Details of our most recent Award Winners and Commendees can be found below. For details of previous years’ winners, since 2009, see the links on the right hand side of this page.
Our 2015-16 Winners
As ever, the stories behind the 2015-16 Butler Trust winners – varied, inspiring, and often moving – offer a snapshot of some of the very best work in our prison, probation, community and youth justice services [see the bottom of the page for a list of their names].
Remarkably, many of this year’s nominations came from offenders or included heartfelt offender testimonials. “If I didn’t have an officer like her I would not be alive today,” said one. She was among several women prisoners, including lifers – some of whom “have never seen an olive” – praising the passion and energy of Sarah Jones of HMP Bronzefield, and her winning recipe of cookery, drama and fund-raising. There’s more cookery in a touching tale of a breakthrough at Kent, Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) when Joanne Wood – described as ‘the mould for the perfect probation officer’ – baked a cake with an offender.
VIP visitors have called Neil Barclay a ‘fantastic’ librarian – an account evoking the library in The Shawshank Redemption, only in HMP Thameside. Bob Leckie at HMP Thorn Cross cleverly uses gardening as a route into education, while HMP Kirkham’s Alan Pitham is also leading the charge for horticulture with award-winning gardens growing food, flowers, rare breed cattle and pigs. Paul Elliott at HMP/YOI Castle Huntly inspired veterans in custody to create a Memorial Garden, while Walter Logan of HMP Shotts helped veterans in custody across the entire Scottish Prison Service estate.
Hannah Hunt is a nationally recognised leader on diversity for Essex CRC, who also benefit from Paul Brown’s relentless commitment to finding accommodation for difficult cases. Phil Forder at HMP/YOI Parc in Wales helped jump-start remarkable diversity initiatives – and the prison’s inspirational Christopher Bowditch, David Hayes, Christopher Jones and Matthew Williams have led the world on LGBT while deploying the gym as an engine of change.
Sarah Caden and Susan Stewart of County Durham Youth Offending Service have dramatically shifted their county’s speech, language & communication strategy for young offenders, while Dr Julie Carlisle and Sarah Kane of the National Probation Service (North West) are tackling personality disorder issues for probation services on Merseyside. Psychological expertise drives Dr Kerensa Hocken’s work at HMP Whatton, including with intellectually disabled and deaf prisoners in the largest treatment centre for sex offenders in Europe, as well as Dr Lorraine Johnstone’s innovative Scottish intervention for young offenders at the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice.
Outstanding interpersonal skills led to Peter Jarvis’ Award-winning nomination being signed by 60 prisoners at HMP Full Sutton. A similar gift for connecting led to several prisoners nominating Fatima Boukili at the therapeutic community at HMP Grendon, who receives a Commendation. At HMP/YOI Hatfield, Sharon Beardon’s “special blend of commitment, enthusiasm and resilience” in training and careers advice is achieving impressive results.
Jeffrey Bennett runs an internationally renowned braille workshop at HMP Garth and volunteer Andy Cereseto’s efforts helped save a charity running a drop-in centre. Lynda Elliott is Commended for her achievement in setting up the charmingly named Judge & Barista coffee shop at HMP Durham. Belinda ‘Bins’ Garrett at HMP Hewell has “the extraordinary gift of wanting to improve everyone’s lives – prisoners, staff and the community,” leading schemes from rescuing a pond to assisting the elderly and disabled. One prisoner said, “Every family should have a ‘Bins’ and then people wouldn’t come to jail.”
Over decades of work, Nigel Hosking at London CRC has pioneered innovative probation practice now regarded as the ‘industry standard’. David Morris of Kent, Surrey & Sussex CRC is another kind of pioneer: showing the power of delivering excellence from behind a reception desk. Meanwhile Andrew Murray, Lisa Potter and Dr Sue Smith have forged ground-breaking autism practice across Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire CRC.
A string of compelling case studies testify to the passion and ‘heartfelt belief’ shown by Kirsty Huish in HMP Peterborough, while at HMP Huntercombe, Dave Willis deploys “knowledge, experience, a sense of decency and a supportive style” to help deliver “remarkably low-levels of self-harm and violence”. At HMP Full Sutton, Emma Powell and Ian Walton have also made a very strong impact on self-harm and violence among “some of the most challenging, disruptive and dangerous men within the Prison Estate.”
You can also read about how former prisoner Allan McGinley turned his life around by helping offenders in Scotland or get hooked in by the story of Gary Pearson’s fly-fishing workshop at HMP Exeter.
Our winners are often surprised to be singled out among the thousands of staff and volunteers dealing with society’s most troubled people. But the sector’s efforts are rarely publicly acknowledged and so, for over 30 years, the Trust has justly celebrated some of the many outstanding people working with offenders.
So, after a lengthy sifting and judging process of the more than 300 nominations originally submitted from across the UK, meet the 2015-16 Butler Trust Award Winners and Commendees – click on their names for full details of their inspirational achievements:
Award Winners 2015-16
Neil Barclay (HMP Thameside)
[keywords: learning & skills, education, literacy, libraries]
Sarah Caden & Susan Stewart (County Durham Youth Offending Service)
[keywords: young offenders, learning disability, skills training, learning and skills, victim support]
Dr Julie Carlisle & Sarah Kane (National Probation Service, North West)
[keywords: personality disorder, public protection]
Dr Kerensa Hocken (HMP Whatton)
[keywords: sex offenders, learning disability, therapeutic community]
Hannah Hunt (Essex CRC)
[keywords: LGBT, diversity, transgender]
Peter Jarvis (HMP Full Sutton)
[keywords: long-term prisoners, lifers, staff/prisoner relationships]
Dr Lorraine Johnstone (Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice)
[keywords: young offenders, violence, risk of harm]
Sarah Jones (HMP Bronzefield)
[keywords: female offenders, lifers, long-term prisoners]
Bob Leckie (HMP Thorn Cross)
[keywords: education, employment, gardens/horticulture]
Joanne Wood (Kent, Surrey & Sussex CRC)
[keywords: prolific offenders, public protection, substance misuse]
Sharon Beardon (HMP/YOI Hatfield)
[keywords: employment, skills training, education]
Jeffrey Bennett (HMP Garth)
[keywords: education, skills training, employment]
Fatima Boukili (HMP Grendon)
[keywords: families, offending behaviour programmes, therapeutic community]
Christopher Bowditch, David Hayes, Christopher Jones & Matthew Williams (HMP Parc)
[keywords: physical education, sport, LGBT, diversity, older prisoners]
Paul Brown (Essex CRC)
[keywords: housing, high-risk offenders]
Andy Cereseto (DLNR CRC)
[keywords: volunteering, substance misuse, drugs]
Lynda Elliott (HMP Durham)
[keywords: learning and skills, employment]
Paul Elliott (HMP/YOI Castle Huntly)
[keywords: veterans, mental health, employment, gardens/horticulture]
Phil Forder (HMP/YOI Parc)
[keywords: LGBT, vulnerable prisoners, safer custody, peer mentoring, education, health, bullying]
Belinda Garratt (HMP Hewell)
[keywords: families, learning and skills, training, employment]
Nigel Hosking (London CRC)
[keywords: training, management, learning]
Kirsty Huish (HMP Peterborough)
[keywords: female offenders, reducing reoffending, complex needs, vulnerable prisoners]
Walter Logan (HMP Shotts)
Allan McGinley (South Lanarkshire Council)
[keywords: mentoring, education, life coaching]
David Morris (Kent, Surrey & Sussex CRC)
[keywords: offender management, resettlement, training, induction]
Andrew Murray, Lisa Potter & Sue Smith (BGSW CRC)
[keywords: learning disability, autism, training]
Gary Pearson (HMP Exeter)
[keywords: employment, education, learning, sport]
Alan Pitham (HMP Kirkham)
[keywords: education, learning and skills, training, environment]
Emma Powell & Ian Walton (HMP Full Sutton)
[keywords: mental health, personality disorder, complex needs, long-term prisoners]
Dave Willis (HMP Huntercombe)
[keywords: complex needs, mentoring, staff/prisoner relationships]