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 runs for three years (from 1 November 2017).

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:

  • Further work on streamlining and supporting recruitment processes, together with the Recruitment and Retention Working Group
  • Reviewing and revising conduct and performance documents and processes, including the probationary and triennial review processes
  • Reviewing the National Monitoring Framework and Annual Report template, to ensure that they are up to date and support each other
  • Developing a training strategy that builds on existing work, together with the National Training Team
  • Developing a knowledge and information base that brings together and makes accessible all current sources of information for members
  • Creating a database of skills, experience and knowledge amongst IMB membership, to draw on the talent that exists
  • Planning for the Annual Conference and national Annual Report

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 Borad Meeting March 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

Notes of Management Board meeting April 2019

Notes of Management Board meeting February 2019

Notes of Management Board meeting December 2018

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.