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New Prison Governor to take up post 11 June 2008

Alison Gomme New Prison GovernorTHE new Governor of the Isle of Man Prison will officially take up her post on Monday, June 16.

Mrs Alison Gomme brings with her a wealth of experience having served in a number of establishments and fulfilled a wide range of senior roles in the UK.

Minister for Home Affairs Martyn Quayle MHK said:

‘This is a challenging and exciting period in the history of the Island’s prison service and we are fortunate to have somebody of Mrs Gomme’s calibre to lead us into that new era. She will oversee the move from Victoria Road to the Island’s new £41.7 million prison at Jurby and work in partnership with other Government agencies to ensure that high standards are achieved in terms of community safety.’

Before moving to the Island with her husband Francis and daughter Stephanie, Mrs Gomme was most recently the governor at two prisons near Birmingham - HMP Hewell Grange and Brockhill. She has also served as governor at Erlestoke 1993-1995 and Chelmsford 1996-2000 in addition to working at HM Prison Service Headquarters in London and studying federal and county jails across the USA during a year’s sabbatical in 1990.

Mrs Gomme, who obtained an honours degree in psychology from Sheffield University, is looking forward to developing her career in the Isle of Man. She said:

‘What really interests me about this new position is the opportunity to work with other agencies. I am keen on working in partnership with others to develop systems and arrangements to make communities safer. I think there is great scope to develop that in the Isle of Man. My family and I are excited about becoming part of the community and enjoying the quality of life the Island has to offer.’

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