Ian Lawrence's Blog

A 30 minute break from what is as I expected, a testing but extremely thorough E3 Job Evaluation meeting with senior NOMS management, gives me an opportunity to bury any notion that Napo has entered the appeal mechanism having already decided...Read more

05th Aug 2016

Our introductory meeting on Tuesday with Liz Truss the new Secretary of State for Justice and Sam Gyimah, the Probations and Prisons Minister, turned out to be a very positive exchange. Despite a tight timescale, the probation unions offered a...Read more

29th Jul 2016

In terms of political frenzy it’s been pretty much more of the same whilst I was away on a short break.

My long time prediction here at Chivalry Road that Theresa May would see off all ‘would be’ Prime ministers proved correct, and as a...Read more

22nd Jul 2016

The end of another adrenalin fuelled week where I have traversed a good portion of England engaging with members, employers and probation stakeholders.

First off was a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into the National Audit...Read more

08th Jul 2016

If last weeks post-Brexit vote developments represented a political earthquake, then the aftershocks have followed in huge waves over the ensuing days.

There is too much going on to even start to offer any rational commentary on the...Read more

01st Jul 2016
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“See EU later David”, is about the only bit of humour that I can muster this morning after what is probably

24th Jun 2016

Hatred is the real enemy

In a week that started with another mass killing in the USA linked to homophobia, and which included another series of indiscriminate bomb attacks in Turkey and, yesterday, the dreadful murder of...Read more

17th Jun 2016

NOMS launch a Probation System Review

In previous postings I have highlighted the key findings of independent reports into probation by the National Audit Office, The Cabinet Office (Through the Gate) and latterly, the new...Read more

10th Jun 2016

There is rarely a better time to construct a reflective blog posting than after having had the pleasure of addressing members at a branch general meeting.

Wednesday evenings trip to Southampton and the members of Hampshire and Isle of...Read more
03rd Jun 2016

Dame Glenys Stacey, the new HMIP supremo has wasted no time in stamping her forensically impressive style on her new department’s activities.

While I have always been impressed by the work of her predecessors, this week’s fifth post-...Read more

27th May 2016