practitioner, manager, trainer, consultant, researcher, advisor and policy developer in the UK and in Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.