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: Vicky Walton’s outstanding work as a Probation Service Officer in Middlesbrough is recognised widely by colleagues throughout Cleveland, says Senior Probation Officer Debbie Rennie – and farther afield, too, citing an example of Vicky’s work that so impressed HMIP it has now become part of the National Effective Practice guide disseminated nationally to the Probation Service. [This Award is supported by Interventions Alliance.]
Jan 1, 2022

AUDREY BECKFORD (West Midlands National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: For nearly three decades Audrey Beckford has been deploying a powerful blend of forensic expertise, empathy, and an enduring commitment to drive excellence in Probation. Her outstanding work has had an impact on clients, and the teams she has led and trained, both regionally and nationally. Now Deputy Head of the West Midlands Further Serious Offence Team, she is a leading light at extending best policy and practice underpinned by her impressive depth and breadth of experience and knowledge. The HMPPS Insights Team were so impressed by her […]
Jan 1, 2022

NATALIE HILL (West Midlands National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Natalie is Commended for the “accountability, empathy, and humility” she brought to bear as a leader, new to her post, in response to a highly challenging critical incident, which has in turn led to the wider adoption of her approach to staff support in such situations throughout probation.
Jan 1, 2022

MYRA HOGAN (East Midlands National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: When Myra Hogan retired last year, after three decades as a Case Administrator for the Derbyshire Probation Delivery Unit, the county lost its “safest pair of hands”, its “oracle”, and “the glue that kept her team all working together over the last year.” Her nomination reflects her team’s devotion and appreciation for her and the work she did for so long. It also justly recognises that administrators play an often overlooked but frequently vital role keeping the complexities of modern probation running smoothly. As well as Myra’s deep […]
Jan 1, 2022

STEVEN SWAN (Merseyside CRC / North West NPS)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Merseyside CRC’s Community Director Karen Rooney Butler Trust superbly captures exactly why Steven Swan makes an outstanding Probation Service Officer – and why the young Liverpudlian males he works with are lucky indeed:
Jan 1, 2021

PAT BANNIGAN (SWM CRC)

AWARD WINNER 2020-21: Patrick ‘Pat’ Bannigan, who works for the Staffordshire & West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company as part of the Reducing Reoffending Partnership, is a Resettlement Case Worker who has focused on Finance, Benefit & Debt with extraordinary results – including helping service users deal with debts of around £10 million and helping them set up over 2,500 bank accounts. [This Award is supported by G4S Care & Justice Services.]
Jan 1, 2021

JOY KEENAN (North West National Probation Service)

AWARD WINNER 2020-21: Joy Keenan is a Senior Probation Officer in Liverpool’s Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Unit based in Wavertree Police Station, and her Award is for her outstanding and inspirational contribution to tackling knife crime. [This Award is supported by Serco Justice Services.]
Jan 1, 2021

EVE CHESTER (North West National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Eve is a Probation Officer described by her initial nominator, Senior Probation Officer Caroline Bewley, as “a special woman, an amazing woman, probation worker, union supporter and friend to many.”  Caroline adds that “Eve continues to give 120% to every person she works with or for. Her ethic of caring for the individual in front of her; irrespective of who they are, what they have done or whether they are being fair or realistic never waivers. Eve has dedicated her working career to helping people and keeping communities […]
Jan 1, 2021

ROLAND CLARK (South East & Eastern National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Roland was an outstanding Victim Liaison Officer who sadly died after his nomination. The high regard of his colleagues was reflected in their decision, alongside his family, to continue with the Awards process – and his Commendation in turn reflects his significant and important contribution in an often ‘unsung’ area of criminal justice, as the following testimonials amply demonstrate.
Jan 1, 2021

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

COMMENDEES 2020-21: Ben Eaton, Sue Kidney and Parmit Singh Rai are the powerful trio at the heart of an innovative housing-led project, STAR (Supporting Transformation and Resettlement) which is already having striking success in helping transform and resettle male offenders. STAR is a clever combination of locality and the people driving it – Ben, Sue, and Parmit – and the results they are already achieving speak eloquently of their energy and passion.
Jan 1, 2021

SUSAN LANZER (London CRC)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Susan is a Probation Officer, with a third of a century of experience and commitment to the role, who receives a Commendation for her professional excellence, reflected in a series of outstanding testimonials by colleagues. One of several qualities in her practice – sheer persistence – is reflected in an astonishing 100% sufficiency in all her audited cases.
Jan 1, 2021

DEREK RHODEN (Greater Manchester National Probation Service)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Derek Rhoden is a Senior Probation Officer who is Commended for his clear, consistent, and compassionate impact across a wide range of work, including his ongoing and influential focus on, and contributions to, diversity and inclusion. His commitment and passion, across all his roles – including his wider charitable work in the community – is notable and clearly held in very high regard indeed by his colleagues.
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