Recruitment and Criminal Justice Specialist
Gill Hirst has extensive experience of work within the criminal justice system: as a probation practitioner, trainer, senior operational manager, contract manager, and currently as an independent member of the Parole Board. As the senior lead for diversity with Essex Probation, she introduced the single equality scheme, community consultation and equality impact assessment. A Fellow of the Probation Institute, Gill is a former Deputy Chief Executive of Essex Community Rehabilitation Company, where she led and supported colleagues through the process of privatisation. On secondment to the National Offender Management Service in the Ministry of Justice, Gill managed the delivery under contract of ten Probation Trusts and led the selection panels for Probation Trust Board Chairs, working with OCPA to ensure compliance in these ministerial appointments. Gill is concerned to support managers and leaders in delivering challenging messages to ensure high standards and equality of outcome for service users and employees. As an EW Group consultant, Gill has delivered unconscious bias in recruitment and selection training for the likes of City University and Harrow Council, equality impact assessment training for the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, and various diversity and inclusion training programmes for the Metropolitan Police Service, Magnox and the NHS East of England Ambulance Service Trust.