HM Prison Service has had 13 area managers who have been responsible for the prisons within those areas and then regional offender managers were appointed in 11 areas who dealt with both prisons and probation areas. In 2008, two areas, London and Wales, piloted the new approach of a director of offender management.
It was decided to extend this to the other areas and an advert for the remaining nine director level posts was launched in November 2008. Appointments were made in eight of the nine regions in England and the one in Wales. The successful candidates took up post in late March and during April 2009.
There is currently an interim appointment in place in the North East. This post is due to be advertised in September with a view to filling it substantively by the end of the calendar year.