Youth Justice Board welcomes new chief executive

Monday, 3 December 2012

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new chief executive. Lin Hinnigan, M. Ed MBA, will join the YJB in March 2013.

Lin's career has its roots in working with children and young people. After early experience as a teacher and social worker she trained as an educational psychologist. She worked in local government for a substantial part of her career including five years as Principal Educational Psychologist with Coventry City Council.

Roles in the civil service include Area Director of the West Midland Court Service and Head of Legal Services Regulation and Redress in the Ministry of Justice. 

Recently, Lin has fulfilled chief executive roles at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency and at the Teaching Agency.
Frances Done, Chair of the YJB said:
'Lin is an exceptional leader who understands the challenges of youth justice. I know she will continue the successful work of the YJB and help us with the major challenge of driving down youth crime and reoffending rates.

'I wish her a warm welcome and know that she will bring her enthusiasm and substantial experience across local and central government to help the YJB achieve its objectives.'
The current chief executive of the YJB, John Drew, will leave at the end of February 2013.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) oversees the youth justice system in England and Wales. We work to prevent offending and reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18, and to ensure that custody for them is safe, secure, and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour.
  2. Specifically, we advise the Secretary of State for Justice on the operation of, and standards for, the youth justice system; monitor the performance of the youth justice system; purchase places for, and place, children and young people remanded or sentenced to custody; identify and promote effective practice; make grants to local authorities or other bodies to support the development of effective practice; commission research and publish information.

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