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Meet our team of 20 staff members, based in London and Cardiff – all of them dedicated to transforming lives through learning.

Jon Collins portrait

Jon Collins

Chief Executive

Jon Collins

Chief Executive

Jon joined Prisoners’ Education Trust as Chief Executive in April 2021, having previously been chief executive of the Magistrates Association. Prior to that, Jon was chief executive of the Restorative Justice Council and he has previously worked at the Police Foundation, the Criminal Justice Alliance, the Fawcett Society and Nacro. Jon is a member of the Victims’ Commissioner Advisory Group and the Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling. He is also a governor of a London primary school.


Which course?

I would choose Deaf Awareness and Sign Language as I would love to be able to sign. It’s such an amazing skill and it would be fascinating to learn how to do it.

Access to learning team

Ant Butler

Grants Programme Administrator

Ant Butler

Grants Programme Administrator

Ant joined PET in 2019. Motivated by his own lived experience, he is very people focused and committed to helping our learners succeed. His background is in housing finance having worked for housing associations, the charity sector, local government, and the Civil Service.


Which course?

Being an avid runner, if it helps me run faster and stronger, then definitely it has to be Nutrition and Health by NCC Home Learning!

Clare Lloyd

Head of Service Delivery

Clare Lloyd

Head of Service Delivery

Clare joined Prisoners’ Education Trust in December 2015 after working as a senior manager at CGL for the previous 10 years. Initially Clare worked as Head of the Welsh Prison Project, heading up a pilot project looking into practical ways to improve the experience of distance learners in Welsh prisons. Clare was appointed Head of Service Delivery in January 2018, using her experience and evidence gathered from the Welsh project to take a key role in the delivery of PET’s strategy for 2018-20. Clare takes the lead for volunteering and safeguarding at PET.


Which course?

Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation. I am a very enthusiastic but not always successful gardener so this course would help me understand how to nurture my garden and hopefully produce some beautiful plants.

Suzan Nabbanja

Grants Programme Manager

Suzan Nabbanja

Grants Programme Manager

Suzan is our longest-serving staff member, beginning as a volunteer when there were just six members of staff. As Grants Programme Manager she oversees the 400 plus applications that PET receives every month. She regularly visits prisons to encourage people in prison to study and advise them on course choices.  

John Lister

Advice Manager

John Lister

Advice Manager

John ‘Problem-Fixer’ Lister has worked as PET’s Advice Manager for nearly a decade, 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, advising on course choices, career progression, disclosure, education funding, and more. He also leads on the assembly of the PET curriculum – a comprehensive guide to the 100 + courses on offer from PET.


Which course?

I have to say that I’m intrigued by the CACHE Level 2 Prevention and Control of Infection course. In a post-pandemic world, it’s something that we all might need to understand better.

Dan Robbins

Grants and Advice Officer

Dan Robbins

Grants and Advice Officer

As the Grants and Advice Officer, Dan is responsible for assisting the Access to Learning team with applications and correspondence with potential and ongoing learners. Prior to joining PET as a volunteer, 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.

Rebecca Page

Implementation Manager

Rebecca Page

Implementation Manager

Rebecca joined PET in 2019 as the Implementation Manager, responsible for developing and digitising the charity’s grant funding, advice and monitoring. Rebecca has a passion for people management and frontline engagement in prisons, and brings to the role her background in the financial and charitable sectors, as well as her own lived experience.

Previously she worked as the Senior Operations Manager at the criminal justice charity User Voice, fostering dialogue between service providers and service users to bring change to the system.


Which course?

Probably sign language or proof reading. I believe I have quite a good attention to detail and so I’m always drafting letters for people I know or checking documents. And sign language – well, what an amazing, inclusive skill to learn.

Jay Armstrong

Implementation Officer

Jay Armstrong

Implementation Officer

Before joining PET, Jay worked for a neurological charity for two-and-a-half years. He has experience of implementing Salesforce at various charities through consulting work.


Which course?

I’d study a beekeeping course. Bees are fascinating creatures and I’ve love to know more about them and how to maintain their hives.

Welsh prison project team

Pwyll ap Stifin

Project Management Officer

Pwyll ap Stifin

Project Management Officer


Which course?

“Conservation Studies; because I’d like to learn more about the natural environment, particularly the coastline of South Wales.”

Iva Gray

Advice and Support Officer

Iva Gray

Advice and Support Officer

Iva joined PET in 2016 as an Advice and Support Officer in the Welsh Prison Project. In her role, she visits learners in the Welsh prisons and provide information, advice and guidance to our current and prospective learners. As well as teaching study skills in prison, she is an associate lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University where she teaches on the undergraduate psychology course. She previously worked in HMPS as a volunteer and later as a member of the learning and skills department at HMP Cardiff. This experience gave her an important insight into the structure of the prison system and about expectations of working in a prison environment.  


Which course?

“I like dogs, so I would choose Introduction to Canine Psychology. 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.”

Finance team

Andrew Smardon

Head of Finance

Andrew Smardon

Head of Finance

Andrew joined PET in 2018. He is a chartered accountant with over 15 years’ experience in the charity and not-for-profit sector. Andrew is also a trustee of a national arts and literature charity.


Which course?

"Although I think the OU module ‘Exploring Languages and Cultures’ would be a great introduction to ideas about translation and cultural exchange, I would start my distance learning journey with the more practical ‘Learn Plumbing’ as it could come in handy at home!"

Nalani Sriskantharajah

Finance Controller

Nalani Sriskantharajah

Finance Controller

Nalani joined PET in July 2017.  Prior to that she worked in various third sector organisations in the membership to charity sector.


Which course?

“I always wanted to do a social science degree, if I could choose a distance learning course I will do something like that”.

Thanga Sathi

Finance Officer

Thanga Sathi

Finance Officer


Which course?

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

Fundraising and communications team

Alex Hitchcock

Trusts Fundraising Officer

Alex Hitchcock

Trusts Fundraising Officer

Alex joined PET in 2021, and works in the Fundraising team to maintain PET’s important relationship with its network of Trust funders. He is also a professional saxophonist, and enjoys travelling to play and collaborating with musicians from around the world.


Which course?

Teaching English as a Foreign Language would be a really interesting one – I really enjoy teaching and find the process of learning languages fascinating so it would be a good combination of the two.

Scarlett Langdon

Digital Communications Officer

Scarlett Langdon

Digital Communications Officer

Scarlett joined PET in 2020 as the Digital Communications Officer, where she is responsible for PET’s social media output, newsletter and web-content. Scarlett also works at Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard as their Communications Officer. She previously worked at Quakers in Britain working in their young adults project, and at a Students’ Union.


Which course?

I'd probably choose Creative Writing, being able to write clearly and articulately is a really important aspect of my work so brushing up on my skills would be very useful! Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation would also be very useful - I have over 30 pot plants in my flat and I'd love to learn more about how to keep them happy (and alive).

Cassie Edmiston

Head of Fundraising

Cassie Edmiston

Head of Fundraising

Cassie has led the PET fundraising team since 2011, 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.


Which course?

“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.”

David Veitch

Fundraising Officer

David Veitch

Fundraising Officer

David joined PET in 2017, having previously worked as a Case Study Researcher. Prior to this he worked in schools as a Teaching Assistant.  


Which course?

If I could choose any distance course I would do Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation as I’m obsessed with pot plants. I probably shouldn’t grow any more though, I already have 20 (and counting) in my flat!

Calum Walker

Media and Communications Manager

Calum Walker

Media and Communications Manager

Calum joined PET in 2018, after a year working in the communications team at the anti-poverty charity Turn2us. Prior to that he spent three years in the television industry, working in drama production.


Which course?

“I'd pick the Italian Complete Course with Linguaphone. I love Italy - Rome, Naples, Venice, you name it. It’s got such a rich history and wonderful food and drink. It would be brilliant to be able to speak the language there.”

Policy team

Francesca Cooney

Francesca Cooney

Head of Policy

Francesca Cooney

Head of Policy

Francesca joined PET in September 2018. She has worked in resettlement, homelessness and in the advice sector. She also worked at the Prison Reform Trust where she managed their advice service and carried out policy work relating to the treatment and conditions of prisoners. She then became a prison inspector, specialising in inspecting women’s prisons. She is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow.


Which course?

Spanish GCSE. It would be great to learn such a widely-spoken language.

Our courses

From bookkeeping to beekeeping, find out what courses we have to offer with our digital curriculum.

IOSH course

Health and Safety | Clwyd Associate | IOSH | Level 2 | Duration: 24 hours

IOSH Managing Safely

The course is aimed at managers, supervisors, small business owners, or anyone who wants a better understanding of Health and Safety from a supervisory point of view.

The course contains the following subjects:

Assessing Risks
Controlling Risks
Understanding Your Responsibilities
Identifying Hazards
Investigating Accidents and Incidents
Measuring Performance

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: Written Project Assessment – practical risk assessment. Submission on the day of your exam.

Exams: Invigilated closed book knowledge exam – 25 multiple choice questions and short answer questions (45 minutes)

Prison Support Requirements: Organize prison workshop placement

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Any of the NEBOSH Level 3 Certificates provided by ATM Safety

Find Out More: Directly from Clwyd Associates’ website here

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