Martin Graham - Chief Executive
Martin has worked in a variety of roles in the Probation Service since 1976. He has experience of working in both urban and rural probation services, having been a Probation Officer and Senior Probation Officer in the West Midlands, before becoming Assistant Chief Probation Officer for Norfolk in 1990. He was appointed Chief Officer for Norfolk Probation in 2001 and became the first Chief Executive of the newly merged Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Trust in April 2010.
Gill Lewis - chair
Gill worked for over 20 years in the voluntary sector and in local government, in housing, regeneration and social services, before becoming a director in the NHS. She has served as a non-executive director on various public sector boards in the health, housing and education sectors, and chaired the board of the national housing ombudsman. As well as chairing the Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Trust board, she currently serves on the boards of Suffolk Police Authority and Suffolk Heritage Housing Association.
Sharon Brooks is a Business Consultant, practising in a wide variety of areas, ranging from the educational, agricultural and retail sectors to the publishing and leisure industries. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Visitor Centre at HMP Norwich and a long serving Parish Councillor. Prior to being appointed to the Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Trust she served on the Norfolk Probation Area Board. She is currently Diversity and Supporting People Champion for the Board of NSPT and is keen to promote partnerships between Probation and the community.
Les has a Human Resources background and was most recently a freelance consultant, providing careers counselling, outplacement and job search support to individual clients and organisations. He has provided management development programmes for clients in a wide variety of sectors, and was formerly HR and Management Development manager in a multinational financial services company. He holds an honours degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Management Studies. Les was a Board Member for Suffolk Probation Area and Chair and Vice-chair of Suffolk-based charity Disability Care Enterprise. He is currently a member of Victim Support and is a Witness Support Service volunteer at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court.
John graduated in mechanical engineering from Nottingham University and initially trained as an engineer with the National Coal Board. He spent the bulk of his career with Ford Motor Company, where he worked in finance, sales and marketing, and IT. He took early retirement in 2004 and now splits his time between providing IT and business support to a large group of automotive dealers, serving as a school governor, membership of the National Probation Service ICT Board as well as being a non-executive director of Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Trust.
Peter Hargrave is a trained accountant, but he spent most of his career in management, working in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. His last full-time job was as managing director of Flagship Housing Group, in Norwich.
He came to Norfolk & Suffolk Probation Trust board from the Norfolk Probation Area board. He has four other non-executive roles. He is vice chair of Broadland Housing Group, and a board member of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, Great Yarmouth Port Authority and the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency. He was drawn to probation because he welcomed the opportunity to use his skills to contribute to an organisation which gives people a second chance.