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G4S names new Director of HMP Birmingham

G4S has today confirmed that Sue Saunders, the former Governor at HMP and YOI Holloway, will be the new Director of HMP Birmingham when the prison transfers from the public sector to G4S’ operational control in October

Sue Saunders, who joined G4S in August 2010, is currently Mobilisation, Transition and Transformation (MTT) Manager at HMP Birmingham, with responsibility for overseeing the smooth transition of the prison from the Prison Service to G4S. Her appointment was announced at a meeting with prison staff today and will take effect on 1 October 2011. Her role as Director will be similar to that of a public sector prison Governor.

In the interim, the acting Governor, Peter Small will continue to manage the prison, until it transfers to G4S. Mr Small will then return to his substantive position as Governor of HMP Stafford.

G4S was awarded the contract to operate HMP Birmingham in March this year, becoming the first company to take over a public sector prison. The company will assume operational control from the Prison Service on 1 October, and is currently in a mobilisation phase to ensure a smooth transition to new management.

Prior to joining G4S, Ms Saunders had worked in the Prison Service for 21 years, starting as a prison officer at HMP & YOI Styal in Cheshire and finishing as Governor of HMP & YOI Holloway. She also worked at HMPs Woodhill, Grendon, Springhill and Wellingborough as well as within the Prison Service’s Headquarters and its Training Services department. Her first in charge governing post was at HMP Bullingdon.

Sue Saunders said:
“Since arriving at Birmingham to lead the G4S transition team, I have been greatly encouraged by the constructive discussions I have had with prison staff and their representatives.

“I would like to thank the former Governor of the prison James Shanley for the help that he has given me since my arrival in the prison. I am also delighted that the interregnum Governor Peter Small has made clear that he intends to work in close partnership with me and my team during the transition process.

“I am looking forward to starting my new role as Director of the prison in October and to working together with all the staff in this next exciting chapter of Birmingham’s history.”