We are privileged to have an advisory board with considerable experience and expertise in business, criminal justice, peer mentoring and academia. We meet quarterly and draw on specific experience as needed. Their commitment, support and advice is invaluable.
“My research focuses on peer and ‘user’ led services in criminal justice. This work has taught me that people who have lived through being criminalised and marginalised often have valuable knowledge and perspectives that can improve services. I learn so much from working with CLI which improves my own teaching in social work and criminal justice, I also get to share research findings from the voluntary sector more broadly to help inform the strategic decisions the organisation make. CLI are good at what they do because the people are passionate about their work and because they value a range of ‘expertise’, including personal, professional and academic.”
– Dr Gill Buck, Criminologist and Advisory Board Member
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Robbie has worked alongside Pete from the inception of CLI and is unfailingly generous with his time and experience in support of CLI.
Robbie has vast knowledge and experience working as a business professional in both the private and public sector, delivering business development programs, co-ordinating the resources of organisations and reconciling the often conflicting expectations of very different stakeholders – all of which he brings to support the business development of CLI.
He has worked at both boardroom and operational levels and has the great ability to set strategic focus, translating innovative and inventive thinking into real competitive advantage and added value. His wide ranging skills include hands-on experience of asset and profit accountability, ERDF (European Regional Development Funding) project management, developing innovative cost effective selling strategies and delivering high value projects including business relocation.
As an MBA with SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) and Membership of the Institute of Consulting (IC), he has extensive experience in many industry sectors from engineering to media and digital and working with multi-national corporate to SME’s to support the development and implementation of innovative products, services and management structures, ensuring sustainable positioning in an increasingly competitive world.
Gill is a senior lecturer in social work at the University of Chester and her research interests include peer led services, criminal justice, youth justice and the voluntary sector. As the programme leader for BA Social Work at Chester, she teaches social work theory and methods; human growth and development; and sociology and social policy.
She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the British Society of Criminology, the National Association of Youth Justice and the Howard League for Penal Reform and before working in research and teaching, spent eight years as a social worker in a youth offending team.
After a 20-year career in the probation service as a practitioner and manager, Paddy went on to join the prison service – where he worked for 15 years, mostly across the high security estate.
Paddy has governed four prisons, HMP Low Newton, Castington, Acklington and Frankland, and he now works as a senior advisor with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.
Alan joined the Prison Service in 1983 from Edinburgh University as an assistant governor serving initially at Her Majesty’s Young Offender Institute, Wellingborough, in Northamptonshire. After serving five years there in a number of roles he was posted to HMP Gartree in Leicestershire, where he remained for two years. He then went on become deputy governor of HMP Haverigg in Cumbria, later moving to HMP Preston in Lancashire to perform the same role before being promoted to governor there in 1996.
Alan then Governed HMP Wymott before becoming the area manager for the South West with responsibility for the 13 establishments in Gloucestershire, Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon. In 2010, he returned to the North West, taking responsibility for the 13 establishments across Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside and Cheshire. He is the Public Sector Prisons strategic lead for decency and SRO for the national roll out of “Five Minute Intervention”.
Ruth works at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and her doctoral studies examined life after release from prison, describing the gritty realities of trying to get out of a life of crime on a day to day basis.
She has published on the role of trust in desistance from crime, on the role of faith communities working alongside people released from prison, and on the realities of doing research with people in prison and after prison.
Ruth is passionate about CLI’s excellent volunteer mentoring work because it was so important to the people who took part in her doctoral studies, and one of her highlights of work with CLI was producing ‘Jogging with Jody’, a film that showed how placing trust in people trying to rebuild their lives after imprisonment can help them to deal with the difficulties they face along the way.
Ruth founded Learning Together alongside Dr Amy Ludlow which is a network of prison and universities, nationally and internationally that educates university students alongside prisoners.
Amy is a fellow in law at Gonville and Caius College and an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge. Her research interests span employment and EU law and she has particular expertise in public sector workforce management, restructuring and social procurement in the criminal justice sector.
She is widely published and has undertaken a variety of commissioned research including, for the Harris Review on self-inflicted deaths in custody. She has a particular interest on partnership education working between universities and criminal justice organisations, through an initiative that she has co-founded with our director Dr Ruth Armstrong called Learning Together.