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Institute of Criminology



with Helen Schofield, Chief Executive of the Probation Institute, and

Respondents – Katie Lomas, HMPPS, and Will Hughes, London Metropolitan University



Helen has extensive experience in several roles within the criminal justice sector. She worked as a probation officer for several years before taking a leading role in the probation and family courts trade union NAPO. Helen went on to establish the Community Justice National Organisation, which developed the first national occupational standards for probation, victim support and community safety.

Helen subsequently held a senior position in national police training at the National Policing Improvement Agency/College of Policing for 12 years.


Since 2016 Helen has been the Acting CEO and then CEO of the Probation Institute – a small professional body supporting and enabling professional development.

Working with the public, voluntary and private sectors to build and enhance professional development across the Justice Sector, Helen believes passionately in ensuring that all practitioners are supported to act with professional integrity in enabling change, managing risk, and respecting diversity. Helen is a trustee of a small company working with ex-offenders in Brighton.


Will Hughes


Will joined the probation service in 2000, as a PSO, in Torquay. He did a very short spell as a PSO in London before joining the 4th cohort of Trainee Probation Officers, in Hertfordshire. After qualifying, Will continued to work in Hertfordshire, firstly as a Probation Officer, and then as a practice teacher (then known as a PDA).

Will left the probation service as a permanent member of staff in 2012 to take up a post as lecturer at London Metropolitan University in the department of criminology,  although continued to deliver probation domestic abuse perpetrator programmes, and group based interventions in the voluntary sector. His most recent publication ‘Working with violent men’ is a monograph based on his Phd thesis, which explores the background, delivery, and gendered dynamics of probation perpetrator programmes.

Thursday, 27 June, 2024 - 14:00 to 16:30
Event location: 
Seminar Rooms B3 & B4, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge