Celebrating and promoting the best in UK prisons, probation and youth justice

Jan 1, 2022

VICKY WALTON (North East National Probation Service)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: In a nomination supported widely, including in moving testimony from service users who describe her as “brilliant” and a “superstar”, Vicky receives an Award for being quite simply exceptional, in all aspects of her role, as a Probation Services Officer for the NPS in Middlesbrough. [This Award is supported by Interventions Alliance.]
Jan 1, 2022

AUDREY BECKFORD (West Midlands National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Audrey’s Commendation is for her outstanding work with West Midlands NPS’ Further Serious Offence Team, for the leadership and support she provides to colleagues, and for driving best practice across the region and beyond.  
Jan 1, 2022

NATALIE HILL (West Midlands National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Described as “an exceptional leader”, Natalie’s Commendation is for her exemplary management and support of staff dealing with a critical incident, and its aftermath, in her role as Head of Staffordshire NPS.
Jan 1, 2022

MYRA HOGAN (East Midlands National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Myra’s Commendation is for all-round excellence as a Case Administrator, for over three decades, with East Midlands NPS; praised widely by colleagues, she is described as “irreplaceable”, “our lynchpin”, and “The Queen of Probation”.
Jan 1, 2022

STEVEN SWAN (Merseyside CRC / North West NPS)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Steven is Commended for his work as a Probation Services Officer in Merseyside, in particular for his tireless efforts, and ability to inspire hope and change, with some of the most challenging young men in the area.
Jan 1, 2021

PAT BANNIGAN (SWM CRC)

AWARD WINNER 2020-21: Described as “wonderfully kind and generous”, “extremely hard working”, and “an absolute star”, Pat’s Award is for his outstanding financial support work with the Staffs & West Mids CRC, including helping service users set up more than 2,500 bank accounts, and assisting them with debts of almost £10 million. [This Award is supported by G4S Care & Justice Services.]
Jan 1, 2021

JOY KEENAN (North West National Probation Service)

AWARD WINNER 2020-21: Described as “inspirational”, “dedicated”, and “a wonderful colleague”, Joy receives an Award for her exceptional leadership, passion and vision as a Probation Manager in Liverpool, and in particular for her ground-breaking contributions to tackling knife crime and “County Lines” in the area. [This Award is supported by Serco Justice Services.]
Jan 1, 2021

EVE CHESTER (North West National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Eve is granted a Commendation for her “drive, determination, and, most of all, unrivalled empathy and compassion”, as a Probation Officer with North West NPS – “she is an inspiration” to both colleagues and service users.
Jan 1, 2021

ROLAND CLARK (South East & Eastern National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Roland’s Commendation is for his outstanding work as a Victim Liaison Officer with Essex Probation, for his “wonderful and compassionate character”, and for his particular skill in dealing with some of the most challenging cases.
Jan 1, 2021

BEN EATON, SUE KIDNEY & PARMJIT SINGH RAI (DLNR CRC)

COMMENDEES 2020-21: Ben, Sue and Parmjit are Commended for being the driving force behind the innovative and highly successful STAR housing project, at DLNR CRC, helping to Support, Transform, and Resettle male service users in Derbyshire.
Jan 1, 2021

SUSAN LANZER (London CRC)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Susan receives a Commendation for all-round excellence as a Probation Officer in London, over more than 30 years, and is praised for her persistence, creativity, and unwavering commitment to the possibility of change.
Jan 1, 2021

DEREK RHODEN (Greater Manchester National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Derek receives a Commendation for his clear, consistent and compassionate approach to all aspects of his work, and his contributions to diversity and inclusion in particular, as a Senior Probation Officer in Greater Manchester.
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