Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Case Management, Somerset
Peter Brandt has worked in probation for approximately 30 years. He has had various roles including managing Community Payback, working in the courts, and running programmes. As a trained Probation Officer, he has worked in the Worcester and Somerset areas, specialising in working with perpetrators of domestic violence or those who had committed sexual offences or racially aggravated offences. As a manager, he had responsibility for several approved premises. Later, Peter became involved in a project, funded by the European Social Fund, aimed at getting people who have offended back into employment. Moving into the Business Development Unit, Peter had oversight of performance reporting across the Avon and Somerset area.
In 2011, he was appointed to the post of Assistant Chief Officer managing offender management in both South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset local authority areas. Upon transition to the community rehabilitation company, he moved to lead the Somerset local delivery unit, later taking on the additional responsibilities for contract compliance and the Dorset local delivery unit. In 2019, he moved back to the Assistant Chief Probation Officer role for Somerset.
Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Case Management, Bristol and South Gloucestershire
Marilyn qualified as a Probation Officer in 1992. Her previous employment, in both the Metropolitan Police and children’s social services, has given her a good understanding of partnership working. Marilyn has several strategic and leadership management qualifications which she attained whilst working in the probation services. Her current interests include Integrated Offender Management, mental health and addictive behaviours. Marilyn is keen to continue to work closely with local magistrates and judges who can use our effective case management services and suite of accredited interventions to reduce reoffending.
Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Case Management, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire
Richard has worked for the probation service for 25 years in various roles including unpaid work, approved premises, accredited programmes and offender management. He qualified as a probation officer in 1997 with the Diploma in Social Work from Cheltenham and Gloucestershire University. In 2015, Richard obtained the Institute of Leadership and Management level 7 award.
Richard has specialised in areas such as volunteers and mentors, domestic abuse, serious further offences, and service user engagement. In 2014, he was appointed Assistant Chief Officer for Gloucestershire before his role was extended to also include responsibility for Wiltshire area. Richard remains very focused on developing pathways for service users in the community to aid their resettlement and reintegration as well as partnership working.
Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Interventions, South West
Rosie has worked in the probation service for over 33 years. With a background of working in mental health and homelessness in London, she moved to Bristol after qualifying as a probation officer.
Rosie has worked in courts, prisons and programmes, before becoming a Practice Development Assessor, managing trainee probation officers for six years.
Her first management role was with Integrated Offender Management across South Gloucestershire and Bath and South East Somerset, establishing strong partnership working in both areas.
After the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme, Rosie became the lead for women’s services for the then two community rehabilitation companies in the south-west of England. Rosie is passionate about ensuring the needs of women involved in the criminal justice system are identified, their adverse childhood experiences are properly addressed through interventions, and staff are engaged in delivering trauma-informed approaches. She collaborates with both national and local partner agencies to build a whole system approach to working with women at each stage of the criminal justice system.
Rosie was appointed Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Head of Interventions South West, in October 2018 and oversees the delivery of accredited programmes and group rehabilitation activity requirement activities across our two south-west probation services.
Assistant Chief Officer, Administration and Facilities
Melissa has worked in the probation service since 2007, during which time she managed teams across various operations; Administration, ETE and Accommodation, Offender Management, Unpaid Work and Interventions, as well as leading on numerous projects to improve and develop the service, systems and processes. Melissa is currently leading on the review and development of the estates portfolio across the South West, using the knowledge and experience she has gained from previous roles which has proven invaluable when considering operational viability. As Assistant Chief Officer for Admin and Facilities for the South West she is responsible for quality delivery of case administration and reception services, as well as the day to day managements of the estates, ensuring all sites are safe and accessible to work and learn across all seven counties.
Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Research and Policy Development
Since qualifying in 2003 as a Probation Officer in London, Debbie has managed a variety of multi-disciplinary teams, including courts and integrated offender management (IOM). She has an impressive track record, working with key criminal justice stakeholders and partners. Amongst other projects, Debbie steered the design and implementation of a multi-agency domestic abuse perpetrators panel (MADAPP) and led the development and implementation of a harmonised integrated service user management framework across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Debbie has revised Seetec Group’s safeguarding policies and procedures, led the design of its safeguarding recording apps and the implementation of these new policies and procedures across UK and Ireland operations. Debbie is now responsible for policy development and our research unit ensuring that policy and practice is responding to emerging and evolving trends in probation, crime and criminal justice.
Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Learning and Development
Jane has over 14 years’ experience of working in probation, spanning case management, integrated offender management, group work interventions and court work. As a former Quality Development Officer, Vocational Qualifications Assessor and most recently a Practice Development Manager, she is passionate about helping people to grow through learning and development opportunities and has delivered training to probation staff. As well as being a qualified Probation Officer, Jane holds teaching, workplace coaching, assessing and quality assurance qualifications and is also an Ofqual Expert . She leads on the internal quality assurer for probation practice qualifications our in-house Vocational Qualification Centre delivers, chairs the level 3 probation practice apprenticeship development group and is developing the level 6 probation officer apprenticeship with other employees. Jane has responsibility for developing the strategy for practice learning and development across all our KSS CRC regions.
Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Community Payback, South West
Elaine started with the probation service as a Trainee Probation Officer in 1993. Following her probation officer qualification, she has held practitioner, middle and senior management roles including Team Manager, Head of Dorset Local Delivery Unit, Head of Interventions, Head of Operational Hubs South West and Assistant Chief Probation Officer (ACPO) for Dorset offender management. Elaine is now ACPO for Community Payback.