Meet the Building Futures Team

Project Director - David Maguire

David has spent two decades working with, researching and managing projects for excluded and marginalised groups across a range of sectors, including housing, education, prison and the wider criminal justice system. Previously a funded researcher at Oxford University and at University College London, he has extensive experience leading on prison-based projects, collecting data on the vulnerabilities facing those in prison and widely disseminating these findings to impact change. He leads the Prison Reform Trust's Building Futures Programme.


Research Officer - Claudia Vince

Claudia previously worked as Research Officer at HM Inspectorate of Prisons, planning and facilitating research in a variety of custodial settings to aid and inform the independent inspection process. She was also involved in a number of thematic research projects, including the separation of children in young offender institutions.

During her Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, she conducted an empirical study on the experiences of distress and prolific self-harm amongst male prisoners, and explored the availability of social support—both within and beyond the prison walls.

Having been involved in the Learning Together programme in HMP Grendon whilst studying for her Masters, Claudia is passionate about breaking down barriers between prisoners and their communities, and amplifying prisoners voices so they can share their own experiences and solutions to life in prison.


Administrator - Kelly Gleeson

Kelly joined the Prison Reform Trust as a trainee advice and information officer while on release on temporary licence from HMP East Sutton Park, before joining the Building Futures team in 2020. In prison, Kelly worked with One Small Thing to become a healing trauma facilitator, and as a Listener with the Samaritans. She was also a peer advisor for people during their early days in custody. Finally, while in prison Kelly worked with Prison Me No Way, delivering workshops to children aged 11 to 16, alongside ex-prison officers.

In the community, she has built on this work through adverse childhood experience facilitator training. She previously worked for a housing association as a link worker to support people with convictions, and is passionate about improving prisons for people serving long sentences.