Executive Committee

The PCA  is governed by a Council comprising the Chief Executive Officers of the Probation Trusts in England and Wales. Its business is managed by an Executive Committee and a Business Office.


Sue Hall – Chair
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Sue has been working in probation for 33 years. She started her professional life as a probation officer with Humberside Probation Service. Sue moved to West Yorkshire as deputy Chief Officer in 2000, spent a year as Chief Officer in South Wales, then returned to West Yorkshire as Chief Officer (now Chief Executive) in 2006.

Sue is passionate about the potential for probation to transform lives to make communities safer. She promotes this through her role as Chair of the Probation Chiefs Association which acts as the professional voice of the senior leadership of probation. She is also Chair of the West Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board.

Sue is also keen to promote better relationships between probation organisations in Europe and sits on the board of the CEP, the European Organisation for Probation. She is portfolio lead for the PCA International Group and joint portfolio lead for Research and Development.

John Budd – Vice Chair
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John Budd took up the post of Chief Executive Officer with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Probation Trust with effect from 1 April 2010.

He has worked in the Probation Service since 1979 starting in Hampshire as a  Probation Officer and moving to Derbyshire in 1987 as Senior Probation Officer.  He become an Assistant Chief Probation Officer in 1994 in Essex and become the Chief Probation Officer in Suffolk in 2001.

John was involved in piloting the European Excellence Model (EEM) in the Probation Service and with others designed the Romanian EEM.


Nick Smart – Vice Chair

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John Wiseman
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Having qualified as a Probation Officer in 1981, John Wiseman has extensive knowledge and experience of working in the field of Criminal Justice both in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including 12 years’ experience in senior management positions.

Whilst working for the Avon and Somerset Probation Area (2001 – 2007) he was instrumental in leading, together with the police, on the development and implementation of one of the first Prolific and other Priority Offender (PPO) schemes in the country – the forerunners of the Integrated Offender Management (IOM) schemes which now exist across the country.

For the last 5 years he has served as the Chief Executive of the Dorset Probation Trust and was responsible for leading Dorset to Trust status.

A former Chair and active member of the Dorset Criminal Justice Board, John is a passionate believer in the value of partnership working and he has been at the ‘cutting edge’ of the development of a ‘partnership’ approach to the work of the service both locally and nationally with extensive experience of working with a variety of partner agencies from the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

A member of the Executive of the Probation Chiefs Association (PCA), John now leads for the PCA on issues of commissioning and competition.

Tessa Webb
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Tessa joined the Probation Service in 1980 with Oxfordshire Probation, working in the bail hostel as an Assistant Warden. Tessa qualified as a probation officer with an MA at the University of East Anglia in 1983.

From 1983 – 1993 Tessa worked in a variety of operational probation officer posts in North East London, before transferring to Essex Probation and working in a variety of management  roles. In 2004 Tessa joined the Home Office as Deputy Head of Public Protection with  responsibility  for the Multi-Agency Public Protection Agency Arrangements (MAPPA)  Child Protection, Sex Offenders, Serious Further Offences and leading a Risk of Harm improvement strategy. Tessa contributed to the Child Sex Offender review in 2006 joining the Home Secretary’s fact finding team to America concerning ‘Megan’s law’ and presented on behalf of the Probation Service at the International Dangerous Offender Conference in Ottawa.

In December 2006 Tessa joined Hertfordshire Probation Area as Chief Officer. The performance improvement achieved by Hertfordshire Probation has been widely recognised and the probation service is now embedded within a strong criminal justice partnership ethos within Hertfordshire.

As a founder member of the Probation Chiefs Association (PCA),  Tessa previously was Deputy Lead for Public Protection and is  now Portfolio lead for the Localism business area (Big Society, Community Safety Partnerships, Community Budgets, Health & Well Being Boards, Police & Crime Commissioners). In May 2011 Tessa represented the PCA and gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee, which was examining the Role of the Probation Service.

Recently Tessa  became a  member of the  Academy  for  Justice Commissioning Executive Group.


Fiona Bauermeister – ACO London PT
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Co-Opted Executive Members

Neil Moloney
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Neil Moloney began his career in Probation with Warwickshire Probation Service in 1994. He is currently Head of Leeds Probation and has over 8 years of senior management experience within West Yorkshire Probation Trust.  Neil has a reputation for promoting innovative partnership work and has a keen professional interest in desistance and recovery theories particularly with substance misusing and high risk offenders. He has PCA policy lead for service user involvement and is an active member of the PCA Localism and Police and Crime Commissioner portfolio groups.

Sonia Crozier
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Sonia Crozier was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive and Service Director of London Probation Trust in November 2011.

Sonia began working as a probation officer in London in 1988 and has since gained extensive experience throughout the service.

From 2006 – 2008 she held a senior post at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice with a brief of improving the performance of probation areas throughout England and Wales. In 2008 Sonia was appointed as Chief Executive of Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust and was involved in a ground breaking scheme in providing probation officers with enhanced freedoms to determine about how they work with offenders. The lessons learnt on the project have now been applied to inform the revised Professional Standards.

Sonia’s duties in London involve the delivery of the annual business plan, representing LPT on a range of strategic partnership groups.


Savas Hadjipavlou – Chief Executive
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Ben Ritchie – Policy & Seminar Officer
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Catherine Sinclair-Jones – Executive Assistant
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Paul Davies – Company Secretary
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The Probation Chiefs Association is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales; Registration Number 6668048.

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