New Governor of Maghaberry prison appointed

The Northern Ireland Prison Service has announced the appointment of David Savage as the new Governor of Maghaberry Prison.

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 4:52 pm

He will take up post on Monday 3 May having served as Deputy Governor at the Prison since 2019.

Governor Savage takes over from Governor David Kennedy who has been promoted to Director of Prisons at Prison Service Headquarters.

Welcoming the appointment, Director General Ronnie Armour said: “David joined the Service in 1997 as an Auxiliary Officer and has worked his way up through various grades to this position. He has played a pivotal role in Maghaberry over the past number of years and in particular through the pandemic.

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David Savage - new Governor at Maghaberry Prison

“He brings a wealth of experience to the position of Governor at Maghaberry and I have no doubt he will continue the work of his predecessor David Kennedy, in progressing the Prison as it supports and challenges the people in our care to change.”

On taking up post Governor Savage said: “While there will be challenges ahead, I am focused on working with my colleagues in Maghaberry, as well as the many partners who support us, to keep rehabilitation at the centre of our work.

“At the core of that will be supporting the men in my care to address their offending behaviour and to prepare them for their return to the community.

“Initially I will focus on our recovery from the pandemic to ensure that is done in a safe and sustainable way. Alongside that I want to drive Maghaberry forward to ensure as we play our part in helping to build a safer community in Northern Ireland.”