COMMENDEE 2017-18: In a career in probation spanning a remarkable 45 years, Chris Munn has helped lead innovative practice across several areas, including female offenders and sexual and violent offenders, as well as veterans and foreign nationals. It is a tribute to her many qualities – she is summed up as a ‘stalwart’ – that much of that practice is still discernible, and still changing lives.
Our Winners 2017-18
COMMENDEE 2017-18: Rachel O’Connor developed a new and more holistic approach to help some of the most complex offenders in HMP Styal, a women’s prison in Cheshire. Intelligently connecting the dots between numerous agencies and women’s support groups, Rachel has changed ‘hundreds of lives’. Her impact is movingly captured in one former, longstanding, prolific offender’s words, who finally found the courage to give evidence against a domestic abuser, and recently commented that, “she feels so much stronger having the support of so many strong women around her now.”
COMMENDEE 2017-18: Ray Stuart is a Specialist Bicycle Maintenance Instructor at HMP Kirkham. Over last five years he has created a remarkable bike workshop. It’s sent some 600 bikes to developing countries in partnership with the Margaret Carey Foundation, trained and qualified dozens of men to industry standards, and developed life-changing work opportunities for some on their release.
COMMENDEE 2017-18: Tressa Vaill devises, co-ordinates, and runs visits at HMP Grendon, a unique therapeutic community, and HMP Springhill, an open prison nearby. Her pioneering approach to rethinking visits – recognising them as an important way to foster rehabilitation – is inspiring, as are the moving words of many of the prisoners who, alongside senior colleagues, nominated her.
COMMENDEE 2017-18: Andrew Wright is a Farm Manager at HMP North Sea Camp, a men’s open prison in Lincolnshire hemmed by the sea, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a National Nature Reserve, and, poetically, a tidal river called The Haven. For almost two decades, his extraordinary work with prisoners has introduced many to the power of nature, and of caring for animals, with remarkable results.