Our staff

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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.

Rod Clark

Chief Executive

Rod Clark

Chief Executive

Rod joined PET as its CEO in 2013. Prior to that he built a career in the Civil Service, including a spell as principal private secretary to Alistair Darling MP. He was involved in planning the merger of the National Offender Management Service into 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).


Which course?

I was attracted to the NEC Art History course but think I will opt for Open University starting with Science, Technology and Maths.

Access to learning team

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?

“I live in Wales with my partner and two dogs and luckily both enjoy walking as much as I do. One of my ambitions is to plant an orchard, so my chosen course is ABC level 2 certificate in Arboriculture.”

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

Dan

Grants Programme Administrator

Dan

Grants Programme Administrator

As the Grants Programme Administrator, 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.

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 organisation s 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

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.”

Hannah Richards

Fundraising Manager

Hannah Richards

Fundraising Manager

Hannah has worked at PET since 2014 and been in her current role as the Trusts Fundraising Manager since 2015. Her favourite part of the job is reading the testimonies of people who have successfully finished their courses.


Which course?

"If I had the chance to study again I would choose something to do with horticulture or conservation."

Anthony Knight

Fundraising Officer

Anthony Knight

Fundraising Officer

David Veitch

Fundraising Administrator

David Veitch

Fundraising Administrator

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 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!”

Katy Oglethorpe

Media, Communications & Alumni Manager

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.


Which course?

"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

Calum Walker

Communications Officer

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?

"I would like to study the Arts Past and Present with the OU because it looks at contemporary culture alongside the history of art and looks at different forms of art too. I think it would be fascinating.”

Rosie Reynolds

Higher Education Policy Officer

Rosie Reynolds

Higher Education Policy Officer

Rosie joined PET in 2018, having previously volunteered for the charity while working in widening participation at a university. 

As Higher Education Policy Officer, Rosie is responsible for our network of prison university partnerships, PUPiL, and our network of  prison education academic researchers, PLAN


Which course?

"If I could choose any course it would be Bee-keeping! I find bees fascinating and when I retire (in a hundred years) I dream of having my own hive. A good excuse to plant more flowers and eat more honey."

Joe Coules

Policy Officer

Joe Coules

Policy Officer

Joe joined PET in 2018, having previously worked in youth services, criminal justice services and homelessness services. He also volunteers with Good Lad Initiative, that runs workshops in schools aiming to promote positive equal gender relationships and transform the behaviour and attitudes of men and boys. As Policy Officer, Joe is responsible for assisting in PET’s policy work, as well as providing the secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance.


Which course?

“With my experience in youth work I’d be interested in Foundations for Effective Practice in Youth Justice, but I’d pick Birds of Prey Diploma. I love spending time around animals and owls are my favourite!“

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 IOSH Managing Safely course is widely considered to be the industry standard health and safety training course and qualification for managers, supervisors, and Health and Safety reps. This certificate offers a distinct advantage to anyone seeking a managerial or supervisory position

The course consists of eight modules:

1 Introduction

2 Assessing risks

3 Controlling risks

4 Understanding responsibilities

5 Identifying hazards

6 Investigating incidents

7 Measuring performance

8 Protecting our environment

Prior knowledge: None required

Prison support requirements: Prison workshop placement to organise

What’s next: NEBOSH Level 2

Find out more: http://clwydassociates.co.uk/index.html

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