After university, I was a prison psychologist for nineteen years before moving to
the central Home Office, then in Queen Anne’s Gate, and working on:
- animal welfare (scientific procedures, dangerous dogs, seals, badgers etc)
- child protection
- the probation service
- the introduction of electronic tagging
- charities and the voluntary sector
As Head of the Home Office’s Criminal Policy Strategy Unit,
I dealt with (amongst other things):
- race equality and race crime;
- violence against women; and
- implementating the Human Rights Act 1998 in the
Criminal Justice System
before becoming the first Crime Reduction Director for the
South East of England.
I remain passionate about crime issues. In particular, I am concerned about the extreme danger to which women (and their children) are exposed the moment they signify that they wish to end a relationship – for that is when they are murdered. The world would become a safer place if that single, simple fact were more widely appreciated. Several of my speeches bang on about this.
I have included as well a think-piece I gave in March 2014 about the future of Salcombe Harbour (last on the list).