I find this utterly bizarre and wonder what the hell he knows about probation? Why on earth would a Probation Service do such a thing? Is it designed to wind people up or just look really trendy and 'business-like'? But then I seem to recall reading something about Fire Services not having to be run by Chief Fire Officers anymore, rather Chief Executives instead. Look what the Chief Fire Officers Association said in 2005:-
"Increasingly senior positions in fire and rescue service are being taken up by competent managers who have not come through the fire and rescue service ranks. Their backgrounds and experience expand our outlook and add to even greater professionalism in the service at all levels. This ultimately improves our service to the communities we serve."When I first read this I honestly thought it was a joke. It must surely have been said through gritted teeth or with a heavy hint of irony? To me it represents not just another example of the inexorable rise of managerialism over professionalism, but also some sort of perverse mixture of political correctness and tokenism. Call me old fashioned, but I'd feel rather more comfortable knowing that fire, police and probation services were all run by time-served practitioners than bureaucrats.