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Amy Rees

Director General for Probation & Wales - HM Prison & Probation Service

Amy Rees was appointed the interim Director General of Probation and Wales in January 2019. She is responsible for the leadership of the probation service, managing the deployment of rehabilitation services across both custody and community, with accountability for public protection protocols across both public and private providers.

Her previous posts include Executive Director for HM Prison and Probation Service in Wales, where she was responsible for both the prison and probation system in Wales, and was the lead interface with Welsh Government on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. In addition, Amy was responsible for the wider HMPPS strategy and whole system development England and Wales.

Prior to this, Amy was Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Justice, where she was responsible for all business with which the Ministerial Team dealt with and had overall management responsibility for Private Office Directorate at the Ministry of Justice.

Amy has led on two priority programmes at the Ministry of Justice, both of which delivered significant changes and major savings, whilst maintaining complex delivery regimes. Firstly, as Head of Workforce Strategy, where she was responsible for designing and leading a comprehensive restructure of Public Sector Prisons. Then as a Deputy Director on the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme, responsible for designing and delivering the organisational restructure of the Probation Service and Through the Gate services.

Amy started her career in the Prison Service and has worked at several establishments including HMP Lewes, High Down and Bristol, before being appointed Governor at HMP Brixton in 2008. Under her leadership, Brixton made huge strides, this was evidenced by the significant reduction in Prisoner self-harm, staff sickness and drug test failure rates. In November 2010 Amy won both the Civil Service Award for leadership and the overall Cabinet Secretary Award for the changes and improvements made to the regime at HMP Brixton.