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

Paula Hilman

Paula Hilman
Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Public Protection Branch, PSNI. Strategic Management Board Chairperson

Paula is Head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Public Protection Branch, which is responsible for proactive and reactive investigations in relation to adult safeguarding, child abuse, including sexual abuse and exploitation, child internet protection and e-safety, domestic abuse, rape crime and the management of sexual and violent offenders in the community.

The Branch also has policy responsibility for each of the areas it investigates and undertakes statutory partnership responsibility across strategic safeguarding boards and operational groups.

Paula is the current Chair of the Strategic Management Board (SMB) and also represents the Police Service of Northern Ireland on the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) and the Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership (NIASP).

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.

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