New charity role for ex-prisons boss Sir Martin

Sir Martin Narey
Sir Martin Narey

A Whitby man who was formerly the director general of the Prison Service in England and Wales has been appointed chair of the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity.

Born in Middlesbrough but a permanent Whitby resident since 2007, Sir Martin Narey took up his new position at The Brain Tumour Charity earlier this month.

He said: “I am delighted to take on this role.

“I am impressed that The Brain Tumour Charity spends nearly every penny they raise on medical research and raising awareness of this terrible disease.

“They have made a measurable impact and their ambitions are exciting. I hope I can help them achieve their goals.”

Sir Martin began his working life in the NHS before training as a prison governor.

He went on to become rirector general of the Prison Service, eventually leaving the Civil Service in 2005 to become chief executive of children’s charity Barnardo’s.

In recent years he has advised the government on adoption and other children’s issues.

In 2013, Sir Martin, of Bagdale, was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.