The Probation Trust Board
The West Yorkshire Probation Trust Board supports and monitors the delivery of probation work in West Yorkshire. There are 35 Probation Trusts in England and Wales and each has its own budget and is part of the National Probation Service which is based in London.
Each year the Trust Board is responsible for agreeing an annual plan which reflects national objectives and which is deliverable locally. The Board regularly monitors the implementation of the plan, and produces an annual report.
The Trust Board is made up of non-executive members and the Chief Executive who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the local area. The Trust Board members are selected in open competition by the Home Secretary and serve initially for a maximum period of six years.
Together they aim to establish a strategy for the work within West Yorkshire, prepare an annual plan and budget, and most importantly monitor and assess the area's performance. The Probation Trust's aims are to reduce reoffending and increase public protection. Clearly this can only be achieved in cooperation with other organisations such as the Police, the Courts and the Prison Service.
The Trust Board is chaired by Stan Hardy who was appointed on 1 April 2007.