Pia Sinha qualified as a chartered psychologist and started her prison career in 1999, working in London’s Holloway women’s prison. Her primary focus as a psychologist was working with offenders with personality disorders and setting up services within the custodial environment that helped offenders address serious self-harm and violent behaviour.
Having worked as a psychologist, in many of the London and Surrey prisons, including Wormwood scrubs and Wandsworth prison, in 2009, Pia was selected on a fast-track scheme. Through this scheme Pia had to train and work as a prison officer and received operational training. Following a number of senior management positions, Pia came to the North-west on promotion to Deputy Governor for HMP Liverpool in 2012. This was followed by her first Governorship at HMP Thorn Cross in Cheshire and then HMP Risley two years later.
Pia has been Governor at HMP Liverpool since November 2017. This appointment was a managed move in response to the poor and high profile inspection that took place in September 2017. HMP Liverpool’s re-inspection is imminent and Pia and her senior team have been working on a number of complex projects to deliver improvements on all the ‘healthy prison tests’ as identified during the inspection.