Tilt first worked within the prison services during 1966. He participated as a governor, subsequently appointed to Director general (April 1, 1996) of HM Queen Elizabeth II prison service, to retire sometime during 1998. Appointed as Social Fund Commissioner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland in December 2000 and served in this (part-time) post until 2010.
Tilt was a panelist at a conference of individuals involved within the Prison Services, meeting to discuss and vote on issues regarding the Chaucer Unit. The Chaucer unit was created in order to investigate the services of Kent for instances of corruption and serious misconduct, as a consequence of the so-called ATM scam within HM Prison Blantyre House.
Sir Richard chaired of a review of security in high security prisons of England and Wales, after the Fallon (et al) report of 1999. Sir Tilt and others suggested an increase of security to the level of security suggested by Faulk during 1985, and altogether making eighty-six recommendations, of these, all were subsequently accepted by the government. Was invited to respond to the critique of the review of security at the high-security hospitals made by the individuals Dr Exworthy and Professor Gunn, to which a response was published June 2003.
Tilt gave evidence with regards to the validity of a decision to house imprisoned individuals of the Loyalist Volunteer Force and the Irish National Liberation Army together within HM Prison Maze, giving this evidence during the 10th of December 2008.
- debretts peerage
- internet watch foundation (iwf)
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