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

Jan 1, 2022

ANDREW BLACKMORE (HMP & YOI Woodhill)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: Andrew wins an Award, as an Officer at HMP/YOI Woodhill, for his diligence, decency, and unwavering positivity; for his outstanding de-escalation skills with prisoners, and support and encouragement of colleagues; and for producing a guide for new staff which is now being taken up elsewhere. [This Award is supported by Mitie Care & Custody.]
Jan 1, 2022

GRAHAM DUNCAN (HMP Channings Wood)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: Graham receives an Award as a “role model for prisoners and staff” in his work as a Supervisory Officer at HMP Channings Wood, as “an exemplar of compassion for others”, and in particular for his truly exceptional contribution to staff well-being in the prison, which is now widely recognised as best practice. [This Award is supported by the Prison Officers Association.]
Jan 1, 2022

LES EGAN (HMP & YOI Hatfield)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: Nominated as a Custodial Manager at HMP/YOI Hatfield, after 40 years in the Service, Les’s Award is for his remarkable and unfailing commitment to rehabilitation and resettlement, his outstanding support for prisoners and staff, and his “enthusiasm, drive and determination, [which] knows no bounds”. [This Award is supported by Sodexo Justice Services.]
Jan 1, 2022

NATHAN GREWAL (HMP & YOI Brinsford)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: Described as “inspirational” by the Governor, Nathan receives an Award for his “ground-breaking” work, as a Prison Officer at HMP/YOI Brinsford, helping to tackle gang-related violence in the jail – employing his drive and “fantastic rapport with prisoners” to achieve “outstanding results”. [This Award is supported by Serco Justice Services.]
Jan 1, 2022

MATT HILLARD (HMP & YOI Cardiff)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: A teacher at HMP/YOI Cardiff, Matt wins an Award for his work on Knox TV – a station he set up, from scratch and with no prior experience, to help keep the prisoners educated and entertained during Covid; and for which he produced most of the content, much of it in his own time. [This Award is supported by The Bromley Trust.]
Jan 1, 2022

CHRIS MACINNES (HMP & YOI Isis)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: Chris is granted an Award for all-round excellence as a Prison Officer at HMP/YOI Isis, where he is widely respected by colleagues and prisoners alike, for his positive attitude, outstanding jailcraft, and “Zen-like calm” – in the words of the Governor, Chris “embodies all that is good about Prison Officers”. [This Award is supported by G4S Care & Justice Services.]
Jan 1, 2022

TALHA AHMED (HMP Liverpool)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Talha receives a Commendation for all-round excellence as Managing Chaplain at HMP Liverpool, for driving cultural change and religious understanding, and as an unwavering champion of equality and decency for all.
Jan 1, 2022

EVE BROTZEL (HMP & YOI Pentonville)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Eve is Commended for her work as a Speech and Language Therapist at HMP/YOI Pentonville; praised for her skill and sensitivity, she is described, by colleagues and clients alike, as “exceptional”, “magic”, and “amazing”.
Jan 1, 2022

DANIEL CRAWLEY (HMP Liverpool)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Daniel’s Commendation is for his remarkable “courage”, “calm”, and “compassion”, and his willingness to “go the extra mile” – even learning Spanish to communicate better with one man – as an Officer on HMP Liverpool’s Care & Separation Unit.
Jan 1, 2022

ANN DONNELLON (HMP & YOI Preston)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Ann is Commended for her professionalism, compassion, and dedication as an Officer and Custodial Manager at HMP/YOI Preston, and in particular for her outstanding and transformational leadership of her wing during the Covid pandemic.
Jan 1, 2022

GEMMA GRAHAME-WRIGHT (HMP Grendon)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Nominated by more than 20 prisoners, who describe her as “exceptional” and “a shining star”, Gemma is granted a Commendation for her outstanding work as an Officer in HMP Grendon’s Therapeutic Community.
Jan 1, 2022

ALICE JAMES (HMYOI Werrington)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Described by her Governor as “a heart amongst hearts”, Alice is Commended for her outstanding care and compassion towards colleagues and prisoners at HMYOI Werrington, over more than 20 years as an Officer and Senior Manager.
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