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Gillian Baranski

Chief Inspector


Gillian joined the Welsh Government as Chief Executive of CAFCASS Cymru in November 2010.  Prior to this, from 2005, Gillian was the Home Office Crime Director for Wales working with partners, such as the police and local authorities, to reduce crime.

A barrister with a Master degree in Business Administration, Gillian joined the Magistrates’ Courts Service in 1979 in Bristol.  In 1996 Gillian became the Justices’ Clerk to the Cardiff Magistrates and the Justices’ Chief Executive of South Wales Magistrates’ Courts Committee in April 2000.

Gillian received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2015 for services to vulnerable children in Wales.

Originally from the Rhondda Valley, Gillian is married with one daughter and lives in Cardiff.

Current role

Gillian was appointed as Chief Inspector on 10 October 2016.