Chief Inspector and Senior Management Team

Chief Inspector

Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation

Dame Glenys was appointed as Chief Inspector in March 2016, on a three year fixed term. She has twenty years CEO experience, having led the start up or turnaround of a number of public sector organisations responsible for legal and/or regulatory services. Dame Glenys was the first Chief Executive of the Criminal Cases Review Commission and of Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Courts Services.

In her last role as Chief Regulator and CEO of Ofqual, Dame Glenys led the implementation of the government’s reform of qualifications in England.

Dame Glenys is a solicitor by profession and holds an MBA.



Assistant Chief Inspectors


Andy Bonny, Support Services

Andy joined the Civil Service in 1987 and has worked in a number of departments including what was then the Department for Social Security, the Home Office, as well as the Ministry of Justice. Andy joined HMI Probation in 2000 as Deputy Audit Manager for the Audit of Accredited Programmes. 

He is now Assistant Chief Inspector with oversight for support services as well as being responsible for the scheduling and resourcing of inspections.


Helen Davies, Thematic inspections, Prison Offender Management inspections and Through the Gate

Helen has over 20 years experience of working within the criminal justice system as both a practitioner and senior manager. Starting her career as a probation officer in Derbyshire, Helen then moved to a Youth Offending Service management post. This was followed by a national role in the Youth Justice Board, leading the youth justice performance improvement programme.

Helen joined HMI Probation as an inspector in 2009 and has led inspections across all programmes. Helen is a fluent Welsh speaker and has responsibility for HMI Probation’s Welsh Language Scheme.


Sally Lester, Programme Director, Methodology and Programme Development

Sally qualified as a probation officer in 1981, and worked in Greater Manchester, West Midlands and North Yorkshire, latterly as Assistant Chief Officer. She moved to HMI Probation in 2004, and was Assistant Chief Inspector responsible for the adult inspection programme until 2014 when she had a year on secondment as joint head of the National Offender Management Service
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements team, before returning to HMI Probation. Sally has also undertaken short-term project work in several other jurisdictions, including Turkey, Croatia, Bulgaria and Albania.



Dr Robin Moore, Head of Research

Robin joined HMI Probation as Head of Research in 2015. He provides strategic direction to the Inspectorate’s research team and oversees the research and analytical support to adult, youth and thematic inspections. Robin has over 15 years experience of managing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research projects. Previously he was Head of the Research Programme within NOMS and Chair of the National Research Committee which quality assures internal and external research projects across prisons and probation. During his time in the Civil Service and academia, Robin has published a range of articles, reports and book chapters on offender assessment, intensive supervision and financial penalties. He is the lead author of a book on managing persistent and serious offenders in the community.


Helen Rinaldi, Leading on the regular inspection of probation services

Helen worked for over 20 years in HM Prison Service, latterly as a governing governor, Helen was appointed as an Inspector in 201o and an Assistant Chief Inspectors in 2014.

Helen is responsible for the delivery of HMI Probation’s programme of regular inspection of probation services in England and Wales provided by the National Probation Service and the twenty one Community Rehabilitation Companies.


Helen Mercer, leading on youth inspection work

Helen has twenty years experience in the youth justice sector in practitioner, senior managerial, performance inspection, and strategy and policy roles across community and custodial settings. Helen holds a BA (Hons) degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and an Masters in Probation Studies. Helen is a qualified probation officer. Helen joined HMI Probation as an Inspector in 2014 and took up post as Assistant Chief Inspector (Youth Justice) in February 2015. Prior to that Helen was part of the senior management team at the Youth Justice Board. In this organisation Helen headed up the resettlement strand of the Transforming Youth Custody programme and was responsible for both establishing the first ever resettlement consortium in Greater Manchester and the subsequent development of further consortia across England and Wales.


Alan MacDonald, Alan is currently on secondment to the National Audit Office.