Interim Parole Board chair to stay on

Corby succeeds Nick Hardwick, who was sacked in April.


Photo: Charles Hoffman, released under Creative Commons

The interim chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales, Caroline Corby, will stay on to lead the board for the next three years, justice secretary David Gauke has announced.

Corby, who has been interim chair since 23 April, will formally take up her three-year post on 1 November. She has been a non-executive director of the board, which makes risk assessments about prisoners to determine if they can safely be released or moved to more open prison conditions, since 2015.

A former private equity specialist in the City, Corby is also a non-executive director of several bodies including the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (Cafcass). Previously she was board chair of London Probation Trust and a non-executive director at the Probation Association.


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As chair, she will help to implement planned reforms to the Parole Board's rules, which are currently under review.

Corby succeeds Nick Hardwick, who was sacked by justice secretary David Gauke over the board’s controversial decision to release the sex offender John Worboys. Gauke said Hardwick's position was “untenable” after a judicial review found the Parole Board panel had not enquired sufficiently into other allegations made against the prisoner.

"I have confidence Caroline will provide strong leadership and I look forward to working with her as we move forward with our parole reforms and build on the work we have already done to increase transparency and better support victims," Gauke said.

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