Fellow of the Probation Institute
Probation Director South West Community Rehabilitation Companies incorporating the Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset & Wiltshire (BGSW CRC) and Dorset, Devon & Cornwall (DDC CRC)Community Rehabilitation Companies.
John qualified as a Probation Officer in 1981 and has extensive knowledge and experience of working in the field of Criminal Justice both in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including 16 years’ experience in senior management positions.
His first post as a Probation Officer was in Gloucester and he worked as a PO in Gloucester for 7 years before moving to Gwent on promotion to Senior Probation Officer to set up a Probation Day Centre. He returned to Gloucester in 1991 as Senior Probation Officer in Gloucester Prison and worked there until he emigrated to New Zealand in 1995.
Whilst in New Zealand, John worked both as a Probation Officer and as a Senior Probation Officer before being promoted to the position of Area Manager for South Auckland (equivalent to Chief Officer of a Probation Area in the UK).
He returned to the UK in 2000 as an Assistant Chief Officer for Somerset and,together with Senior Managers from both Avon and Somerset, he led on the amalgamation of the two areas with effect from April, 2001.
As Chief Executive of the Dorset Probation Area/Trust (2007-2014) John was responsible for leading Dorset to Trust status with effect from April 2010.
In April 2014 John was appointed Chief Executive of BGSW CRC and has subsequently extended his role and responsibilities to cover the DDC CRC as well.
John is a passionate believer in the value of partnership working and he has been at the ‘cutting edge’ of the development of a ‘partnership’ approach to the work of the service both locally and nationally with extensive experience of working with a variety of partner agencies from the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.
In addition to his work in Probation, John is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Peninsula Initiative Community Chaplaincy Project which provides mentoring and support to offenders released from prison to the communities of Devon, Cornwall and South Somerset.