Gill Attrill

Crime: Truth and Dilemma

Gill Attrill is a forensic psychologist within the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), the Agency of the Ministry of Justice accountable for prisons and probation. She has been responsible for the national suite of sex offender and violence programmes and has led the development of ground-breaking initiatives to reduce the risk posed by psychopathic offenders and the most challenging offenders in the system. Amongst other areas she leads NOMS restorative justice initiatives and work with families and children of offenders. Gill’s work now focuses on enabling NOMS to deliver the best outcomes for the limited resources it has.

Through developing and synthesising evidence she translates complex Ministerial and Agency priorities into real life practice, steering the Agency’s strategy, making hard choices about what services and interventions to invest in and which offenders to prioritise in order to protect the public and enable offenders to change their lives for the better. She is faced with the challenge of balancing safety, decency, punishment, reparation and rehabilitation and of delivering value for money for the public purse.

Gill was awarded the European Psychology and Law Inaugural Practitioner Award in 2011 and was made an Officer of the British Empire in 2012.