New chief executive for merged rehabilitation company

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The Cumbria and Lancashire Rehabilitation Company (CRC) has a new chief executive.

Penny Barker is the former head of operations at the company.

The CRC, which is the result of a merger in 2014 between Cumbria Probation Trust and Lancashire Probation Trust, manages low and medium risk offenders who are serving community sentences or who have been released from prison.

Penny began her career in the probation service in 1981 as a volunteer in County Durham. After qualifying and gaining experience in a number of settings including: prisons, family court welfare and specialist teams within probation, she became a senior probation officer in 1992.

In 2002 she moved to Manchester and took up the role of assistant chief officer and in 2011 she joined Lancashire Probation Trust on promotion to head of operations.

Penny said: ‘It’s a real privilege to lead an organisation that provides an important public service to communities across Cumbria and Lancashire.”

Penny takes over from Kevin Robinson who retired as chief executive after 28 years with the probation service.