16th February 2012

 Dame Anne Owers, Chief Inspector of Prisons from 2001 to 2010, has been appointed Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), it was announced today.

Helen Shaw, Co-Director of INQUEST, said:

 INQUEST welcomes the appointment of Dame Anne Owers as Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a position that has been vacant for far too long.

 Her track record in being challenging, independent and committed to improving prison regimes during her time as Chief Inspector of Prisons was exemplary.

We know from our work with bereaved families that confidence in the IPCC is at an all-time low and that the organisation needs fundamental change.  We look forward to working with Dame Anne Owers as she takes up this challenge.