Sir Martin Narey

Visiting Professor
Sir Martin Narey


Sir Martin is a Visiting Professor. He delivered an inaugral lecture in 2019 and takes an interest in a number of PERU projects and publications, particularly in relation to young people and the care system.


Sir Martin has had a long and varied career in public service. Initially a manager in the NHS he retrained as a prison governor in the early 1980s. He became Director General of the Prison Service in 1998, where he was credited with radically improving the decency of prisons and making the first statistically significant reductions in offending. In 2003 he became the first Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), with responsibility for both for the prison and probation services. During this period he received the Chartered Institute of Management’s Gold Medal for Leadership, the first public sector recipient of this single annual award for more than ten years.

He resigned as CEO of NOMS in 2005 when plans to use legislation to cap the size of the prison population were abandoned. He became Chief Executive of Barnardo’s and since stepping down from that role he has advised successive governments about child neglect and the care system, publishing reports on adoption (2012), children's homes (2016) and Fostering (2018).

Sir Martin currently chairs North Yorkshire Opportunity Area (a social mobility initiative funded by the Department for Education) and The Portman Group. He is Deputy Chair of The Sage Gateshead and a non-executive member of the Board of Unilink Ltd. He is about to take on the chairmanship of a not for profit organisation which seeks to find foster carers for hard to place children.

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