Jon Parkin (SCS1) began his career in the HM Prison Service in 1984 and served in every rank from prison officer to governing governor. His last prison was HMP Wymott in Lancashire. He developed particular expertise around performance, efficiency, creating effective partnerships and in leading work to develop improved public protection. He led regional initiatives with criminal justice partners on reducing re-offending, street crime and prolific offenders.
In 2005 he moved to the Home Office and took up post as the government delivery manager in Burnley and East Lancashire, tasked with drawing together local partners, improving performance and encouraging investment to help to transform the sub-region. After two years he moved to Government Office North-West, as deputy regional director, to lead the work on local and multi area agreements, including seven as lead negotiator. Jon also chaired the Anfield Breckfield Regeneration Partnership, tackling the issues facing the poorest community in England, and subsequently led the work to create a new delivery organisation for the economic regeneration of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.
Jon was appointed head of veterans services at the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency in October 2010. His role includes responsibility for the administration of the Armed Forces Pensions and Compensation Schemes, the War Pensions Scheme and delivery of veterans welfare services.
Jon appeared on ‘University Challenge’ and represented Wales at contract bridge. He is a keen golfer and has given a lot of time to wildlife conservation projects.