The National Chair and Management Board provide leadership for IMBs and set strategy in the context of IMB independence and statutory obligations. Regional Representatives provide support for Boards in the regions and are a key link with the Management Board and Chair, ensuring that the needs and views of the regions are integral to the development of national strategies, policies and plans.

IMB National Chair, Dame Anne Owers

Dame Anne Owers has been appointed as the National Chair of the IMBs by the Secretary of State for Justice. Her term currently runs until 31 May 2022.

The Management Board

Anne Owers (National Chair)

Jane Leech (Yarl’s Wood)

Keith Jamieson (Nottingham)

Will Baker (Dover)

Pauline Fellows (Isis)

Kevin Whiteside (Bedford)

Lynne Chambers (Haverigg)

Mojeed Yusuf (External non executive IMB Finance Member)

Beverley Thompson (External non executive IMB Diversity and Equality Member)

The Management Board is responsible for overall strategy and planning, and for developing the processes and procedures that can support the work of members.

The Management Board has agreed the following priority areas of work for 2021-22:

1. Support for Members
Three interlinking areas of work supporting members as they return to direct monitoring, identifying where boards need support at the earliest opportunity and embedding processes and governance procedures.

2. Governance
Covering both the statutory change necessary to support the revised governance structure, and ongoing governance and assurance work.

3. Member training and continuous development
Development of a strategy and plan for 2021-22 that builds on existing delivery, including the remote and purpose-built training developed under COVID, and identifies new initiatives, particularly around continuous development.

4. Information management and monitoring practice
To ensure that members have, and can access, pertinent information to enhance their monitoring role.

5. Strengthening Board Membership
To continue and develop recruitment processes and the diversity of boards and ensure that new work can be supported.

6. Policy, external communications and impact
Building on the new annual report template and the growing external profile of IMBs to maximise impact on policy and practice.

7. Development
Work exploring how IMB monitoring expertise can be successfully deployed in other detention environments.

8. Innovation and IT
Exploring expansion and development opportunities to provide both IT support for members and for monitoring and engagement with prisoners/detainees.

Various Management Board members will be progressing these areas, and will be consulting with members as these workstreams are developed.

You can download summary notes from the Management Board meetings below:

Notes of Management Board Meeting April 2021

Notes of Management Board Meeting December 2020

Notes of Management Board Meeting November 2020

Notes of Management Board Meeting October 2020

Notes of Management Board Meeting August 2020

Notes of Management Board Meeting April/June 2020

Notes of Management Board Meeting February 2020

Notes of Management Board Meeting December 2019

Notes of Management Board Meeting October 2019

Notes of Management Board Meeting August 2019

Notes of Management Board meeting June 2019

The IMB Management Board has published its response to the Ministry of Justice consultation on statutory underpinning for scrutiny bodies which ended 30 September 2020.

Regional Representatives

Regional Representatives provide support for boards in the regions and are a key link between the Management Board and Chair, ensuring that the needs and views of the regions are integral to the development of national strategies, policies and plans. All the regional representatives have now been appointed – details can be viewed here.

The Job Description for Regional Representatives can be viewed here.

National protocols and MoUs

The protocol between the National IMB Chair and the Ministry of Justice was agreed in July 2019, and can be downloaded here.

The Memorandum of Understanding between IMBs and the Home Office was agreed and came into force in June 2020.

The Memorandum of Understanding between IMBs and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service(PDF) was agreed in December 2019 and came into force in February 2020.

National annual reports

The IMB national annual report for 2019 for IMBs in the prison estate was published in September 2020. The 2018/19 national annual report for IMBs in the prison estate was published in June 2019

The national annual report for 2019 for IMBs in the immigration estate was published in October 2020.