Our Senior Team
Director of Operations
Annick joined the organisation in 2011. She has led the North West region as Operations Manager and Regional Director for the majority of this time before undertaking her current role as Director of Operations.
Prior to joining Novus, Annick started her career teaching in prison before progressing into senior management roles in the community and the Prison Service. In total, Annick has more than 20 years’ experience of working with offenders.
Philip Wheatley C.B.
After gaining a law degree, which included the study of criminology, Phil joined the Prison Service as a Prison Officer in 1969 and was promoted Assistant Governor in 1970. In 1986, he became Governor of Hull Prison; moving on in 1990 to a variety of headquarters’ roles. In 1995 following a series of high profile escapes, Philip became the Director, in charge of the six highest security prisons. He led security improvements that prevented high security escapes.
In 1999 he was put in charge of all prison operations with the task of improving prison performance. He set clear standards for decency, improved the management of Governors and secured greater effectiveness and efficiency. In 2003 he was made Director General of the Prison Service, becoming Director General of the National Offender Management Service responsible for all prisons and probation services in England and Wales in 2008. He delivered improvements that reduced reoffending, escapes, drug abuse and suicide and increased efficiency in both prison and probation. He also led the development of the policy for dealing with extremist prisoners. He retired from this role in June 2010.
He has had since then a portfolio of roles; he was a Non-Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Prison Service from Jan 2010 to December 2016, he was an advisor on a Scottish Prison Service Initiative to professionalise the role of the Prison Officer, he is a Trustee of St Giles Trust, he contributes to training, international conferences and academic study on penal practice. He is a non executive member of the Management Committee of the Institute of Criminology of Cambridge University.
He advises both public and private sector prison operators in the UK and internationally. His international work has taken him to Pakistan, Belgium, Latvia, Ukraine, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Romania, Mexico, Bermuda and Barbados.