Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Prisons

Phil Copple


Phil Copple was appointed Director, Public Sector Prisons at the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in January 2013. Phil has worked in offender management for over 23 years.

His previous roles include:

  • agency board member, NOMS
  • Director, High Security, NOMS
  • Director, National Operational Services, NOMS
  • North East Director, Offender Management, NOMS
  • Area Manager, North East prisons
  • Governor, Deerbolt Young Offenders’ Institution and Frankland High Security prison

Chief Operating Officer

Responsible for day-to-day core business and operational delivery across NOMS in England including:

  • National Probation Service
  • Public Sector Prisons
  • Contract management delivery (community and custody)

Executive Director, Prisons

Professional Head of Prisons

Responsible for:

  • adult prisons in England (public and private)
  • operational prison contracts
  • prison reform programme implementation:
    • safety
    • security
    • offender management in custody

Previous roles in government

  1. Director, Public Sector Prisons

    • 2013 to 2016