Elizabeth Moody becomes acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

New Acting Ombudsman
Elizabeth Moody

Today, Elizabeth Moody became acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman on the retirement of Nigel Newcomen CBE.

This is an interim arrangement while the recruitment of a permanent Ombudsman is completed.

Elizabeth has a wealth of experience in a wide range of Civil Service posts, and has been the Deputy Ombudsman responsible for investigating complaints by prisoners, probation supervisees and immigration detainees, since 2009.

Elizabeth said, “It is a privilege to be stepping into the role of Acting Ombudsman.  My aim will be to maintain the PPO’s reputation as a professional and influential organisation by:

  • continuing to produce investigations of a high quality;
  • promoting the lessons from our investigations to help make custody and community supervision fairer and safer; and
  • ensuring the office is in the best possible shape for the arrival of a new permanent Ombudsman.

“I will be assisted by the two excellent Deputy Ombudsman – Richard Pickering (Fatal Incidents) and Kimberley Bingham (Learning Lessons and Strategic Support) – and by the dedicated team of staff across all parts of the office. We look forward to working together to maintain momentum and prepare for the appointment of a new Ombudsman.”

1 August 2017