Bob Ashford, the ex-Director of Strategy at the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, is to join User Voice.
Bob has spent a lifetime working with young people. A qualified social worker and Children's Services Manager, Bob was one of the first Youth Offending Team managers in the country before joining the YJB, first as Head of Prevention and latterly as Director of Strategy.
During his time at the YJB, Bob has been responsible for, amongst other things, the huge uplift in funding for prevention schemes and the recent development of resettlement consortia designed to improve services for young people leaving custody.
Bob has worked extensively across Whitehall with other government departments and with a wide group of stakeholders in the justice sector including the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the Magistrates Association, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and community and voluntary organisations, including User Voice. Bob has also worked internationally with the Council of Europe and countries as diverse as Canada and Bulgaria to improve their justice systems.
Mark Johnson, Chief Executive of User Voice said:
"Bob will be an extremely valuable member of User Voice. With his experience and commitment to the values and ethos of our work, he will ensure we continue to grow and sustain the opportunities for ex-offenders in the justice system and beyond."