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Mar 17, 2022

Princess Royal presents the Butler Trust Awards

[The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford | 14 March] With the sun shining down on ‘the city of dreaming spires’, and after three long years, it was a great pleasure to finally hold an Award Ceremony again, this time honouring the Butler Trust winners from 2020, 2021, and 2022. Alongside their personal guests, they gathered in the heart of Oxford University, at The Sheldonian Theatre – Sir Christopher Wren’s first great masterpiece – to receive their Certificates from the Trust’s Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
Jan 11, 2022

2021-22 Butler Trust Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce the names of our 2021-22 Butler Trust Award Winners and Commendees; and as always, the Awards once again reflect some of the most outstanding examples of the dedication, skill, and creativity found throughout the criminal justice system. A huge congratulations to all of our Winners!
Jan 1, 2022


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


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


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


AWARD WINNER 2021-22: Julie wins an Award, as the Schools & Prisons Family Coordinator at HMP/YOI Parc, for her tireless dedication, skill and compassion – evidenced in testimonies from many of those with whom she’s worked – in her ground-breaking work with prisoners and their children. [This Award is supported by The Hanley Trust.]
Jan 1, 2022


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

SHONA PATE (HMP Edinburgh)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: Already regarded as an “inspirational” manager of HMP Edinburgh’s Visitors’ Centre, Shona’s Award is for the remarkable outreach service she put in place to support vulnerable families, including food parcels, home visits, and welfare checks, when prison visits, and many social care services, were closed by Covid. [This Award is supported by MTC.]
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

PAUL WOOD (West Sussex Youth Offending Team)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: TPaul is granted an Award for his exceptional work with West Sussex Youth Offending Team. Winning widespread praise from colleagues for his “enthusiasm”, “compassion”, and “creativity”, he “has a heart of gold” according to one young person, while to one of their parents “what Paul does is beyond words”. [This Award is supported by Ingeus.]
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