PET has a committed staff team, based in London and Cardiff. We asked everyone to tell us which distance learning course they would pick to study out of PET's new curriculum. 

Senior Management Team 

Rod Clark, Chief Executive

Rod joined PET as its CEO in 2013. Prior to that he built a highly successful career in the Civil Service, including a spell as principal private secretary to the Alistair Darling MP. He was involved in planning the merger of the National Offender Management Service into creating the Ministry of Justice, and was Chief Executive of the Civil Service’s internal training organisation, the National School of Government. Rod sat on the expert panel for Dame Sally Coates' review of prison education and also sits on the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3). 

What PET distance learning course would you choose to study?  “I was attracted to the NEC Art History course but think I will opt for Open University starting with Science, Technology and Maths.”

Cassie Edmiston, Head of Fundraising 

Cassie has led the PET fundraising team since 2011, after joining from a senior management role at a regional cancer charity. Cassie is a trustee for the charity Equalities Work, which works in The Foundry (PET's office building), putting on events with the local community that promote tolerance and understanding. She also sits on the advisory group for LJ Flanders' Cell Workout initiative, bringing sports and education into prisons. In 2016, Cassie was named one of Fundraising Magazine's '25 under 35' best professional charity fundraisers in the UK. 

“If I could pick any distance learning course, I would study Deaf Awareness and Sign Language. Good communication of all types is essential to my role and I would love to be able to sign well.”

Clare Lloyd, Head of Service Delivery

“I'd pick to study Conservation Studies (HCC). I help look after 15 acres of conservation land in Pembrokeshire. I’m fascinated and in awe of this place, after years of intensive farming it has become a haven for wildlife and a beautiful wild garden. I’d like to learn how to become its best custodian.”

Andrew SmardonHead of Finance

Access to Learning Team

Suzan Nabbanja, Grants Programme Manager

Suzan has worked at PET for a record-breaking 14 years, beginning as a volunteer when the charity had a staff team of six, and was based in Mitcham. As Grants Programme Manager she oversees the 400 plus applications that PET receives every month, deciding which are successful and managing a database of every prisoner we have ever funded. She regularly visits prisons to advise and inform learners on what courses are best for them.  

John Lister, Advice Manager

John 'problem-fixer' Lister has worked as PET's Advice Manager for six years, following a long career as an education and careers adviser in the community. At PET, he answers hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls a month from people in prison who are wondering what course is best for them. He also leads on the assembly of the PET curriculum - a comprehensive guide to the 100 + courses on offer from PET. 

“I would choose Poultry Management, so that I can keep chickens and have fresh eggs for breakfast every day.”

Christine, Senior Grants Administrator

Marwa, Programme Support Administrator

DanInformation and Advice Administrator

Dan joined PET full time in October 2017, after initially starting as a volunteer. As the Information and Advice Administrator, he is responsible for assisting both the grants team and the Advice Manager regarding applications and correspondence for potential and ongoing learners. Prior to joining PET, Dan spent time with international human rights organisation Reprieve, and interned for the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, working on capital punishment cases.

Finance Team 

Nalani Sriskantharajah, Finance Controller

“If I could do a distance learning course, I’d pick CIMA [Accounting] to complete my qualification.”


Thanga Sathi, Finance Officer

"If I could choose a distance learning course, I would pick ACCA Accounting, or any accounting course.”

Fundraising Team 

Hannah Richards, Fundraising Manager

"I'd pick to do a yoga course because I'm interested in finding out more about the impact of physical exercise on mental well-being."

Anthony Knight, Fundraising Officer 


David Veitch, Fundraising Administrator

“If I could choose any distance course I would do horticulture as I’m obsessed with pot plants. I probably shouldn’t grow any more though, I already have 20 (and counting) in my flat!”


Policy, Research and Communications Team

Katy Oglethorpe, Media, Communications & Alumni Manager

Katy has led communications and alumni work at PET since 2016. She previously worked in the International Development sector, including a period teaching poetry in Cambodia. Prior to that she was a journalist for a international legal journal, focusing on competition law. 

"I would have to pick Creative Writing. It's been a long-term ambition to write a novel, but my creative output has decreased significantly since Primary School. I hear really good things about the writing courses from people in prison, and think it would give me the structure and push to actually produce something - even if it's terrible!"

Calum Walker, Communications Officer

Robert Cremona, Project Management Officer

Robert joined PET in 2016. As Project Management Officer in the policy and research team, he coordinates the team’s projects and events and provides the secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance, a group of expert voices who advise government and work towards a shared vision of prison education. Prior to joining PET, he worked elsewhere in the charity sector on projects relating to education and employment for disadvantaged groups. He also taught English as a foreign language in South America.

“If I could do a distance learning course I would pick Portuguese, as Brazil is on my travel bucket list!”


Welsh Project 

Pwyll ap Stifin, Project Management Officer

“If I could choose to do any course from the PET curriculum it would be Pig Keeping (ACS), because one day I would like to keep a monstrously large pig.”  

Iva Gray, Advice and Support Officer  

 “I like dogs, so if I could select a distance learning course, I would choose Introduction to Canine Psychology with the Animal Care College. This course would equip me with basic understanding of, for instance, appropriate dog feeding and exercise and also it introduces what can affect problem behaviour. It can be a stepping stone to further courses on canine psychology.”