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Our people

At Wales Probation Services, having a skilled workforce is essential for us to deliver successful rehabilitation services that help people on probation to change their behaviour. We invest in staff to train the probation experts of the future.

Our employees’ shared motivation and goal is to reduce reoffending and keep safe the communities in which we operate.

Executive team

Suki Binning

Chief Executive, KSS CRC
Suki led Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) through transition to the private sector. Suki has worked for over 23 years in probation and is a passionate advocate for its role in protecting the public and helping people to turn away from crime. Under her leadership, government inspectors judged KSS CRC's leadership as outstanding and praised the service for its innovative work with service users. In 2018, the area became the first in the UK to launch an academic research unit for probation work, drawing on probation and academic expertise to evaluate what works to reduce reoffending. Suki is a qualified probation officer and has previously worked at the Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service - now called Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) - and inspectorate on national policy and standards.
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Dawn Blower

Chief Probation Officer
Dawn has worked in probation since 2005, holding local delivery and business development roles. She previously managed the performance information unit, contract management function and aspects of commercial affairs. She has held strategic leads for restorative justice, offender health and employment, training and education. Dawn holds a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Prior to joining probation Dawn worked on business planning and development for South Wales Police.
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Cynthia Allen

Deputy Chief Probation Officer, KSS CRC
Cynthia is a qualified probation officer. She has over 30 years' experience of working in the criminal justice system including London, Merseyside and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Probation Services. Cynthia has worked in a range of roles based in the community, in prison and in approved premises, including responsibility for the delivery of Community Payback and rehabilitative programmes. Cynthia has been a senior leader for the last 13 years and is currently Deputy Chief Probation Officer, with a particular focus on service development. Cynthia believes strongly that individuals have the capacity to make positive changes in their lives and that the reduction of reoffending requires good engagement with service users and strong partnership working.
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Graaham Wines

Deputy Chief Executive, KSS CRC
Graham has worked across both public and private sectors, shaping organisational approach to change and people management. As a previous Head of HR for a variety of companies, he brings a track record of understanding the strategic needs of an organisation and delivering solutions to enable success. Graham now brings this strategic and practical experience to KSS CRC’s Excellence and Effectiveness function, where he will be ensuring that the community rehabilitation company's (CRC) strategy and leadership, policy and process, as well as innovation and culture, are aligned and all working together to achieve our objectives.
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Senior leadership team

David Bebb

Assistant Chief Officer, Community Payback
David has worked in criminal justice for over 30 years firstly in the courts, then electronic tagging before joining probation in 2000. In his spare time, he is a chorister in the world-famous Treorchy Male Choir.
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David Johnson

Assistant Chief Officer, Head of Interventions
David has worked for over 35 years in the criminal justice system, including within the police service, Ministry of Justice and probation service, undertaking leadership roles in all three organisations. David has broad experience of partnership working across Wales, stakeholder engagement, performance management, and business development. He is committed to keeping communities safe and reducing reoffending by ensuring the delivery of high quality, evidence informed and cost-effective interventions across Wales. As Head of Service for Interventions, David is responsible with colleagues in the Interventions Team for the successful development and growth of a range of functions, including volunteering and mentoring, Restorative Justice services, attendance centres for young adults, the delivery of accredited programmes and Interventions to address criminogenic needs.
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Debbie Piggott

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 applications 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 policy and practice is responding to emerging and evolving trends in probation, crime and criminal justice.
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Jane Port

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.
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