Probation Board and Members
The role of the Lancashire Probation Trust Board is to oversee the work of the National Probation Service in the Lancashire area. The Board is accountable to the regional Director of Offender Management for the performance and delivery of services throughout the county. It is also responsible for meeting national targets. The area Service is scrutinised by HM Inspectorate of Probation and local and district auditors.
The main duties of the Board are to:
- employ the area Service`s staff;
- provide for efficient probation work in the Lancashire area;
- oversee the area`s annual budget; and
- ensure that offenders and the community know about the work of
Probation and understand probation services.
All Board members seek to be aware of the views of people in
Board members welcome opportunities in their local areas to hear local opinion and are willing attend local meetings.
Board members can be contacted by writing to :
Lancashire Probation Trust
Tel. 01772 201209
- Roy Male CBE, MA - Chairman
- Kevin Robinson - Chief Executive
- David Booker
- Leslie Sewell JP
- Christine Threlfall
- Charu Ainscough
Roy Male CBE, MA
Educated at Nottingham High School and King’s College School, Wimbledon. Philosophy graduate of St. John’s College, Cambridge.
Joined the NHS as a management trainee and worked for 35 years in the North-west and East Anglia, where for a brief period he served as a JP on the Norwich Bench.
Spent over 20 years in personnel management before becoming Chief Executive of Addenbrooke’s Hospital , Cambridge and then Chief Executive of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Hospitals. Awarded CBE in 2003 for services to the NHS.
Has family links in Lancashire, and in earlier years lived in Ormskirk and Charnock Richard before his return to live on the Fylde Coast. He is a member of St Anne’s Rotary, plays for St Anne’s cricket club in the Fylde League, and enjoys keyboard.
Since retirement from full time work he is :
Independent Member, Disciplinary Tribunals, ILEX
Independent Member, Standards Committee, Lancashire Combined Fire Authority
Appointed as the Chairman of the Board to NPS - Lancashire on 1 April 2007.
Kevin Robinson took up his post as Chief Executive on 31 October 2011. He was previously Director of operations for interventions, partnerships and community engagement at Northumbria.
After an initial career as an engineer, Kevin started working as a volunteer for a school in 1984 and from there took a job as an assistant warden at a hostel in Crook. He completed his CQSW at Teeside University and got his first job as a probation officer in Stockton in 1988.
He became a team manager in 1994 at South Bank, Middlesborough and worked as an ACO in Northamptonshire and North Yorkshire, before joining NOMS. Kevin’s role at NOMS was in the performance and improvement unit, in a consultancy role, offering advice after completing a diagnostic assessment of the different areas performances, and then demonstrating how to drive improvement and performance. He returned to the North East in 2008 in his role at Northumbria Probation Trust.
Kevin is married with three children and originates from Darlington. A rugby enthusiast, he played for Darlington from the age of 14, and for Hartlepool Rovers as wing forward from 1979 to 1992.
David recently retired as Head of Volunteer Development (UK) within Barnardo’s, the children’s charity. He joined Barnardo’s in 1983 as Assistant Director (North West) and was involved in developing new services throughout the region, including projects to support young people leaving care. During this period he gained an MSc in management studies. David trained initially as a social worker in inner city areas specialising in work with young offenders. He worked for Lancashire Social Services Department for a number of years in a variety of roles including voluntary sector development and emergency planning.
Leslie Sewell JP
Mr Sewell is employed by the Edexcel Foundation, a leading provider of Further Education and Vocational Qualifications. He is a Centre Quality Reviewer and a Quality Standards Supervisor vetting the work of specialist External Standards Verifiers working with High Schools, Colleges, and Training Organisations. Previously he worked as a vocational consultant and scrutineer for the Distributive Occupational Standards Council.
He also enjoyed a 32 year career with British Telecom for which he held a variety of engineering and management appointments. He is a long serving magistrate and chairs the adult Courts in Wigan. A graduate of Lancashire Polytechnic and Liverpool John Moores University Business School, he holds a BA in Business Studies, a Diploma in Management and an MSc in Human Resource Development. He is married with two adult daughters.
Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development, is a senior Human Resources Manager, with over 35 years experience. After studying Business Studies her early career was in manufacturing industry in the 1970s and early 1980s. Following a short break when her children were born she returned to full-time employment in 1983 with North British Housing, now Places for People, one of the largest national social housing and regeneration groups in the country. Her experience covers all aspects of HR management, including successfully leading the people aspects of several major national change and expansion programmes. She retired from full-time employment in July 2006.
Mrs Charu Ainscough has, since 1975, been actively involved, in both a professional and voluntary capacity, with promoting good community and race relations. She has been responsible for setting up a number of voluntary organisations whose objectives are to enhance the status, life chances and skills of, and resources available to, minority ethnic communities and in particular women.
She was born in Uganda, educated in India, Uganda and England where she qualified at the Bar. Since then she has also completed a Diploma in Management Studies and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development qualification. She served as a Magistrate for 18 years and then in 1999 as a Non-Executive Director for both Preston Guild Community Healthcare Trust NHS Trust and then the Preston Primary Health Care Trust till 2005/6.
Charu’s current voluntary activities include the role of Chair of the Lancashire Constabulary’s Strategic Independent Advisory Group, Executive Committee member of the Lancashire Forum of Faiths, founder Board member of Preston Mela Trust and co-opted Governor of Cardinal Newman College.
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