Director General of Probation, Wales and Youth, HMPPS

Amy Rees

Biography

Amy Rees is the Director General of Probation, Wales and Youth in HMPPS.

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.

Amy also covers all HMPPS operations in Wales, including public and private prisons, the probation system, and the Ministry of Justice’s relationship with the Welsh Government.

From September 2021, Amy also took on responsibility for the Youth Custody Service (which is part of HMPPS), including current operations and supporting its work to shape the future of children’s services in custody.

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 the lead interface with Welsh Government on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

Amy started her career in the Prison Service and worked at several establishments including HMP Lewes, High Down and Bristol, before being appointed Governor at HMP Brixton in 2008.

Her previous roles include: Head of Workforce Strategy, where she led a comprehensive restructure of Public Sector Prisons; Deputy Director on the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme, responsible for designing and delivering the organisational restructure of the Probation Services; and Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Justice.

Director General of Probation, Wales and Youth, HMPPS

Her responsibilities include:

  • Leadership of the Probation Service including oversight of effective delivery of Probation Services including advice to court, community sentences, post-release supervision of offenders, provision of approved premises, victim liaison.

  • Strategic leadership and oversight of the Youth Custody Service and the delivery of its core objectives.

  • Leading for the HMPPS on Public Protection (including Multi Agency Public Protection arrangements to manage high risk offenders), sentence liaison, and work to support the Parole Board process.

  • All HMPPS operations in Wales, including public and private prisons, the probation system and the Ministry’s relationship with the Welsh Government.

Probation Service, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, Ministry of Justice, and Youth Custody Service