Victim Support appoints Mark Castle OBE as next CEO

Victim Support has appointed Mark Castle OBE to be its next CEO, with Castle taking up the role in June.

Mark Castle OBE is currently CEO at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and was previously CEO at the Association of Police Authorities (APA).

Castle joined the APA directly from the Army following a 31-year career which included deployments to Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq where he commanded British forces on stabilisation and reconstruction operations.

Castle was awarded the OBE in 2004 and later roles included redeveloping Army corporate communications and personnel strategy.

In his final Army role, Castle mentored Iraqi Interior Ministry forces and worked closely with local police advising them on measures designed to boost confidence and tackle corruption.

Victim Support: the independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales

Victim Support: the independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales

As CEO of the APCC, Castle secured funding from all 41 Police and Crime Commissioners following their elections in 2012.

He currently holds positions in key agencies across the criminal justice system including the College of Policing.

Knowledge of the criminal justice system

Chairman of Victim Support’s Trustees, Enid Rowlands, said: “We are delighted that Mark is joining Victim Support. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the criminal justice system, and the many recent changes to it. He also has vast experience of frontline service delivery. We are confident that his vision, energy and leadership will drive our charity onto even greater success in the future.”

Speaking about his new role, Mark Castle OBE commented: “I am honoured to be joining Victim Support on its historic mission to provide practical help and emotional support to victims and witnesses of crime. I have seen first-hand the devastating impact crime and lawlessness can have on people and communities, and the value of prompt and effective help. I look forward to meeting the staff and volunteers who I know do so much to help people in need.”

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