Sue McAllister is the first woman to hold the most senior position within a prison service anywhere in the UK. She has 25 years experience in the prison service, including working as governor of both a prison and young offenders centre.
McAllister has worked in a variety of roles in prisons in England, including as Governor of HMP Gartree, a prison for adult male life sentenced prisoners, and of HMYOI Onley, which housed juvenile and young adult offenders aged between 15 and 21.
As Director General of NIPS, McAllister is the Accounting Officer with responsibility for an operating budget of around £149m and an estate comprising three prison establishments, a Prison Service College and Prison Service Headquarters. She provides leadership to around 1960 staff. In 2014, McAllister also assumed responsibility for the Youth Justice Agency as Director of a newly formed Reducing Offending Directorate.
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