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HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
Wendy Sinclair-Gieben

Wendy Sinclair-Gieben was appointed to the post of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland in July 2018.  She is responsible for the inspection of the 15 prisons in Scotland, to examine the treatment of prisoners in custody and the conditions in prisons and courts.  She  is required to report her findings to Scottish Ministers and to lay an Annual Report before the Scottish Parliament.

The Public Services Reform (Inspection and Monitoring of Prisons) (Scotland) Order 2015 came into force on 31 August 2015 and from this date HMIPS  assumed overall responsibility for the monitoring of prisons, which is carried out on a day to day basis by Independent Prison Monitors.

Educated in Scotland, Wendy’s career has been built on a background in Criminology, Education and Healthcare management, holding both a Bachelor in Education from the University of the West of England and from Cambridge University a Master’s degree in Criminology and Management.

Her career has spanned teaching, working in the criminal justice sector, immigration detention and healthcare management, in Australia, the Northern Territories of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Recently transferring from the health Sector, Wendy started her career as a teacher working with children with special needs in the North West Territories of Canada. She learned to appreciate  the complex elements that can lead to social marginalisation or exclusion and the need for them to be recognised and addressed. In 1998 she transferred to working in prisons and throughout her prison career in both the UK and Australia prison services; she has won awards and recognition for her work in rehabilitation and reintegration; in particular the prestigious Lord Justice Woolf award for Resettlement in the UK and the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia award for Operator and Service Provider Excellence in Perth, Australia. She was recognised by the IPA as an’ important pathfinder in how governments can drive much better public services, at much better value for money.’

She enjoyed working at the extremes of social exclusion and maintains that working in a prison is immensely rewarding and that there was, until taking up this post,  no other job with comparable satisfaction.

She retains her role as a non-executive Director of the Charity NOFASD in Australia that raises awareness and provides support to families living with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).


  • Stephen Sandham, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons
  • Calum McCarthy, Inspector of Prisons
  • Kerry Love, Business Manager
  • Ewan Patterson, Researcher and NPM Co-ordinator
  • Dorothy Halliday, Personnal Assistant and Business Support
  • Kerry Brooks, Prison Monitoring Co-ordinator for HMPs Glenochil, Shotts, Cornton Vale and Polmont
  • Chris Collins, Prison Monitoring Co-ordinator for HMPs Greenock, Dumfries, Low Moss and Kilmarnock
  • Chris Johnston, Prison Monitoring Co-ordinator for HMPs Grampian, Inverness, Perth and Castle Huntly
  • ​Ewan Mackenzie, Prison Monitoring Co-ordinator for HMPs Barlinne, Edinburgh and Addiewell
  • Graeme Neill, Operations Manager
  • Alexandra Costello, BusinessSupport for Monitoring
  • Shea Murray, Administrative Assistant