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Prison Governors: Length of Service

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL10278, tabled on 12 November 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of (1) a completed prison governor tenure, and (2) existing prison governor tenures.

Answered on

26 November 2020

(1) The average length of service of a completed prison governor tenure who left over the last 5 years is 4.2 years.

To note, the averages are based on total governor tenure (which would include them moving to different prisons) and not specific to time spent in one post.

(2) As at 30 June 2020, existing prison governors had spent an average of 2.7 years in their current post.

To note, this includes substantive band 10-11 Governing Governors only and does not include any deputy governors who may be filling the role on a temporary promotion.