New Criminal Justice Head appointed

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Aberdeenshire Council has announced that Northern Community Justice Authority Head Philip English is to become the authority’s new Head of Adult and Criminal Justice.

The decision, which was made by Aberdeenshire Council’s Appointments Committee last week, will see Mr English taking over from the current service head, Chris Booth, who is set to retire. He will be responsible for overseeing support for people with learning disabilities, as well as supporting adults who experience severe or enduring mental health or substance misuse issues and overseeing work with offenders who are subject to supervision orders as alternatives to custody.

The Northern Community Justice Authority (NCJA) is a statutory organisation made up of elected members from each local authority which oversees offender services across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. As Chief Officer of the Northern Community, Mr English monitored and coordinated offender services across seven local authorities.

Speaking following his appointment, Mr English said: “I am looking forward to working with committed and capable people, and working collaboratively with other managers and employees to achieve Aberdeenshire’s vision of being the best in Scotland.

“I will engage service users, staff, communities and elected members in shaping future services as we work towards making them more accessible, more locally based and designed to meet the needs and aims of individuals.

Appointments Committee Chair Councillor Anne Robertson said: “I am delighted to welcome Philip back to Aberdeenshire Council and I know he will bring a wealth of experience to his new role gained throughout his career to date.