Prison Reform Trust Trustees

President - The Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH, CBE  

 

Honorary President - The Rt Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes CH

Lord Woolf was called to the Bar in 1955 and from 1973–74 was junior counsel, Inland Revenue. During this time he represented the Revenue in the majority of their leading cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. In 1974 Lord Woolf was appointed first Treasury Counsel (Common Law) which he held for five years. In 1979 he was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice, was made Lord Justice of Appeal in 1986, and Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 1992. Between 1996 and 2000 he was Master of the Rolls. He was appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales in 2000–2005 and retired in September 2005. He was a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong in 2003 to 2012 and was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in recognition of his services. He was the first President of the Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court, serving from 2006 to 2012 and Chair of the Prison Reform Trust from 2011 to 2016. In addition Lord Woolf has served as Chairman of Judges for the FIRST Responsible Capitalism Awards. Lord Woolf has served on a number of House of Lords Committees and is a current member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He has been Patron of the Woolf Institute, which promotes inter-faith understanding, since 1998. He holds honorary degrees from 22 universities and in 2015 he was awarded a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen.

 

Chair - James Timpson OBE

James is Chief Executive of the family retail business since 2003, growing the Manchester based business from 180 to 1500 shops that trade under the Timpson, Snappy Snaps and Max Spielmann brands. 10% of their colleagues were recruited direct from prison, making Timpson the largest employer of ex-offenders in the UK. The Timpson Foundation’s work with offenders has led to numerous Academies being set up within prisons to train offenders pre-release. James is Founding Chair of the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending and supported the Coates Review into prison education reform, as well as working with employers, schools and officials to further the employment of offenders. He was Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Newcastle University Business School, and is a Manchester City fan.


Treasurer - Elizabeth Rantzen

Alongside a career largely forged in corporate strategy and commercial law firm management, Elizabeth has spent over 25 years on charity boards, most significantly in the homelessness sector including Shelter, where she chaired the finance committee for a number of years. Her first degree was in Physics and she has an MBA with distinction from INSEAD in France. She was director of the J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust for eight years and now holds a number of roles include vice chair of West London Mental Health Trust and lay member in the Employment Tribunal.


Trustee - Maqsood Ahmed OBE

Maqsood Ahmed was appointed as Adviser to the Home Office in the Faith Communities Unit in 2003, which transferred to the Communities and Local Government in 2006 and is now called the Preventing Extremism Division. He was awarded an OBE for his groundbreaking work as the first Muslim Advisor to HM Prison Service. His background lies in working on anti-poverty, inter-faith and racial equality in a career which includes working in the Leicester Law Centre and the Watford Borough Council for 15 years. Other appointments include time spent as a Trustee and founding member of Drug, Alcohol Awareness Project in Ealing West London (DAAP) and Executor and founding member of the Leicester Central Mosque and Islamic Centre. He has been a Fellow of the Faith and Civil Society of Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge (2006–09) and is currently a Fellow of the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College. He has also been instrumental in holding the first ever Imams Rabbis conference in 2006 in London. This was followed in Manchester with Muslim/Jewish women dialogue event. He is also one of the Patrons of Abraham Fund UK, a Charity which works to increase Palestine/Jewish engagement. He was awarded The Muslim News Al-Barooni Award for Excellence in 2008 for his work with the Muslim Community and his Inter-faith work in the UK and internationally.

He was a Senior Advisor to the Department of Communities and Local Government; an Advisor at the UK Cross Government Unit of Research Information and Communication Unit (RICU) which sits within the Home Office. He is one of the Founding Trustee of 9/11 London Project, and educational work to mark 10 years’ anniversary of the 9/11 (2005–10).


Trustee - Rt Hon Lord Bradley

Keith Bradley was first elected to the House of Commons in 1987, having served as a councillor on Manchester City Council since 1983. After the 1997 general election he became a junior minister at the Department of Social Security, and then became Deputy Chief Whip and Treasurer of the Queen's Household in 1998. He was Minister of State at the Home Office for Criminal Justice, Sentencing, and Law Reform from 2001–02, and then a member of the Health Select Committee. He is a member of the Privy Council. Keith Bradley become a working life peer in the House of Lords, as Baron Bradley, of Withington in the County of Greater Manchester on 12 June 2006. Lord Bradley is an honorary special advisor at the University of Manchester, a non-executive director of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, and a Trustee of the Centre for Mental health. In December 2007 the Government invited Lord Bradley to lead an independent inquiry into diversion of offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities away from prison into other more appropriate services. The report makes recommendations on the organisation of effective court liaison and diversion arrangements and the services required to support them.

 

Trustee - Mifta Choudhury

Mifta Choudhury is the CEO and Founder of Youth Ink at the Heart of the Community, a service user led organisation which he established in 2016. In 2018 Youth Ink was the Recipient of the 2018–19 The Butler Trust Award for its work in the Youth Justice system. Mifta’s journey with the criminal justice system began at the age of 13 and he has served more the 12 years in custody.


Trustee - Dr Ben Crewe

Dr Ben Crewe has been at the Institute of Criminology since 2001, initially as a Nuffield Foundation New Career Development Fellow, and subsequently as a Senior Research Associate. He is currently Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre and Director of the MSt Penology Programme. From October 2015, he will hold a University Readership in Penology. Ben is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology, Palgrave Communications and the Prison Service Journal. He is an International Associate Board member of Punishment and Society, and is one of the series editors of Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology (with Yvonne Jewkes and Thomas Ugelvik). Current research projects include an ESRC-funded study of prisoners serving very long sentences from an early age (with Susie Hulley and Serena Wright); a NOMS-funded study of the role of prison governors; and from September 2015 a five-year, €2 million research project titled 'Penal policymaking and the prisoner experience: a comparative analysis', which will involve extensive fieldwork in England & Wales and one of the Nordic countries. 

 

Trustee - Geoff Dobson OBE

Geoff Dobson was chief probation officer of Hertfordshire Probation Service from 1989–2001 and in 1999 was elected by his peers as chair of the Association of Chief Officers of Probation (ACOP). He had started his career in 1970 as a probation officer with the Inner London Probation Service, where he held various management posts including warden of a probation and bail hostel and deputy chief with operational responsibility for services in all inner London boroughs south of the Thames. He co-founded and was treasurer of the Hackney and City of London Victim Support Scheme. From 2001 to 2012 he was deputy director of the Prison Reform Trust, serving as company secretary and clerk to the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group. He was a founding director of the Criminal Justice Alliance and has on several occasions been a guest inspector with HM Inspectorate of Prisons. For some years he was a trustee of the Restorative Justice Council. He is a Fellow of the Probation Institute and a trustee of the Butler Trust. In 2001 Geoff was awarded an OBE for his services to ACOP.


Trustee - The Rt Hon Sir Edward Garnier QC

Sir Edward Garnier was the Conservative MP for Harborough April 1992–June 2017. Called to the Bar 1976; Northern Ireland Bar 2010; Queen’s Counsel: 1995, Crown Court Recorder: 1998–2015; Bencher of the Middle Temple: 2001; Bencher Northern Ireland Inn of Court: 2010. He practises as a defamation and media law, international human rights law and corporate crime specialist from 1 Brick Court, Temple, and is a consultant to DLA Piper LLP. Visiting Parliamentary Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford: 1996–97. Member of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee: 1992–1994. Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to the Attorney General and Solicitor General, and to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: 1994–97.Shadow Minister, Lord Chancellor's Department: 1997–99; Shadow Attorney General: 1999–2001; Shadow Home Affairs Minister: 2005–07; Shadow Justice Minister: 2007–09; Shadow Attorney General: 2009–10. HM Solicitor General: 2010–12. Member of the Lords and Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights 2013–15. Knighted 2012. Privy Council 2015.

 

Trustee - Dr Ann Hagell

Dr Ann Hagell is Research Lead at the Association for Young People's Health in London.  AYPH seeks to raise the profile and understanding of young people's health needs, and to support professionals in the field.  Ann is a chartered psychologist and has published widely on topics relating to young people's wellbeing.  She studied for her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, was a Fulbright Scholar in the USA, and has a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She has worked with a range of universities, think-tanks and funders over the past 25 years and is committed to making research findings relevant and useful to policy and practice.  She is Consulting Editor of the Journal of Adolescence, and prior to working with AYPH she ran the Changing Adolescence programme at the Nuffield Foundation (2006–2012).  She is also a professional advisor to the Research in Practice Partnership Board.

 

Trustee - Julia Killick CBE

Julia started her career in London Local Authority Housing working for Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent before joining the Prison Service in 1998. Working at HMP Highdown, HMP Holloway and YOI Feltham as Head of Prisoner Care, Julia took charge of the Immigration Removal Centre Haslar, before moving to become Governor at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset. In 2010 Julia returned to Holloway as Governor and with her team of staff cared for 590 women, raising standards and resettlement opportunities whilst reducing self harm , as recognised by consecutive HMIP inspections. Julia retired in December 2015 and was awarded CBE for services to prisons in 2016. She now volunteers as trustee for a local Housing Association, as well as driving the community bus. Her interest in prisoner resettlement continues as a trustee of Liberty Kitchen and Step Together volunteering. Julia is a lay member of Central London Employment Tribunal.

 

Trustee - Michelle Nelson

Michelle Nelson is a barrister, who both defends and prosecutes. She has defended in cases from theft to child cruelty and prosecuted violence, drug supply and importation. She is on the Attorney General’s List and has been instructed to prosecute in large frauds and large-scale money laundering cases on their behalf. She prosecutes for the Serious Fraud office, including acting for them in relation to a Microsoft copyright fraud. Her work includes dealing with restraint and confiscation and she has worked at the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office advising on and pursuing restraint and forfeiture. In 2004, she spent three months in Jamaica defending in capital murder cases. She advises the Attorney General on and has represented the Attorney General in the Court of Appeal in unduly lenient sentence appeals. Michelle is a trustee of the board of the Prison Reform Trust. In this capacity she works to encourage reform of the prison system, whether by reducing the prison population or better providing for those in custody. Specifically, she advises on legal issues relevant to reform for example, the effect of IPP sentences.


Trustee - Nigel Newcomen CBE

Nigel Newcomen is the former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) for England and Wales 2011-17, and previously Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales 2003-2011. He has degrees from the universities of Kent, Surrey and London. He spent his early career in university research and teaching, followed by 10 years in the Probation Service working with offenders and then leading a research and information unit in London. He joined the Civil Service in 1991 and spent 12 years in the Home Office, mainly in Prison Service headquarters, where he led numerous prison policy and casework areas including standards, diversity, lifers, parole, drugs and offending behaviour programmes. He joined the Inspectorate of Prisons in 2003 as Deputy Chief Inspector and oversaw the development of its programming and methodology, including expansion into immigration, police and military detention. As PPO, he independently investigated all deaths in custody and provided the final stage of the prisoner complaint process. His tenure as PPO saw the introduction of a broad agenda of thematic publications distilling learning from across individual investigations. He has undertaken international work on prisons, including chairing a Council of Europe Committee on Life Sentence Prisoners and supporting European funded work to create complaint mechanisms in Chinese pre-trial detention facilities. He was awarded a CBE in 2011 and the Perrie Award in 2018.


Trustee - Junior Smart

Junior Smart was employed by St Giles Trust in 2006 where he set up the SOS Project as an ex-offender led gangs intervention project offering intensive, tailored one-to-one support for young people caught up in the negative vortex of gangs and weapons crime. Initially started as a small south London pilot, SOS has grown over the years to become London’s largest ex-offender gangs project; with a footprint across the capital helping over 600 young people annually to break free from gang, gun and knife crime and lead positive, productive lives in the community. Junior and his team have won multiple awards including The Charity Awards 2014, The Third Sector Excellence Awards 2011, the Centre for Social Justice Awards 2010 and The South London Press Awards 2008 to name a few. Junior was listed in the Evening Standard’s list of 1000 Influential Londoners in 2014 and 2015 in recognition of his campaigning work around the issue of London’s gang problem. Junior holds a first class BA Hons in Youth Work and a distinction in his MA in Youth Crime and Justice. He also holds numerous other qualifications in areas including conflict resolution, youth work, gangs work and substance misuse and is an accredited PTTLS trainer.


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