The Strategic Oversight of PPANI

The Strategic Management Board meets on a quarterly basis and is chaired by a senior representative from the PSNI, the Probation Board and the Prison Service on a three year rotational basis.  The Prison Service currently holds this position.  The role of the chair is to facilitate discussion between Strategic Management Board members and in doing so promote, drive and encourage the strategic oversight of the operation of the arrangements in line with the Guidance provided by the Department of Justice under Article 50 of the Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2008.  The chair does not carry accountability for decisions made by the board.  Accountability rests with the individual agencies involved with delivering their role in the public protection arrangements in Northern Ireland.


The team

Anthony McNally

Anthony McNally
Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Public Protection Branch, Community Safety Department

Detective Chief Superintendent McNally has 18 years policing experience, joining in the first intake of the new PSNI officers in 2002. From 2008 to 2013 he was part of UK wide High Potential Development Scheme and graduated in 2013 from Warwick University Business School with an MSc in Leadership and Management. His career has been broadly split between uniformed and Detective roles. His uniformed experience includes being the Area Commander for Craigavon from 2011 to 2014 and West Belfast from 2014 to 2016. His Detective career has included senior roles in both reactive and proactive complex investigations, and he also spent 3 years in Intelligence Branch as a Superintendent from 2016 to 2019. He took over the role as PSNI Head of Public Protection in May 2020, and the role of SMB chairperson in October 2020.

Alan Smyth

Alan Smyth
Head of Licensing, Legislation and Public Protection, Northern Ireland Prison Service

Alan Smyth is Head of Licensing, Legislation and Public Protection in the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS).

He has primary responsibility for releasing offenders into the community on a range of Department of Justice licences.This work involves working closely with other criminal justice agencies to ensure that appropriate and proportionate licence conditions are put in place that allow offenders to be managed in the community following release.

Alan is also responsible for NIPS's public protection responsibilities, for overseeing and managing all Judical Reviews taken against NIPS, prisons related legislation and operational policy, the Prison Service's human rights and equality responsibilities in relation to offenders, prison policy on victims, the NIPS Claims Unit, the Centralised Custody Office and for a range of other judicial matters that impact on the Prison Service including prisoner transfers and the recall of life sentence prisoners.

Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan
Director of Children and Young People’s Services and Executive Director of Social Work

Paul Morgan was appointed as Director of Children and Young People’s Services in May 2011. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in a range of Child Care Services and over 12 years senior management experience. He qualified in 1979 with a BA Hons Degree in Social Work. He was Acting Director in the Craigavon & Banbridge Community Trust from 2004-2007 and was the Southern Trust’s Assistant Director for Safeguarding and Family Support from April 2007 – May 2011.

Paul is a member of the Regional SBNI Safeguarding Board for NI and chairs the Southern Outcomes Group, established to take forward integrated planning and service delivery for children and families. He represented the Association of Directors on the Children Order Advisory Committee, established to progress work linked to Family Law, Private Law and Court Services. Paul now sits on the Regional Public Protection Arrangements Northern Ireland (PPANI) Strategic Forum. He has significant experience of service reform and represents the Trust on a number of regional forums including the Regional Children’s Services Improvement Board.

Paul also chairs the Trust Community Information System Project Board and sits on the Regional Encompass Project Board, both aimed at introducing new IT technology and software, to support more effective and efficient service delivery.

Paul is also the Southern Trust representative on the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Councils Strategic Partnership, for taking forward Community Planning.

Hugh Hamill

Hugh Hamill
Director of Operations

Hugh is the Director of Operations. He line manages the Assistant Directors for Risk, Rural and Urban and the Head of Information Technology.

From a strategic point of view, he leads on the areas of Courts, the proposed new Case Management System, Practice Standards and Risk Management.

Mark Ingham

Mark Ingham
Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Mark Ingham was appointed as the Housing Executive’s Homelessness Policy and Strategy Manager in June 2017.

Mark has over thirty years’ experience delivering frontline housing and homelessness services in a wide variety of roles. The Housing Executive has statutory responsibility for homelessness in Northern Ireland and he has responsibility for the organisations policy and guidance in order to meet these duties. In 2017 after a consultation exercise the Housing Executive published its Homelessness Strategy ‘Ending Homelessness Together 2017 - 22’ which supports a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling homelessness.

Bronagh Muldoon

Bronagh Muldoon
Service Manager - NSPCC

Bronagh is a Service Manager with the NSPCC, she oversees both the development and operational decisions for all Children’s services within Belfast.

Bronagh has 26 years’ experience within the sector having qualified as a Social worker in 1993.
Initially Bronagh worked within the statutory sector before moving on to the Voluntary sector when she secured a management post with the NSPCC in 2003.
Bronagh has remained at the NSPCC for 17 years and has held various management posts during this time .Mostly regarding service delivery within the Domestic and Sexual abuse theme.
She’s a member of SBNI Belfast Panel and Chair of the Safeguarding committee for Archdiocese of Armagh for the Catholic Church.
She is the chair of Victims subgroup of PPANI.

Mr Martin Quinn

Mr Martin Quinn
Programme Manager for Children's Services, Health & Social Care Board

Martin Quinn qualified as a Social Worker in 1987, graduating with a BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work from the University of Ulster.
In 2006 he graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the same University.
His Social Work career began in the Royal Victoria Hospital and Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children until he transferred to the Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital in Omagh in 1988.
From 1989 he has worked in Children's Services and has managed fieldwork teams, residential care, foster care services and an adoption team at different times. In 2004 he moved to take up the position of Principal Social Worker (child care) in the WHSSB and was seconded to the DHSSPS as an Adviser in 2006.
In November 2007 he was appointed as the SBNI Co-ordinator and was tasked with setting up the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland. Martin returned to the WHSSB in November 2008 transferring to the HSCB in April 2009.
In July 2010 he was appointed as Safeguarding Officer (Children's Services) for the HSCB. Martin is currently the Programme Manager for children's services within the HSCB.

Jonathan Patton

Jonathan Patton
PPANI Lay Adviser

Jonathan Patton was appointed as Lay Advisor to the Public Protection Arrangements NI in 2015.
Jonathan brings with him a breadth of knowledge and experience from the Private, Public and Charity Sectors. Since 2005 he has been running his own Management Consultancy business working primarily with Small Business and Charities on governance, strategic development, performance improvement and health and safety.
Having worked with large multinational and local companies across several industry sectors in Belfast, Edinburgh and London at senior management and Director levels, he now serves as Vice President of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society for Northern Ireland, as a Non-Executive Director with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and as a Lay Representative with the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency.
Jonathan has extensive experience in the Regulatory Sector working on Fitness to Practice Committees with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, the Bar Council for Northern Ireland and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Currently he serves as, a Non-Executive Director and Acting Chair at the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, as Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, as a Lay Member with the Disciplinary Committee of the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland and as a Lay Member of The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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