NI: Prison governor wins top civil service award

Justice Minister Claire Sugden
Justice Minister Claire Sugden

A prison governor in Northern Ireland has won an award for inspirational leadership at the UK Civil Service Awards in London.

Austin Treacy, who has worked in the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) for over 30 years, was given the award in recognition of his work to transform Hydebank Wood into the UK’s first secure college.

Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister Claire Sugden said: “Austin showed great commitment to transforming Hydebank Wood from a Young Offenders’ Centre into the first secure College in the UK and this award is testament to his leadership.

“Under his guidance and innovative approach Hydebank now places education at the centre of its work, encouraging people in custody to address their offending behaviour, preparing them to play a constructive role when they return to the community.”

Mr Treacy said: “I am very humbled by this award. I know it is a cliché to say this was a team effort but that is the case. The positive changes would not have been achieved without the support of Prison Service senior managers and colleagues.

“This award also recognises the excellent work of the Deputy Governor Richard Taylor, and the entire team at Hydebank Wood. I also want to highlight the positive attitude of those in custody who have engaged with us to deliver the secure College.”

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