In spring 2016, HMI Probation established an advisory group. Its role it to advise the Chief Inspector and senior team on our priorities, plans and approaches to inspection.

Terms of reference (PDF, 318.96 kB)


Sir David Behan

Sir David was born and brought up in Blackburn in Lancashire and graduated from Bradford University in 1978. He began his career as a social worker, progressing as a manager in Wakefield, Avon and Cleveland. He was appointed to Director of Social Services posts in Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Greenwich.

He was the President of the Association of Director of Social Services in 2002.

He was the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection in 2003. In 2006 he was appointed to the Department of Health as the Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships working on personalised care, carers learning and disability policy, mental health policy, the reform of social care funding and legislation. He was a member of the NHS Management Board.

In 2012 he was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission where he has led a team to conduct a fundamental review of the quality and safety regulation of health and care in England.

In 2003, he was awarded a CBE and in 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Greenwich University. He was presented with a City and Guilds fellowship in October 2016 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Health by the University of Bradford in 2017. He was awarded a knighthood for services to health and care in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

In December 2018 Sir David was appointed as Chair of Health Education England.


Anne Fox

Anne Fox is Clinks’ Chief Executive Officer and joined in October 2015. Previously, the Director of The Communication Trust, Anne has worked in the voluntary and community sector in the UK and Republic of Ireland for many years.


Professor Chris Fox

Chris Fox is the Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and leads a wide range of research and evaluation projects on criminal justice, welfare reform and social innovation. He is currently working on a number of projects looking at the co-creation of public services, including in the criminal justice system. His most recent book ‘An Introduction to Evaluation’ was published by Sage.


Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe is Director of the Institute of Criminology and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Cambridge. Loraine’s research interests include sentencing, youth justice issues, women and criminal justice, community penalties, and social exclusion, crime and justice.


Sarah Payne CBE

Sarah worked in the criminal justice system for almost four decades and spent a couple of years running a charity that supported marginalised and disadvantaged women. Since retiring from the National Offender Management Service she is busy with a number of advisory and voluntary roles which use her work experience and her passion for social justice.


Professor Stephen Shute

Professor Stephen Shute is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources at the University of Sussex. Stephen’s academic work focuses on criminal law and criminal justice; his work has been influential in policy making on high risk offenders, risk assessment and sentencing.


Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor is an entrepreneur and writer. He is the Chair of Ofqual, the exams regulator and he was co-founder and chair of the Open Public Services Network at the Royal Society of Arts and co-founder of Dr Foster, the healthcare information business that has pioneered transparency in healthcare.


Russell Webster – Independent Consultant

Russell worked as a probation officer and in the drugs field before becoming an independent consultant and researcher in the drugs and crime sector. He has a specialist interest in digital innovation and runs a lively blog which keeps readers up-to-date with the latest policy, practice and research developments.