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NPM Chair Wendy Sinclair-Gieben announces resignation

His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland and Chair of the UK NPM Wendy Sinclair-Gieben will be stepping down from her post on 31 August. Wendy was elected Chair by the NPM membership in 2022, and has been Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland since 2018.

Head of UK NPM Sam Gluckstein comments, “Wendy has brought her considerable expertise from an impressive career to her role as NPM Chair. She has championed fully embedding the OPCAT mandate within detention monitoring bodies and demits her role with a legacy to be proud of.”

Headshot of Wendy Sinclair-Gieben
Wendy Sinclair-Gieben – UK NPM Chair

Wendy started her career as a teacher working with children with special needs in the North West Territories of Canada. She learned to appreciate the complex elements that can lead to social marginalisation or exclusion and the need for them to be recognised and addressed. In 1998 she transferred to working in prisons and throughout her prison career in the UK and Australian prison services she has won awards and recognition for her work in rehabilitation and reintegration. In particular, she was presented with the prestigious Lord Justice Woolf award for Resettlement in the UK and the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) award for Operator and Service Provider Excellence in Perth, Australia. She was recognised by the IPA as an important pathfinder in how governments can drive better public services.