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Charlie is a Director, Producer, Writer, Dancer, Songwriter, Filmmaker, Puppeteer and Artist. Charlie is also an ex-political prisoner who served 8 months in prison in 1995 for his part in a violent protest against the BNP headquarters in Welling in 1993.
In 2007 Charlie turned his experience into a one-man play using puppets, masks, physical theatre, dance and silence. The play’s aim was to question people’s perceptions of prison and prisoners. Charlie has since developed this into a feature film using puppets, masks, dance, poetry and visual art to share his story.
In June 2008 Charlie got a job with Anne Peaker Centre, which promoted and supported the use of arts in prisons in the UK. As part of his role he edited an arts magazine for prisoners and ex-prisoners called ‘The A Word’. The magazine covered the themes of forgiveness, hope, happiness and learning. In Feb 2009 the magazine was runner up for a Prison Action Net Award for excellence in work to strengthen positive identity and belonging in Prisoners and ex-prisoners.
Charlie currently works part-time as an Outreach Worker at HMP Wormwood Scrubs Community Chaplaincy providing mentors to support prisoners on their release from prison.
David is a freelance journalist and television producer. He has worked in social/ current affairs for 23 years mainly working for The BBC, Channel 4 and Sky News. David is a campaigner for looked after children and people with convictions and is often asked to talk about related issues. He addresses conferences, trains social workers and is a committed mentor to scores of young people. He served in the board of the Princes Trust for 10 years, ran a hostel for 15 and lives on a boat in London.
Derek is a well-known Governor who has dedicated more than 36 years to the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the SPS.
Derek joined the service in 1978 as a prison officer, worked through the ranks to become the Governor in Charge of Barlinnie, which is Scotland’s largest prison, with numbers averaging 1400 plus. He was previously the Governor of Polmont Young Offenders Institution for 5 years and prior to that was the Governor of Greenock Prison for 4 years. He has held a number of other senior posts in SPS headquarters in Edinburgh and other prisons over many years doing Policy, Development and Restructuring work across all prison sites. His particular interest is in the use of Arts, Music and drama as alternative strategies to help reducing reoffending rates.
Frances worked for different Probation services for 15 years specialising in work with sex offenders and becoming an Assistant Chief in Greater Manchester. She then was seconded to HM Inspectorate of Probation becoming the Deputy Chief: joint inspections included resettlement, children’s safeguards and race equality. Frances then moved to lead Victims Policy in the Home Office. Other senior civil service roles in the Ministry of Justice included leading policy work on reducing re-offending and the contribution of the voluntary sector.
Her most recent MoJ role included leading the Government’s strategy to divert women from custody and crime through working with Probation and the voluntary sector to provide one stop shops in the community as part of community sentences. Frances now works for Catch22 leading work on people with convictions and their rehabilitation in the community.
Frans is the General Director of four penitentiary institutes in the North of Holland. Frans also has the portfolio of “reintegration” within the system. Starting 34 years ago, Frans worked as an attendant for criminal youth and for ten years as head of a department in the Pretrial assessment clinic, Pieter Baan Centrum. Frans became a prison governor in Hoorn in 1988 and has worked a few years at the Ministry of Justice and implemented a national programme for the detention data and observation reports for all Dutch prison staff. He became Governor in Amsterdam and was Director of the Psychiatric Treatment Unit of the Dutch Prison System. For about ten years he was a part-time consultant for the Global Initiative on Psychiatry and did projects on prison mental health and forensic psychiatry in St Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Georgia, Lithuania, Curacao and Bonaire. Frans visited two No Offence! conferences and took the initiative to start a similar community in Holland, starting with a conference in November. He hopes to cooperate with No Offence! in the further development of this project.
Frans is happily married with Nel since 1980 and has a daughter Linda, 29, working as a brain researcher at Harvard and MIT in Boston and a son, Simon, 27, who is an independent entrepreneur in the field of training/coaching and crowd funding.
Iqbal Wahhab was born in Bangladesh and came to Britain at the age of eight months. He was educated in London and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. After working as a journalist in the national press for three years, in 1991 he set up his own PR firm which specialised in food, drink and restaurants and then in 1994 he launched Tandoori Magazine. He sold out of the magazine to launch the multi award winning Cinnamon Club in 2001 – a restaurant and bar aimed to change the way we view Indian dining. In 2003 he co-authored The Cinnamon Club Cookbook and in 2005 opened the highly successful Roast, a British restaurant and bar in Borough Market.
Chair, Autograph ABP www.autograph-abp.co.uk
Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts
Chair, The Asian Restaurants Skills Board
Patron, Mum’s The Chef
Commissioner, The UK Commission for Employment and Skills
On-Trade Business Person of the Year 2008, The Drinks Business
Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration, University of East London
Honorary Doctorate in Science, University of West London
Voted Restaurant Personality of the Year by Menu Magazine
Voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey
Retailer of the Year, Pig and Poultry Marketing awards 2009
Director of the Month January 2010, The Director magazine
Entrepreneur of the Year, Muslim News Awards 2010
Listed in the Caterer Power 100
Listed in the GQ 100 Most Connected
“Iqbal is a restaurateur par excellence, combining a passion for food with an art for communication, fine attention to detail and sound commercial acumen.” – Mark Price Managing Director of Waitrose on waitrose.com
“National Treasure” – The Times
Iqbal received an OBE in the 2010 New Years Honours list for public service and services to the hospitality industry
James is Chief Executive of Timpson, a family retail business based in Manchester. Through 700 shops across the UK and Ireland Timpson is the largest shoe repairer, key cutter, engraver and watch repairer. James and his father John have created a unique business culture that is based on recruiting personalities and giving them complete authority to run their shops however they want.
Timpson’s maverick approach to recruitment has also enabled them to successfully forge relationships with prisons across the UK, working closely together to identify ‘personalities’ within the system. Training is provided to those selected with the view that upon release they may secure employment with the Company. Employees joining the Company via this avenue are part of the ‘Timpson Foundation’, which is an internal initiative offering help and support to the individuals concerned. Watch the video James produced for NoOffence!
John commenced working for Serco Home Affairs in Sept 2005 transferring from Securicor, where he was the Director responsible for managing all of the Courts in and around London and the M25. Prior to this spent 16 years in the public Sector Prison Service finishing his time as the Contract Manager for the London Metropolitan Court Escorting Contract.
On transferring into Serco spent some time in HMP Dovegate before moving to HMP Lowdham Grange as Deputy Director before taking up the role of Contract Director in Sept 2007. Whilst at Lowdham Grange led the prison to Level 4 High Performing Prison status and introduced a number of innovations around in-cell telephony, education and resettlement initiatives.
John was previously the Director at HMP & YOI Doncaster and enjoyed the challenge of getting into the issues regarding performance improvement, driving through change and (importantly for him) leading staff. John’s ‘can-do’ attitude, enthusiasm and approachability have made him a dynamic leader that staff cannot help but follow. Just 18 months after taking over as Contract Director, John transformed HMP & YOI Doncaster into an exemplary prison. John is now Director at HMP Thameside.
John was voted 2010 Guardian Newspapers Public Servant Of The Year and in 2014 was awarded an OBE.
Navnit Dholakia was appointed Baron Dholakia of Waltham Brooks and introduced to the House of Lords on 29 October 1997. Lord Dholakia was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for the County of West Sussex in June 1999. He is the President of Nacro , the crime reduction charity. He is a Vice President of the Mental Health Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Policy Research Institute on Aging and Ethnicity. He serves on the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.
Lord Dholakia is a Patron of many charitable organisations including the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan the iIndian Cultural Centre in Kensington.Lord Dholakia has held appointments with the Commission for Racial Equality and the Police Complaints Authority. He has served on the Council of Save the Children Fund and the Howard League of Penal Reform. He continues to serve on the Editorial Board of the Howard Journal.
Lord Dholakia was a member of the Ethnic Minority Advisory Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and served on Lord Carlisle’s Committee on Parole Systems Review. He served as a Magistrate and also as a member of the Board of Visitors for HM Prison Lewes. He was elected President of the Liberal Democrats from 2000-2004. He was appointed Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords in December 2004.Lord Dholakia has won a number of prominent awards including “Asian of the Year” in November 2000. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by the Government of India in January 2003. In 2008 he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by Lions Clubs International Foundation. Lord Dholakia was awarded an Hon. Doctor of Laws Degree by the University of Hertfordhire in 2009, and an Honourary Doctorate from the University of York and from the University of East London in 2010.Lord Dholakia was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011.
After retiring from the Regular Army in 1993, in the rank of General, I was appointed HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales in 1993, from which I retired in 2001. During that time I visited and/or inspected every prison in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as others in Australia, America, Canada, Germany, the Caribbean Overseas Territories and Scotland. I was appointed an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2005, where I concentrate on penal reform and defence matters.
Paul is CEO of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, they are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing and believe that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them.
Paul, born in 1963, was previously Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness and Director of Service Development for NHS Direct. He has previously been involved in the implementation of a number of other major national government initiatives including the Next Steps Programme and the 1993 Community Care Reforms. He has an MBA from Manchester Business School.
He was awarded an OBE in 2002 for his role in setting up NHS Direct.
He is a member of the Carers’ Standing Commission.
Paul is married with two children and lives in Leeds. He is a passionate supporter of the Welsh Rugby Team.
Rob Owen is Chief Executive of St Giles Trust, a multi award winning charity that helps break the cycle of re-offending. The cornerstone of St Giles services is their innovative use of trained people with convictions who use their first hand experiences to provide services to others. Key services for St Giles revolve around housing and employment, providing intensive support to people leaving prison, work with gang members and work with families and children. They also work with disadvantaged people in the community.
St Giles Trust was voted Britain’s Most Innovative Charity, as well as being a Charity of the Year award winner, a Sunday Times top five Best 100 Companies to work for winner and excitingly one of the first organisations to deliver the world’s first ‘Social Impact Bond’.
Previously Rob was an Investment Banker working in London and Tokyo. He has led multiple polar and high altitude expeditions raising money for charity, as well as completing the Marathon Des Sables and infamous Devizes to Westminster kayak race. He is a published author on the subject of sports sponsorship.
Rob Owen received his OBE in 2015 in recognition of his work heading up St Giles Trust and being a passionate and vocal advocate for their clients.
Professor Senior has been involved in professional education and research for over 30 years. His professional background is in the Probation Service where he worked heavily in the youth offending field, with courts, the legal professions and prison resettlement and with the voluntary and community sector. His current role is as Director of the Hallam Centre for Community Justice.
Between 1995 and 2001 he also worked as a freelance consultant working on many projects with the Home Office, Community Justice National Training Organisation, Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW), Skills for Justice, and other national organisations. Professor Senior is in a unique position of being both policy developer and involved in implementation of policy. Paul played a key role with the Probation Service and then the Youth Justice Board in developing professional training.
More recently Paul has worked on European projects and internationally in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Paul has published widely on the Probation Service, resettlement, training and staff development, the Voluntary and Community Sector and on criminal justice policy making. He has published two books recently on Understanding Modernisation in Criminal Justice (with C Crowther-Dowey and M Long) 2007) and Moments in Probation (2008).
Paul co-edits an international journal launched in 2002 – the British Journal of Community Justice and runs the information exchange website – the Community Justice Portal (www.cjp.org.uk) as well as being an active contract researcher and consultant specialising in resettlement, community and restorative justice, reducing re-offending strategies, offender management, the role of the voluntary and community sector and community re-entry of people with convictions.
Paul has recently become a Director at the Probation Institute.
Russell trained as a probation officer until a year working in the States sent him in new directions. He has worked full time as an independent consultant, researcher, writer and trainer specialising in the fields of drugs and crime since 1996. He has particular expertise around young people, offender health, social networking/digital engagement and payment by results. He is a regular blogger on these issues.
He is the author or co-author of over 30 national publications on issues relating to drugs, alcohol and offending. He is also a Health Education Authority certified trainer. As an independent consultant and trainer, Russell seeks to keep at the forefront of policy and practice development while maintaining hands-on experience of work with the local voluntary sector. He balances a portfolio that includes international research studies; national policy advice and needs assessment and evaluation work with community organisations. Russell continues to specialise in multi-agency partnership work and has developed his own partnerships with several organisations including the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck College London, Red Kite Learning and NoOffence!.
After graduating from Sheffield Polytechnic, started his working life in the NHS before beginning Prison Governor training in 1982. Worked at Lincoln Prison, Deerbolt Borstal (Barnard Castle) and Frankland High Security Prison (Durham City) before moving to a succession of Whitehall posts. This period included work on reducing delay in the criminal justice system and led to the introduction of Narey Courts which succeeded in significantly reducing court delays.
Returned to the Prison Service in 1996 as Head of Security Policy before joining the Prisons Board as Director of Resettlement in 1997. Was appointed Director General of Prisons in 1998. Following a merger of Prisons and Probation in 2003 he became the first CEO of the National Offender Management Service.
He resigned in 2005 to become Chief Executive of Barnardo’s . After a very successful five years during which he chaired The Campaign To End Child Poverty and during which Barnardo’s grew by 40% to become, once again, the UK’s biggest children’s charity, he left in 2011 to spend more time at his home in North Yorkshire.
He advises Michael Gove and the Department for Education on children’s social care. He is Chair of the Portman Group Complaints Panel and is a member of the Board of the Advertising Standards Authority. He writes regularly for The Times and other newspapers and is a visiting Professor at the Universities of Durham and Sheffied Hallam
Steve has been working in Training and Development for 30 years and sits as a Director on Four Companies AQT Limited, London Working Limited, AQT London Limited and EEVT Limited.
As Business Development Director he currently sends out a weekly bids and Contracts information sheet and Newsletter to some 2,500 plus organisations. In the past Steve has worked on Projects via bids won with St Giles Trust, London Probation via Computer Gym UK Limited and worked on NIACE contracts with long-term people with convictions on release in the East of England. Steve is very committed to helping NoOffence!. “When I was a young man, it could have gone either way, I know that support is very important to help others”
Steve also supports PLIAS Resettlement which is a registered Charity and not-for-profit organisation that supports the reintegration of people with convictions back into the community. We aim to reduce the risk of re-offending by providing education and training, employment information and advice, housing advice and guidance and mentoring. As part of our crime prevention strategy, they frequently run a number of crime awareness workshops including issues such as crime prevention, gun and knife crime, hate crime and e-safety.
In his spare time he enjoys DJ work playing Northern Soul and House Music as a hobby and relaxation along with collecting Danish Ceramics. He lives with Lisa his lifelong partner in Clacton on Sea Essex.
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