JML boss’s daughter is new Parole Board chief
23 November, 2018 — By John Gulliver
CAROLINE Corby, daughter of the online shopping magnate John Mills, is to take over the hot seat of the Parole Board following the kerfuffle over the John Worboys case.
Her leading position in the criminal justice system follows a family tradition: her late mother, Barbara, was the Director of Public Prosecutions for several years before her resignation.
Caroline, who went to Haverstock School and grew up in Camden Town – her father, John, a former Camden council finance chief lives in Albert Street and is now head of JML online chain – became a banker and a director of a venture capital company.
She started a family and has three daughters. Fascinated by history, she wrote several successful children’s books about great figures of the past – William the Conqueror, Julius Caesar and Lady Jane Grey.
Drawn to the law, she also became a magistrate. She joined the Parole Board’s management three years ago.
By replacing the liberal-minded Nick Hardwicke she faces a difficult task with a crumbling and neglected prison system on the one hand and a prejudiced public opinion on the other, and all against a failing rehabilitative system in jails.
I gather that though she shuns publicity and is a “private person”, according to her father, she is a determined woman. She will need all her qualities to cope with what some consider a broken system.