Northern Ireland’s probation chief recognised with OBE

Northern Ireland's probation chief recognised with OBE

Amanda Stewart

Amanda Stewart, the chief executive of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, has been recognised with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Ms Stewart said: “I feel very humbled to have received this honour and it is recognition of all those working within justice to deliver services to change lives for safer communities.

“Throughout my career in public service, working in partnership and with local communities has been at the heart of everything I do. As chief executive of PBNI I feel incredibly proud to lead an organisation that is committed to developing local services to reduce reoffending and keep people safer.”

A member of Probation’s staff was also recognised in today’s honours: Shauna Scroggie, community service officer, was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Ms Stewart said: “Shauna is a highly valued member of staff who delivers front line services and works in partnership with a range of organisations to ensure people under probation supervision can give back through providing unpaid work to local communities.”

Max Murray CBE, chair of the Probation Board, said: “This is a wonderful recognition of Amanda’s exceptional contribution to criminal justice in Northern Ireland. As chief executive of PBNI she lives the values of inclusiveness, integrity and openness.

“Her outstanding leadership qualities, support of staff and prioritisation of partnership working will enable probation to grow and develop as a valued part of the justice system.

“I am also delighted to see a member of our community service team, Shauna Scroggie recognised today. I have personally accompanied Shauna as she goes round her various projects and have seen her professionalism first hand. Shauna’s enthusiasm and commitment are exemplary. She has excellent working relationships with service users and the many contacts she has within her work projects.

“I want to offer my personal congratulations, and that of everyone associated with PBNI to Amanda and Shauna who richly deserve this recognition of their vital work.”

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