PET 25th Anniversary Lecture

17 Nov 2014

Michael Spurr to discuss: 'Using time, not just doing time'

To coincide with the release of the Brain Cells: Listening to prison learners (third edition) report and to mark our 25th anniversary, the High Sheriff of Greater London, Mr Kevin McGrath, hosts PET's annual lecture at the offices of Clifford Chance on 17 November. The lecture, 'Using time, not just doing time: A constructive and humane regime for long sentenced prisoners', will examine the challenges faced by long-sentenced prisoners who wish to continue their learning and use their time inside effectively. Michael Spurr CB, Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service, who will give the lecture, will then be joined by an expert panel for further discussion, followed by a drinks reception. For more information and to book your place:

See the event flyer

Ahead of the event Mr Spurr said: "Over the last decade there has been a significant rise in the number of long term prisoners and this trend appears likely to continue . Providing positive opportunities for long term prisoners to use their time in prison constructively is crucial both to maintaining good order in prisons and to achieving successful rehabilitation. Education helps prisoners to cope and acts as a catalyst for change and we are committed to supporting development opportunities for prisoners for precisely that reason."

Our principal speaker

Michael Spurr CB is currently the Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service Agency. Michael joined the Civil Service as a Prison Officer at HMP Leeds in 1983 and worked in the Prison Service for 25 years at various establishments and at Headquarters. He was a Governing Governor at HMYOI Aylesbury, HMP Wayland and HMP/YOI Norwich. Michael joined the HMPS Agency Board as Director of Operations in 2003 becoming Deputy Director General in 2007. In April 2008, Michael was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer in the newly formed NOMS Agency, taking responsibility for the operational management of Probation and Prisons, leading the work to improve ‘joined-up working’ and to create Probation Trusts. He became Chief Executive in June 2010.

The venue

The lecture will be held at:

Clifford Chance LLP,

10 Upper Bank Street,

Canary Wharf,

E14 5JJ

PET is sincerely grateful for the generous support of Clifford Chance, which has helped PET in so many ways. The offices can be easily reached by public transport – the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf station takes 10-15 minutes from central London. At the station, take the Upper Bank Street exit, and the offices are across the road from the station. There is no parking at Clifford Chance. Click here for a map.