Recruitment of Chief Executive of Merseyside Probation Trust.
Firstly, I would like to thank you for your interest in, and hopefully your application for, this pivotal role in our Trust. John Stafford, our present Chief Executive is retiring after many years in the organisation; the last 13 years as Chief of this Trust. He is very highly regarded locally, regionally and nationally, and whoever follows him will have a wonderful foundation upon which to build.
Merseyside Probation Trust (MPT) is a multi-award winning organisation, known for its innovative approach to offender management and engagement. Its dedicated staff have won 11 prestigious Butler Trust awards over a period of just four years, more than any other Probation Trust in the country; and a further nomination has been shortlisted for this year’s awards. Projects of note include dedicated women’s centres, a mentoring scheme for black and minority ethnic offenders, a project for Forces’ veterans and schemes to improve offender health. Each of these projects has helped change the lives of offenders, and contributed to the reduction of reoffending across the area. MPT is an EQFM 5* organisation, strong on performance, but with a deep set of values driving our service.
With a population of just over 1.4 million, Merseyside is an area that has extremes of wealth and poverty, and can, in places be strongly tribal. It is an area rich in history and culture, and its people are proud and inspirational.
Along with the rest of the public sector, MPT is working in a context of reducing budgets, and is being challenged to re-evaluate its models of service delivery in the arena of commercial competition. The Trust sits alongside many other players in the justice sector, with a wide range of partners and stakeholders; the successful candidate will have to deliver, lead and inspire within this complex backdrop. A priority will be to lead the service in winning contracts that will deliver reducing numbers of crime victims, whilst helping to transform the lives of offenders across the area.
Against the backdrop of these challenges, we are looking for a candidate who can inspire and empower the people working for us and with us. We are looking to build on our national reputation, to develop even better relationships with our partners and stakeholders, and to forge new alliances. I have no doubt whatsoever that the Trust will meet the challenges that await us, and that it will strive to maintain the values that are firmly embedded in the organisation. You could be a part of this exciting future!
I hope that the opportunity to lead this wonderful organisation has excited your interest, and I look forward to receiving your application.
Chair of Merseyside Probation Trust.