Paul McDowell quits £135,000-a-year role months after disclosure that wife’s firm won largest number of contracts to run probation services which includes Peterborough.
McDowell, who was appointed by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, said he was resigning from the £135,000-a-year watchdog role because although there were “measures in place to manage any conflicts of interest” it was clearly seen as a conflict of interest.
“It is imperative that any inspectorate is independent and seen to be so,” he said. “Although we have measures in place to manage any conflicts of interest, and I would always carry out my duties without fear or favour, it is clear that a perception of conflict around my post remains. It is therefore right that I resign.”
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