Paul Wilson has been appointed interim Chief Inspector of Probation today.
He will lead the Inspectorate while a permanent Chief Inspector is being recruited.
Mr Wilson was chief executive of London Probation Trust from 2009 to 2010, having started his career as a probation trainee in 1972.
On his interim appointment, Paul Wilson said:
"I look forward to taking up the post, helping to ensure the independent inspection of probation services during a time of great change in the criminal justice system.
The inspectorate’s work will be vital over the coming months in testing the impact of probation services and promoting effective practice, in order to ensure that the public are protected and reoffending is reduced.
I am also really looking forward to working with youth offending teams and inspecting their work to prevent young people from reoffending and to keep them safe."
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said:
"After more than 40 years rising through the ranks of the probation service, Paul has the ideal knowledge and experience necessary for this role. I am confident that he will bring the leadership and drive necessary to steer the inspectorate and safeguard its independence whilst a permanent Chief Inspector is appointed."
An absolutely astonishing decision, given that if you cut Paul Senior in half you'd find 'probation' written right through him, and if you cut Paul Wilson in half you'd find NOMS written right through. He's assured not to find anything untoward with privatised probation, him only being a non-executive director of NOMS FFS!
"Paul Wilson - Paul joined the Probation Service in 1972, working in Teeside, Kent and West Yorkshire where he became Chief Officer in 1999, receiving a CBE for services to the National Probation Service in 2005. After a spell as Offender Manager in NOMS Yorkshire and Humberside, Paul resumed his probation career as interim Chief Officer in Sussex (2007/8) and London (2009/10). Currently Consultant Partner with the Equality Works Group, he is an active runner, cyclist, fly fisher and gardener."