Senior management

Our senior management team provides operational and strategic leadership across the organisation. They are experts in their field and bring a wealth of experience to each of their roles.

Dawn Blower - Probation Director

Dawn has worked in probation since 2005, holding both local delivery and business development roles. She was influential in the project management of the Wales Probation Trust merger and since that time has successfully led the Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend local development units.

Dawn also previously managed the performance information unit, contract management function and aspects of commercial affairs. She has held Wales Probation strategic leads for restorative justice, offender health and employment, training and education.

Prior to joining probation Dawn worked on business planning and development for South Wales Police. She has a first class honours degree in Psychology and a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Senior leadership team

Emma Richards – Interim head of operations / Head of South Wales 2 Local Delivery Unit (LDU)

Emma joined the probation service in 1998, since working in varying roles from public protection to drug rehabilitation. As a manager, she has managed community based teams responsible for the supervision of complex public protection cases and those whose offending was the most prolific and concerning in the local communities she worked. 

Since transferring to Wales Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) in June 2014, as Head of South Wales 2 local delivery unit, Emma has been involved in developing multi-agency safeguarding practice across South Wales, culminating in the launch of the Cwm Taf Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub. 

Emma is currently interim head of operations and has been the strategic lead for the mobilisation of Through the Gate services in Wales, ensuring rehabilitation packages are provided to all prisoners returning to Wales.

Judith Magaw – Head of North Wales LDU

Judith joined the probation service in 1998, having graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Sociology and Social Policy. Since 2005, Judith held a number of senior roles across North Wales before being appointed as the head of local delivery for the region following the creation of Wales Probation Trust.

Judith has continued in the role for Wales CRC and also holds strategic responsibility for Community Payback and public protection in Wales.

Diana Binding – Head of Gwent LDU

Diana has worked in probation for over 35 years in a variety of settings, both operational and strategic. She was previously employed by London Probation Trust before moving to Wales Probation Trust in 2012.

Diana is the current lead for Gwent local delivery unit, as well as leading on women’s services for Wales CRC, working closely with Inetgrated Offender Management (IOM) Cymru to embed end-to-end holistic case management for female service users. She also leads on education, training and employment.

She has an honours degree in Psychology, a Certificate and Qualification in Social Work and is PRINCE 2 qualified. 

David Bebb – Head of South Wales 1 LDU

Dave joined the probation service in 2000 and formally qualified as a probation officer three years later. After becoming team manager for a number of offices, he progressed to deputy head of transformation for Wales and then deputy head in Gwent and Pontypridd local delivery units. In 2014 he became the head of the South Wales 1 area.

Dave has also held strategic lead roles for Wales in performance, accredited programmes, our function in courts and restorative justice. Prior to this time, Dave worked for 15 years in Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), before a brief period in electronic monitoring.

Ella Rabaiotti – Head of Dyfed Powys LDU

A law graduate and qualified probation officer, Ella has worked in probation in Wales since 2001. Prior to the creation of Wales CRC, Ella acted as staff officer to the chief executive of Wales Probation, providing strategic support to the executive and Board, leading on communications and stakeholder management, and latterly heading up a strategic change programme to prepare for the Ministry of Justice’s plans to Transform Rehabilitation.

Ella is the senior lead for Integrated Offender Management (IOM) and chairs the Dyfed Powys IOM Board responsible for reducing reoffending through a strong multi-agency partnership.

Ella is a board member of a green social enterprise which promotes social inclusion and is a keen mentor, having achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Mentoring in 2015.