Panel members & senior support staff

Sam Pollock OBE – Panel Member

Sam Pollock

Sam Pollock commenced working in the Justice System in Northern Ireland in 1972, initially in the Probation Service and then as a Governor in the Prison Service, serving in the Maze Prison.

He continued in Probation and Prison related functions until 1991, operating as an Assistant Chief Probation Officer for Northern Ireland from 1986.  In 1994 he was appointed as Chief Probation Officer in Glamorgan, South Wales and served there for 7 years.

In 2001 he returned to Northern Ireland to work with Baroness O’Loan as Chief Executive in setting up the Office of the Police Ombudsman, a new institution established to provide statutory oversight of the RUC/PSNI.  This Office was involved in the investigation of key policing matters connected to the worst atrocities and bombings in Northern Ireland going back over the three decades of the conflict in Northern Ireland.  He remained in this key role for almost 11 years to 2011.

Between 2012 and 2016 Sam operated as Chief Executive of the Policing Board, retiring after 43 years of public service.

In 2004 he was awarded the OBE for services to criminal justice.