|Sonia is currently the Chief Probation Officer and Executive Director Women in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. She is the operational leader of the National Probation Service in England and Wales. In June 2021 the private sector Community Rehabilitation Companies, which manage the low and medium risk offenders, will transfer back into the public sector, into the Unified Model of Probation. Sonia is currently working with senior colleagues on transition arrangements and ensuring operational readiness from day one.|
Sonia started her career as a Probation Officer in 1988, based in London. She has worked in a wide variety of roles in court, community and prison. In 2005 Sonia was seconded to the Home Office and subsequently to the Ministry of Justice, as part of the national performance improvement team.
Sonia has been a senior Probation leader since 2008 when she became the Chief Officer of the Sussex Probation Area, and then later she ran the Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust. Moving to London Probation Trust in 2011 Sonia became the Deputy CEO (Service Director) responsible for the strategic operational leadership and performance across the 32 London Boroughs.
On the formation of the National Probation Service in June 2014 as part of the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reform Sonia became Director for the South East and Eastern division, before taking up her current role in November 2017. Sonia has taken the lead for the development of the new Offender Model in Custody (OMiC) Model, and the changes to the responsibilities of probation officers within prisons.
Sonia has a lead for service user involvement (whilst working for London Sonia supported the introduction of service user councils to engage offenders in the delivery of services) and currently has the lead for Women Offenders in HMPPS. Sonia is the first to hold the title of Chief Probation Officer and sees her role as being the Head of the Profession. She is passionate about the professionalisation of Probation. She is a specialist in Probation performance measures and monitoring.