Diane Curry OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group (POPS)
Diane Curry OBE is the Chief Executive of POPS and has worked for the charity for 19 years. Diane has vast experience in working within the Voluntary Sector of the Criminal Justice System and is also a qualified social worker. POPS was founded by families with experience of supporting somebody in custody and continues to be needs-led in its approach. Diane has been at the forefront of promoting the needs of offenders’ families and encouraging an innovative response to the provision of services for them that are reflective of their needs.
Diane has made outstanding contributions to the Criminal Justice Sector and is a significant pioneer and remarkable leader with regards to her work with offenders’ families and Black and Minority Ethnic Offenders. In 2002 Diane developed and implemented the Black Prisoners Support Project (BPSP) group work programs and has had a pivotal role in setting up the charity National Body of Black Prisoner Support Group now the Coalition for Racial Justice (CRJUK). In 2006 Diane received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, in recognition for her outstanding work in this area.
In 2013 Diane was invited to become an independent scrutiny panel member for the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner and is now a member of the GMP public protest panel and the AGMA Executive Steering Group. Diane also chairs the Greater Manchester BME Roundtable and represents POPS as a member of the Criminal Justice Alliance. Diane is also a member of the national RR3 (Reducing Re offending Third Sector Advisory Group)
Diane also sits on the following committees: Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3), Greater Manchester Police and Crime Steering Group (PCC), The Farmer Review, The Young Review and is Chair of the BME Roundtable Manchester.
Diane is committed to developing the involvement of families in the Troubled Families agenda and nationally, desistance.
Rory Geoghegan, Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice
Rory joined the Centre for Social Justice in 2017 as Head of Criminal Justice. Rory has previously worked in strategy at PwC and started working on criminal justice while at the Institute for Government and Policy Exchange authoring reports on policing, prisons and electronic monitoring. Rory has blended his criminal justice policy experience with frontline practice, spending five years as a police officer working across response, neighbourhoods and gangs in the Metropolitan Police. Rory graduated from the University of Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Trinity College.
Eoin Mclennan-Murray, Former President, Prison Governors Association
Eoin McLennan-Murray graduated from London University (Queen Mary College) with a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences in 1977 and joined the Prison Service in 1978 on their graduate scheme. He has worked in 10 different prisons, three of which as governing governor. In 2000 he completed his Masters Degree in Criminology and Prison Studies at The Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. He was President of the Prison Governors’ Association for 4.5 years before retiring from the Prison Service in 2015. He subsequently became a Trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and in 2016 was elected as Chair of the Trustee Board. He was also appointed as a specialist adviser to the Justice Select Committee in November 2016.
Steve Gillan, General Secretary, Prison Officers Associations
Son of a Shipyard Worker from Greenock, Scotland. Married with two adult children. Lives in Basildon, Essex.
Left school in 1979 and had a variety of jobs including banking and Ford Motor Company before joining the Prison Service in 1989 as a Prison Officer at HMP Chelmsford and promoted to Senior Officer in 1997 and transferred to HMP Bullwood Hall. He held positions on the local branch committees at both prisons as the POA Branch Secretary. In 2001 he worked at HMP Pentonville as a Senior Officer and temporary promoted Principal Officer.
POA National Official
2000 – 2001 Assistant Secretary
2002 – 2003 National Vice Chairman
2003 – 2006 Re-elected to National Vice Chairman
2006 – 2010 Elected National Finance Officer
2010 – Present Day Elected General Secretary
Frode Berg Olsen, Business Development Director, Security, Squarehead Technology AS
Frode Berg Olsen holds a M.Sc in physics and started his career as a scientist and research manager at Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. After 13 years in reaserch and a degree in management he was part of a group founding a video analytics company focusing on high security applications. Frode Berg Olsen servered there as CEO and CTO until the company was acquired. Frode joined Squarehead Technolgy in 2012.
Peter Dawson, Director and Company Secretary, Prison Reform Trust
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.
Nathan Dick, Head of Policy and Communications, Clinks
As part of the senior management team Nathan supports Clinks to develop both strategically and operationally. He oversees the highly regarded and active policy work of Clinks, and provides leadership to the communications and membership team. Nathan joined Clinks in 2006 and has since supported various parts of the voluntary sector working in criminal justice. Nathan has supported faith based organisations working with offenders, worked alongside the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) campaign calling for a different approach to young adults, supported the Race for Justice campaign and the Young Review which tackle discrimination in the Criminal Justice System, has run campaigns to increase through the gate mentoring services, and managed the Arts Alliance which advocates for creative arts in our criminal justice and community safety. Nathan also led Clinks’ Local Development Team, supporting and listening to the voluntary sector in London, South West, North East, Wales and Greater Manchester.
Matt Spencer, General Manager Public Security Business, 3M
Matt Spencer has been General Manager of the 3M Public Security Business for 8 years working on security focussed national contracts for the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Office for National statistics and the National Health Service for secure printing including passports, visas and prescription forms, biometric systems for UK policing using mobile biometric identification systems, border control systems and latterly electronic monitoring. He has led the implementation and management of many complex and sensitive government contracts most recently the introduction of the Ministry of Justice Pilot to test GPS monitoring.
Christine Kelly, Assistant Head of Health and Justice Commissioning, NHS England
Chris Kelly is Assistant Head of Health and Justice for NHS England National Team, a post she has held since 1st April 2013.
Chris had a long career in the National Probation Service serving in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire (1988-2004) moving from a management position in Nottinghamshire Probation Area in 2004 to commission the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) on behalf of Nottinghamshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team.
Whilst with this team, Chris worked with the Home Office to support the strategic development of this programme and led a nationally acclaimed programme in this area for Nottinghamshire.
During her tenure with Nottinghamshire Chris also worked with the University of Central Lancashire in the Centre for Ethnicity and Health leading on a short programme of work sponsored by the Home Office. This was to develop BME access to DIP services by training and supporting service users from BME communities to manage their own research and develop services fit for purpose across the country for those in the community and in custody.
She was also part of the working group run by the Home office on developing the Around Arrest Beyond Release suite of documents, offering national guidance for the delivery of engaging family and carers in supporting recovery, and was at the forefront of developing the recovery capitol agenda in respect of managing substance dependants to be better supported in their recovery.
Chris became the manager of the DAAT in Nottinghamshire and then in 2009 moved to a Deputy Director position in CRI, a provider organisation delivering substance misuse services in both community and custodial settings.
In 2011 Chris led the Drug and Alcohol Action Team in Worcestershire and left there when she took up her position with NHS England.
Recently Chris completed a 6 month secondment to support the direct commissioning of community substance misuse services for Northumberland working for Northumberland County Council in the Public Health directorate.
Jessica Stubbs, Researcher, Centre for Mental Health
Jessica Stubbs is a researcher at the Centre for Mental Health and has primarily been involved in exploring issues that affect the mental health and wellbeing of people in the Criminal Justice System. Over the past three and a half years, she has been evaluating the INTEGRATE model, an innovative psychological approach of working with young people affected by serious youth violence in the community. She has developed a peer-led research programme, supporting young people to conduct research on their experiences of the justice system. Jessica has also done research in prisons exploring what contributes to poor mental health and risk of suicide as well as conducting a mental health needs analysis in Immigration Removal Centres. She is currently studying Psychology and has a Masters in Evidence Based Social Intervention and a degree in Social Policy. Previously, she worked as a youth worker at Ebony Horse Club in Brixton.
Professor Sheila Bird OBE FRSE, Programme Leader in Biostatistics Research at the MRC Biostatistics Unit (BSU)
Programme Leader in Biostatistics Research at the MRC Biostatistics Unit (BSU), Professor Sheila Bird OBE FRSE, has spent the past 35 years applying her statistical skills to a range of areas that have direct public health policy implications, from transplantation to prisoners’ mortality. As she retires from the MRC, she tells us about some of her research highlights, why she chose a career in biostatistics and provides words of wisdom for future biostatisticians.
Career in brief
- Part-time PhD while lecturer in statistics at Aberdeen University
- Joined the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge in 1980
- Made an MRC programme leader in 1996
- Made an OBE in 2011
John Illingsworth, Director of North West Prisons, Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) (formerly known as NOMS)
John Illingsworth has worked in prisons since 1984 with a 5 year break to pursue Christian ministry before returning in 2009. He has been Governor in charge of four prisons (Lancaster Castle, Garth, Liverpool and Wymott) and has been working in his current post since September 2016.
He aims to inspire others to give of their best and to engender hope for staff, partners, colleagues and prisoners. He is committed to improving safety and security with a clear focus on rehabilitation.
There are well documented pressures, but John sees the reform agenda as a positive opportunity for change.
Kate Fraser, Northern Services Development Manager, Women in Prison & Project Coordinator, Greater Manchester Women Offenders Alliance
Kate Fraser is the Project Coordinator for the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance consisting of seven local charities engaging in a ‘whole system approach’ of support to women involved in the Criminal Justice System across all ten boroughs in Greater Manchester.
Kate also holds the post of Northern Development Manager for Women in Prison, a national charity supporting women affected by the criminal justice system and campaigning for social justice since 1983.
Previously at Nacro, Kate managed Supported Housing Projects for offenders and substance misusers and developed and mobilised several innovative projects including a Floating Support Scheme for Young People aged 18-24 in Stockport and Prolific Offenders in Manchester. Kate was also responsible for the set up and management of the National Treatment Agency’s T4 Project in Barnsley.
In addition, Kate has personal experience of the criminal justice system.
Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners’ Education Trust
Rod Clark joined Prisoners Education Trust in February 2013. He came from an extensive career in social policy in the Civil Service. Much of his early career was in the field of Social Security including work on policy, strategy, planning, operational management and a spell as Principal Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP as Secretary of State for Social Security. He was on the Board of the Department for Constitutional Affairs as Director General Strategy when the National Offender Management Service merged to create the Ministry of Justice. He was also Chief Executive of the Civil Service’s internal training organisation, the National School of Government. Rod was pleased to have been a member of the expert panel for Dame Sally Coates review of prison education commissioned by the Justice Secretary. He is also a member of the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory panel.