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Dr Jo Farrar to head up HM Prison and Probation Service
Dr Jo Farrar, Director General for Local Government and Public Services at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will leave the post after being appointed as the next Chief Executive of HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).
She takes up her new post on April 1, succeeding Michael Spurr who is leaving the role after nine years, as was announced in September last year
Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Communities Secretary, said:
“I am extremely grateful to Jo for her relentless dedication and commitment to local government during a period where the system has faced real challenges.
"Her focus has been unwavering on doing the best for her staff, as well as turning innovative policies on communities and public service reform in to tangible actions with real results. She is an example of the very best of public service and I wish her all the best in her new role.”
Farrah has been in her role at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government since 2016. Before that, she served as Chief Executive first at Bath and North-East Somerset Council and then at Bridgend County Borough Council.
Prior to those roles, Jo spent 16 years in central government – with both the Home Office and Cabinet Office. Her public service career started in the Parole Unit of the Prison Service, in 1987.
Dr Jo Farrar said: “I am hugely honoured by the opportunity to lead HMPPS at such an important time. It is a service that is critical to protecting the public and helping people turn their lives around. Early in my career, my work in prisons and probation gave me a lasting commitment to public service and a passion to make a difference. I am delighted to return.
The issues we face in our prisons, and the need to put vital probation services onto a strong footing, are well known. Working alongside the dedicated people in all parts of HMPPS, I look forward to addressing these challenges and delivering improvement over the years to come as we create an outstanding service of which we can all be proud.”