Sir Martin Narey (Patron)
Born 1955 in Middlesbrough, the eighth of nine children. After graduating from Sheffield Polytechnic, he started his working life in the NHS before beginning Prison Governor training in 1982. Then he worked at Lincoln Prison, Deerbolt Borstal (Barnard Castle) and Frankland High Security Prison (Durham City) before moving to a succession of Whitehall posts. This period included work on reducing delay in the criminal justice system and led to the introduction of 'Narey Courts' which succeeded in significantly reducing court delays.
He returned to the Prison Service in 1996 as Head of Security Policy before joining the Prisons Board as Director of resettlement in 1997. He was appointed Director General of Prisons in 1998. Following a merger of Prisons and Probation in 2003 he became the first CEO of the National Offender Management Service.
Sir Martin resigned in 2005 to become Chief Executive of Barnardo's. After a very successful five years during which he chaired 'The Campaign To End Child Poverty' and during which Barnardo's grew by 40% to become, once again, the UK's biggest children's charity, he left in 2011 to spend more time at his home in North Yorkshire.
He advises Michael Gove and the Department for Education on children's social care. He is Chair of the Portman Group Complaints Panel and is a member of the Board of the Advertising Standards Authority.
He writes regularly for The Times and other newspapers and is a visiting Professor at the Universities of Durham and Sheffied Hallam.
He has been married for 34 years to Jan and they have two adult children.
A true pioneer, Sir Martin has been a distinguished public servant for many years, serving at the highest levels across Whitehall, the Criminal Justice System and the third sector.
Sir Martin Narey has published frequently in the Guardian, Telegraph, Times and the New Statesman.
Sir Martin was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to vulnerable people.