Probation chief quits over conflict of interest

Posted On: 
2nd February 2015

The chief inspector of probation has resigned because of his wife’s role in a private firm bidding for government contracts.

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Paul McDowell said he was standing down because of a “perception of conflict” of interest.

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“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.