Governance

21 Community Rehabilitation Companies were formed on 1st June 2014 to provide offender management and rehabilitation services in England and Wales. Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company (SWM CRC) is one of them. The companies were formed in accordance with the Companies Act 2006, and were all solely owned by the Secretary of State for Justice, before being transferred to their new owners on 1st February 2015. CRCs, as arms-length providers, have a contract with the Secretary of State to deliver probation services.

SWM CRC is owned by the Reducing Reoffending Partnership (RRP), a joint venture partnership consisting of CGL, Ingeus and St Giles Trust. RRP also owns Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottingham and Rutland (DLNR) CRC.

 

Senior Leaders Team

Operations Directorate

Adrian McNulty, Operational Director and Executive Team Member
Adrian McNultyAfter a series of voluntary sector roles in housing and offender rehabilitation services, Adrian began his Probation career in the West Midlands as an Assistant Warden at Welford House Approved premises. He qualified as a Probation Officer in 1993 and became a Senior Probation Officer in 2000 managing a busy field team and local Court operation before moving to Sandwell’s groupwork unit. Adrian has been a senior manager since 2004 with roles in Birmingham, Walsall, Dudley, Interventions and Effective Practice. Prior to becoming the Operational Director in January 2015, Adrian was the Head of Birmingham Probation for SWM CRC.


Paul Levy, Head of Service Excellence (DLNR and SWM)

paul levy squarePaul joined Probation in 2003 after working in Financial Services for over 15 years. He qualified as a Probation Officer in 2005, becoming SPO in 2007. Since that time he has led teams across numerous functions including DRR, IOM, CP, generic field teams and PPO. Paul spent 2 years as a senior manager in Staffordshire, before becoming ACO, as Head of Solihull, in 2012.

Paul has recently completed a masters degree in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management at Cambridge University and, since April, held the Head of Interventions post. This role encompasses CRC leads including Evidence-Informed Practice, Accredited Programmes, ETE, Volunteers, Accommodation, Senior Attendance Centres and Commissioning/ Procurement.


Simon Lomas, Head of Resettlement, Housing and Welfare

Simon Lomas for TwitterIn 1989 Simon obtained his Certificate and Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) and a Master of Social Science from Birmingham University. He then joined West Midlands Probation Service. Prior to this he obtained extensive experience of working in Youth Offending Services and Children’s Residential Services.

Since April 2014 Simon has been leading Community Payback developments and operations. He has been Head of Staffordshire LDU and Head of Sandwell LDU. With previous postings as a senior manager in Approved Premises and Birmingham LDU he has a comprehensive range of leadership and management within the organisation.


Jane Connelly, Head of Birmingham

Jane Connelly

Jane has worked in probation since 1989, having trained in the original Coventry Probation Huts! Starting out as a Probation Officer in Wolverhampton, Jane worked in a number of different settings including Community Payback, Programmes, The Victims Unit and the Homeless Offenders Unit while working her way up from Senior Probation Officer, District Manager, Head of East Birmingham & Solihull District, Head of Solihull and then Sandwell LDU.

Jane has a keen interest in equality and diversity and developed in partnership, the first statutory programme for Domestic Violence Perpetrators in the West Midlands in 1996 and also developed a victim/offender mediation service. During this period, she also consulted on the Thematic Inspections into Victim Contact Work for HMIP. Jane has worked closely with Sandwell Women’s Aid to develop a female offender programme and a Women’s Centre to provide a safe space for female offenders in line with the recommendations in the Corston Report.

In 2014, following the TR restructure she became Head of Dudley/Sandwell LDU and started her new role as Head of Birmingham LDU in January 2015.  Jane is also the strategic lead for Safeguarding in the CRC.

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Kate McConnell, Head of Performance (DLNR and SWM)

Kate McConnell

Kate qualified in 2000 with a Masters in Social Work and postgrad DipSW from Birmingham University joining the Probation Service as an officer that year. Prior to this Kate had worked with children and young people in criminal justice and social services. She became a Practice Development Assessor in 2003 working with both De Montfort and Birmingham University as well as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP). In 2008 she moved into a Senior Probation Officer role for West Midlands Probation Service, holding leads for integrated offender management (IOM), youth justice , public protection and drug rehabilitation requirement (DRR’s).

In 2010 Kate left probation to take up the Operational Lead in Walsall Youth Justice Services before returning in 2012 as Deputy Head for Staffordshire. In 2014 she became the Deputy Head of Community Payback and was promoted to Head of Sandwell & Dudley in January 2015.  Kate is also the strategic lead for Domestic Abuse and Mental Health in the CRC.


Kobina Hall, Head of Coventry, Solihull and Community Payback

Kobina HallKobina is currently the Head of Coventry and Solihull Cluster. He recently graduated from the Common Purpose Meridian Leadership Development Programme and successfully applied to join the Board of Geese Theatre Company. He previously headed up Walsall and Coventry Local Delivery Units before the creation of the CRC. He was also the District Manager for Community Payback for five years and this followed a short period as a Senior Probation Officer in a high risk of harm team based in Handsworth, Birmingham. His career in management has given him experience of building staff capacity, governance, partnership and relationship management, in addition to leading performance improvement.

Kobina joined West midlands Probation Service as a probation officer in 1996 and worked in a Birmingham field team for four years before moving to a programmes unit where he stayed for three years. During this period he became an accredited programmes tutor and trainer. He came to the Midlands to train as a probation officer at Birmingham University where he achieved a post graduate DipSW and an MSocSc.

Jas Pejatta, Head of Black Country and Education, Training and Employment
Jas PejattaDuring 1993, Jas took a short break from his career in manufacturing and joined the Dorset Probation Service as a volunteer helping to deliver structured day activities to Offenders. Jas never returned to his manufacturing career but wholeheartedly embraced probation work as his chosen vocation, working as a Probation Assistant for the Dorset Probation Service prior to undertaking Probation Officer qualification training, alongside which he also completed his Master of Social Science qualification. Post qualification Jas moved to the former West Midlands Probation area and began a career as a Probation Officer in 1998.

In 2001 Jas was promoted to Senior Probation Officer with Northamptonshire Probation Service where he managed the delivery of Community Service (later to become Unpaid Work) across the County. Jas achieved promotion to Senior Management Grade in 2005 and since this time Jas has undertaken a variety Senior Manager operational and project lead roles.

In 2009 Jas joined the Director of Offender Management Office (NOMs) to “kick start” the Regional Prisons and Probation response to the Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy. Jas worked as part of the Regional Government Office team and since his return to the former Probation Trust in 2011, he has led a number of important projects including workload management and implementation of a new Case Management system.

Jas graduated from the NOMs “Accelerate To” Leadership Development Programme in 2012 and thereafter took post as Deputy Head of Birmingham Probation, prior to achieving promotion to his current role as Head of Walsall and Wolverhampton Probation.

 

Executive Services Directorate

Karl Deakin, Company Secretary and Solicitor and Executive Team Member
Karl Deakin smallKarl joined us in November 2013. As Company Secretary and Solicitor, he is responsible for overseeing the governance of the organisation and providing legal and compliance advice on the entire range of issues which the CRC faces. Karl reports to the board of directors, as well as acting as a business partner for the executive and senior teams.

Previously a partner in a top 100 law firm, Karl has extensive experience of supporting businesses and charities with legal problems, particularly relating to employment law and corporate governance. He is also Secretary to Trustees of the Edridge Fund, a registered charity which provides financial support to probation and family court staff and their families in times of difficulty.

 

Gavin Pearce, Head of Communications
GavinPearceGavin joined the West Midlands Probation Area in 2002, with a postgraduate in journalism and experience of working at Harrow Council press office in London.

During the last 12 years, Gavin has been on secondment to the Home Office, has worked in Turkey to train staff in their emergent probation service and worked as a volunteer on the News Desk for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Gavin has extensive experience of stakeholder communications and has developed innovative ways to engage with them. In 2012, he was awarded a National Probation Award by the Ministry of Justice for his work in developing a unique website portal which offers e-learning to Magistrates across Staffordshire & the West Midlands.

 

Paula Whelan, Head of Diversity & Professional Standards
Paula Whelan sqPaula has worked for the Probation Service for 23 years, joining Cambridgeshire Probation in 1991 as a Probation Officer. She worked in field teams, the courts and a Category C Prison. Following promotion to Senior Probation Officer she managed a team within a High Security prison and then a field team before moving to the West Midlands in 2004 to take up post as Equality and Diversity Manager.

She became the Head of Diversity in 2010 with responsibility for ensuring compliance with equality legislation; relevant policies and practice guidance are in place, equality and diversity is integral to the work of the organisation and senior managers are made aware of areas of service delivery/staffing where there are equality and diversity issues/risks and to assist in developing processes to resolve these.

 

David Knott, Head of HR Services and Executive Team Member
David KnottPrior to joining Probation Service in 2007, David worked for Centrica, British Gas for a total of 27 years in which time he moved across several areas of the business, having careers in Operations, Sales and Human Resources. David held various managerial and leadership roles within Centrica whilst attaining business qualifications at degree and post graduate level. Professionally, David is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Since joining Probation Service in 2007, David has been employed as the Head of HR at West Mercia Probation Board prior to joining the West Midlands Probation Board as HR Business Partner in 2008. In 2010, David led the ‘people’ aspects of the successful merger with Staffordshire Probation Board and the subsequent harmonisation project for policies and working practices.

More recently, following an internal restructure in 2012, David re-launched his department as HR Services, in order to meet the emerging needs of the Trust. In 2013, David was seconded to the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme, as Midlands HR Hub Lead, providing a professional HR service to all six former Trusts in the Midlands Region. David returned to take up his role as Head of HR Services for the CRC.