Executive team

Suki Binning

Chief Executive, KSS CRC

Suki led Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) through transition to the private sector.

Suki has worked for over 22 years in probation and is a passionate advocate for its role in protecting the public and helping people to turn away from crime. Under her leadership, government inspectors judged KSS CRC in 2017 to be “performing well”. In 2018, the area became the first in the UK to launch an academic research unit for probation work, drawing on probation and academic expertise to evaluate what works to reduce reoffending.

Suki is a qualified probation officer and has previously worked at the Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service - now called Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) - and inspectorate on national policy and standards.

John Baumback

Managing Director - Skills, Employment, Health and Justice, Seetec Group

John Baumback is responsible for Seetec’s skills, employment, health and justice divisions. John’s experience in operations, delivery and commissioning across these sectors was instrumental in successfully guiding KSS CRC into Seetec stewardship in 2015. He oversees the effective delivery and governance of KSS CRC and is accountable to the Ministry of Justice and the Seetec Group Board.

John has worked at Seetec since joining as an apprentice in 1984. John is a champion of Seetec’s strong ethos, which recognises that people are our greatest asset, whose expertise allows us to make a positive impact on the people and communities we serve.

Manjinder Purewal

Chief Probation Officer, KSS CRC

Manjinder has 29 years’ experience of working in probation. After qualifying as a probation officer in 1996, she has held various operational, training, leadership and senior management roles across the country before rising to become the Chief Executive Officer for Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company in 2013.

Her most recent work includes working at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset to reform the way the criminal justice agencies work to improve the services for witnesses, victims and defendants. Manjinder has also led on the criminal justice board agency activities to proactively address disparity and disproportionality for women and black, Asian and minority ethnic people and how they are treated by criminal justice agencies in the wake of the Lammy review in 2017.

Cynthia Allen

Deputy Chief Probation Officer, KSS CRC

Cynthia has 25 years' experience of working in the criminal justice system including at Inner London, Merseyside and Kent Probation Services.

She has worked as a senior manager for the last decade in a range of lead roles and responsibilities. Her achievements have included winning a National Offender Management Service (now called HMPPS) bid to deliver the Offender Management Development Project (Diversity) which produced a national practitioners’ tool kit called Crossing the Communication Divide.

Cynthia took a break for three years, during which time she worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor for a contracted provider to South Australia's Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme. Her clients included the Correctional Services, the State Transport Authority as well as a variety of independent employers. 

Andrew Phipps

Head of Contracts, KSS CRC

Andrew comes to us with over a decade's worth of contract management experience. He is responsible for ensuring KSS CRC meets its contractual obligations and targets. He works with the leadership team to mitigate risk, improve services and achieve all contract deliverables. He is the main point of contact for HMPPS.

He has amassed invaluable experience from outside the sector. As a Senior Contract Manager at TNT Business Solutions, he generated £5 million annually from several key accounts by providing onsite and offsite document management services, including those in the finance and public sectors. Previous to this he worked as an Account Manager for Financial Data Management where he looked after two of the company’s largest public sector clients managing their end-to-end print requirements.

Graham Wines

Deputy Chief Executive, KSS CRC

Graham has worked across both public and private sectors, shaping organisational approach to change and people management. As a previous Head of HR for a variety of companies, he brings a track record of understanding the strategic needs of an organisation and delivering solutions to enable success.

Graham now brings this strategic and practical experience to KSS CRC’s excellence and effectiveness function, where he will be ensuring that the Community Rehabilitation Company's (CRC) strategy and leadership, policy and process, as well as innovation and culture, are aligned and all working together to achieve our objectives.

Senior operational team

Claire Jones

Head of Community Payback

Claire has worked in probation ever since graduating in 2001. Currently Head of Community Payback, she has extensive experience in all aspects of probation practice, including heading up operations, business improvement and people development. She has also led on investigations, quality assurance and service user involvement.

Claire was a Senior Probation Officer for six years, which included working in one of the most deprived wards in the country. She has managed a range of projects to improve and develop our services, including those aimed at women. 

She is our strategic lead for women and service user involvement. Claire is a Fellow of the Probation Institute.