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)


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.