Prison Reform Trust staff

Director and Company Secretary - Peter Dawson

Peter Dawson is Director of the Prison Reform Trust. Peter spent the first 15 years of his career working in the Home Office in a variety of policy and managerial roles. This included two spells in the then Prison Department, culminating in a period on the Prisons Board.  He left Whitehall in 1999 to pursue a career within the operational arm of the Prison Service, working as a prison officer in HMP Brixton before returning there as Deputy Governor in 2002, and subsequently governing both HMP Downview (then a prison for women) and HMP High Down between 2005 and 2012. While at High Down, he oversaw the opening of the first “Clink” restaurant, and the prison became a centre for innovation, hosting new projects such as the Restore programme run by The Forgiveness Project.

In 2012, Peter left the public sector to join Sodexo Justice Services, and led the operational design and mobilisation of the company’s successful bids to run new community rehabilitation companies in 6 different regions. Peter spent 7 years as a Trustee for the Kenward Trust, a Kent based charity dedicated to the care of people with substance misuse problems, and is Patron of the Michael Varah Memorial Fund, a small grant giving charity. He also acted as an adviser to the Correctional Services of South Africa for a short period in 2003.

 

Administrator and Executive Support - Amy Brownrigg

Before joining PRT in 2018, Amy worked in the grants team at Comic Relief for almost three years. Prior to that she completed an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics at the University of Glasgow. Outside of work, Amy sews her own clothes and enjoys learning new crafts.

 

Administrator - Zoe Burton

 

Head of Finance & Human Resources - Sam O'Sullivan

 

Development Manager - Charlotte Story

Charlotte Story MInstF (Cert) is the development manager at the Prison Reform Trust. Her main role is relationship managing and fundraising from Trusts, Foundations and individuals and managing the Friends scheme. Prior to this role Charlotte worked on the advice and information service at PRT, responding to queries from and advocating on behalf of prisoners. Charlotte has over 16 years experience of working in the voluntary sector with a focus on criminal justice, with previous roles at Prisoners’ Families and Friends Service, managing volunteers supporting families at courts and running the Witness Service in a magistrates’ court for Victim Support. Charlotte volunteered as an appropriate adult for seven years and currently sits on the executive committee of her local Residents' Association,  volunteers in her local community garden and is the secretary of the parent and teacher association at a local school.

 

Head of Policy & Communications - Mark Day

Mark Day is head of policy and communications at the Prison Reform Trust. Previously he was deputy director of Progress and also deputy editor of Progress Magazine. Before that he was head of communications at the international thinktank Policy Network. Mark has worked in Parliament as a researcher for a Labour MP and also in the parliamentary office of the lobby group Stonewall. He is a trustee of the charity Unlock.

 

Senior Policy & Communications Officer - Alex Hewson

Alex Hewson is Senior Policy and Communications Officer at the Prison Reform Trust. He has previously worked in the Ministry of Justice's Women's Policy Team and in Parliament. He has responsibility for producing the Prison Reform Trust's Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile, and supporting work with the media and policy development.

 

Data and Communications Officer - Dr Matt Halliday

 

Policy Officer - Marc Conway

 

Policy Officer (women and equalities) - Emily Evison

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. Emily previously worked on the Transforming Lives, reducing women's imprisonment programme at PRT.

 

Publishing Manager - Tony Callaghan

Tony Callaghan joined the Prison Reform Trust in 2005 as publishing manager. He took on the IT responsibilities in 2007. Previously he was promotions manager at Index on Censorship a small organisation campaigning against censorship and promoting free expression. Tony holds qualifications in editing and proofreading, design and digital marketing.

 

Head of Research - Dr Kimmett Edgar

Dr Kimmett Edgar is head of research, having previously been senior research officer at the Oxford Centre for Criminological Research. His major work, Prison Violence: the dynamics of conflict, fear and power, explored the roots of prison violence in conflicts among prisoners. He is also co-author, with Tim Newell, of Restorative Justice in Prisons (2006). At the Prison Reform Trust, Kimmett has managed studies on race equality, mental health, financial exclusion, resettlement, prison councils, and active citizenship. He is a member of the Northern Ireland Ministerial Forum on Safer Custody; Quaker Representative to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; on the Perrie Lectures Committee; and a former chair of the Alternatives to Violence Project. He plays for Cuxham Cricket Club and sings in the LSO St Luke’s Community Choir.

 

Research Officer - Dr Mia Harris

Before joining PRT in 2019, Mia completed a PhD in Criminology at the University of Oxford, which explored the experiences of LGBT people in prison. During their PhD, Mia worked as a research assistant on several criminal justice-related projects, volunteered for the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Bullingdon, and taught qualitative methods at City, University of London.

  

Head of Prisoner Engagement - Paula Harriott

Paula was previously Head of Involvement at Revolving Doors Agency 2015–2017, where she provided consultancy to two Big Lottery programmes on service user involvement, as well as supporting the active involvement of the Lived Experience Team in the national Liaison and Diversion service. As Head of Programmes at User Voice 2010–2015 she led on development of  service user involvement in prison and probation, as well as forensic mental health services. She is a steering group member of Agenda, the coalition that seeks to support women and girls at risk and is a passionate advocate for highlighting the inequalities that affect vulnerable people in the criminal justice system and a trustee of the Community Chaplaincy Association.

Her passion for working with excluded members of the community stems from personal experiences as a prisoner 2004-2012. Her personal experiences and associated research – The experience of being a female prisoner Listener, a qualitative study submitted as part of a post graduate diploma in integrative psychotherapy, and The Health Needs of Women Offenders in Resettlement, commissioned by HOB PCT – sharpened her commitment to raising awareness of the issues faced by prisoners and to campaign and proactively deliver services which support both prisoners and ex-offenders to progress personally and strategically past the stigma of imprisonment and multiple exclusion.

 

Prison Engagement Officer - Soruche Saajedi

 

Advice & Information Service Manager - Ryan Harman

Ryan manages the Prison Reform Trust’s Advice and Information team, which is a small service for prisoners to access information on prison rules, prison conditions and life in prison. Prior to joining PRT in 2015 Ryan managed the delivery of resettlement services in prisons for St Giles Trust, including the Housing Information and Advice Service (HIAS) in HMP Wandsworth as well as some services implemented under the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda. Ryan also spent about 5 years working for frontline homeless services in London, offering advice and support for vulnerable people looking for accommodation and employment.

 

Advice & Information Officer - Ghazala Ashraf

 

Advice & Information Officer - Lynn Beckwith

 

Advice & Information Officer - Nicola Gregory

 

Project Director, Building Futures - David Maguire

 

Research Officer, Building Futures - Claudia Vince

 

Administrator, Building Futures - 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.

 

Senior Associate - John Drew CBE

John Drew is a senior associate of the Prison Reform Trust, a board member of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (a membership body representing 60 organisations working to improve the youth justice system, and chair of the Criminal Justice Alliance, which fulfils a similar function principally in respect of adult criminal justice. John is an independent safeguarding scrutineer of Cookham Wood Young Offender Institution and chair of the Management Board that oversees youth offending services in Surrey. John recently conducted a Serious Case Review for the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Partnership into the murder of a criminally exploited child. A social worker by origins, John Drew was Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales from 2009 to 2013 and prior to that worked for a decade as a Director of Social Services in east London.