HMP Thameside Director, Dave Bamford receives OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Dave Bamford, Contract Director at HMP Thameside was recently awarded the Order of the British Empire Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Dave was among 1,495 people across the UK who were recognised for their outstanding achievements.

Dave received the OBE for his service to HM Prison and Probation Service.

Dave said:

“This award is obviously a huge and quite humbling honour. I have to say though, that I have had the immense good fortune to work for some wonderful people who have taught me a great deal along the way. I have also had the great honour of leading very many hardworking and dedicated professionals to whom I owe a great debt. Without all of these great professionals I could never have received such an award.”

Dave joined Serco in June 2020 as the new Custodial Operations Director at HMP Thameside in South East London. He is a highly respected and experienced Prison Director, who has 30 years in the Prison service, which he joined in 1990 at HMP Chelmsford after serving six years in the Army.

His achievements throughout his career demonstrate that Dave makes a significant difference to those working and living in prisons. The impact he has on staff working in prisons and the prisoners trying to turn their lives around is unquestionable. He works from a strong moral code and ensures that staff and prisoners are truly listened to, that they are treated fairly, offered opportunities to progress and develop.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list is usually published in June, when the Queen celebrates her official birthday, but it was postponed so that individuals who played crucial roles in the first months of the coronavirus outbreak could be added.