Anne Owers
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"Dame Anne Elizabeth Owers", Order of the British Empire/DBE was Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons. Owers was the fifth holder of the post, appointed in August 2001, succeeding David Ramsbotham. Her appointment was renewed in June 2006 and in March 2008. She is currently chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Prior to this, she directed JUSTICE, the UK-based human rights and law reform organisation.

Owers was educated at Washington Grammar School, County Durham, and studied history at Girton College, Cambridge. On graduating she went to Zambia to teach and to carry out research into African history. While taking time out to bring up her three children, Owers continued to undertake research and voluntary advice and race relations work. She joined the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in 1981 as a research and development officer and was appointed its general secretary four years later.

In June 2008, she was appointed Chairman of Christian Aid, succeeding John Gladwin. She opposed the Government's former proposal to build "Titan (prison)/Titan jails".

Owers was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 for her work in human rights and elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

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There remain a number of areas of development, notably the re-launch of the HIT project and further development of the offender management model, but the governor and his staff are to be congratulated on progress so far.

The Prison Service must now ensure that implementation of plans for sufficient activity places do not face delays or cutbacks.

None of the facilities we inspected were suitable for overnight stays - we found detainees sleeping on tables or in plastic chairs, sometimes without adequate heating, blankets or bedding.