Becks began her career in the Probation Service before moving on to run the Witness Service for victims of crime at the Old Bailey. A change of direction saw Becks join the Ministry of Defence where postings in secretariat, procurement, project management and policy followed. Becks then switched departments and went back to her criminal justice roots joining Her Majesty’s Prison Service as a prison governor. After postings to adult male and young offender institutions, Becks was appointed Governor at an adult female prison for those serving 4 years and above.
In early 2010 Becks was appointed Head of the Rule of Law team at the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand, Afghanistan with a team of Danish, American and British civilian and military police, lawyers and prison advisors to support Afghan Rule of Law development. This was an ideal opportunity to combine her criminal justice and defence experience.
After 15 months in Afghanistan, Becks returned to the UK and joined the UK Advanced Command and Staff Course as one of five civilian students amongst 280 UK and international military colleagues. Becks was the Stabilisation Unit (SU) sponsored student for this this course. Shortly after completion, Becks was appointed Deputy Head UK Stabilisation Unit where she spent a significant period of time in Libya and Somalia on security, justice and defence programming as well as in Eastern Ukraine assessing the security situation for UK secondees. Becks returned to Afghanistan almost 4 years to the day that she left to take up the post of Deputy Head of DFID Kabul in June 2015. She finished this post in November 2016 and after a break took up the post of Head of Office DFID South Sudan in April this year.
Becks has a Masters in Defence Studies, from Kings College London. She also spent seventeen years in the British army (either as a regular or reservist officer) which saw her take part in operations overseas in Bosnia in 1995 and Kosovo in 1999 as well as the years in between serving in the UK. She resigned her commission in 2007 upon completion of command of a reservist Logistics Squadron.
Head of DFID South Sudan
The head of a DFID country office has overall responsibility for the running of the office and its programmes.