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 DirectorateAdrian McNulty, Operational Director and Executive Team Member
Paul Levy, Head of Service Excellence (DLNR and SWM)
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
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 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.
Kate McConnell, Head of Performance (DLNR and SWM)
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 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.
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 DirectorateKarl Deakin, Company Secretary and Solicitor and Executive Team Member
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
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
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
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.