Probation chief quits over conflict of interest
Paul McDowell said he was standing down because of a “perception of conflict” of interest.
“It is imperative that any inspectorate is independent and seen to be so.
“Although we have measures in place to manage any conflicts of interest, and I would always carry out my duties without fear or favour, it is clear that a perception of conflict around my post remains.
“It is therefore right that I resign.”
Mr McDowell’s wife is a senior manager at Sodexo, which was named as the preferred bidder for six of 21 probation regions in England and Wales.