Meet the Transforming Lives Programme Team

Dr Jenny Earle, Programme Director

Jenny Earle leads the programme to reduce women’s imprisonment. Her article about the programme she leads, Why focus on reducing women's imprisonment, is published in Women and the Criminal Justice System: failing Victims and Offenders? edited by Milne E, et al, Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

Before joining the Prison Reform Trust in September 2012, she was senior legal policy analyst at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where she specialised in gender equality, led the Commission’s work on CEDAW and prepared codes and guidance under the Equality Act 2010.

Jenny has led on equality and justice issues in both government and community organisations in the UK and Australia, where early in her career she served on a Women in Prison Taskforce. She has been a senior research officer in the Women’s Equality Unit, Cabinet Office, and director of the Work and Family Unit in the Australian Government’s Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. In March 2018 Jenny was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University for public service, particularly services to women's rights.

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Katy Swaine Williams, Senior Programme Manager 

Having started as a solicitor in the private sector, Katy has now spent over 15 years in senior voluntary sector roles in the fields of criminal justice and social policy, human rights and equality, with a particular emphasis on improving responses to children and women. Her past roles include Head of Legal Services at the drugs charity Release (2003–2007) and Legal Director at the Children's Rights Alliance for England (2007–2010).  Katy has since worked in a number of roles for the Prison Reform Trust, including Head of Outreach (2010-13) and Care Review Co-ordinator (2015–16), in which she assisted Lord Laming with his independent review of looked after children in the criminal justice system. 

Since joining PRT’s Transforming Lives team in 2017, Katy has led on developing proposed new legal protection for women whose offending is driven by their experience of domestic abuse, and developing the London Blueprint for Women in Contact with the Criminal Justice System.  Katy recently took on a part-time project for London charity Advance, to research and write a report entitled ‘A Place to Go Like This’ about the statutory and voluntary sector response to mothers involved in offending who are survivors of domestic abuse, and their children.

Katy is married with two children.

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Emily Evison, Communications and Support Officer

Prior to her role at PRT Emily studied MSc Criminal Justice Policy at LSE. Emily mentored at PLIAS Resettlement Ltd. for a number of years, a charity which supports ex-offenders to resettle into communities.

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