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PET’s board of trustees has a wide range of experience in prison education, social policy, finance and charity management.

Find out more about PET’s governance in our Annual Report and Accounts.

Board of trustees

Elisabeth Davies

Chair

Elisabeth Davies

Chair

Elisabeth has worked extensively across the charitable and public sectors. Alongside chairing the PET Trustee Board she is the Senior Independent Director of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and is Chair of the Assurance and Appointments Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council. On the criminal justice side, Elisabeth is a trustee of the Personal Support Unit, supporting people going through the court process without legal representation.  She also sits on the Advisory Panel of the Independent Review of Legal Services regulation. In January 2019 she was appointed as a member of the Civil Justice Council which is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the modernisation of the civil justice system.

Catherine Dawkins

Hon. Treasurer

Catherine Dawkins

Hon. Treasurer

Catherine has worked in the voluntary sector for more than fifteen years and is currently the Finance Director of the Diocese of Chichester. She started her career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and subsequently worked for Ernst & Young, Buzzacott Livingstone, prison charity Time for Families and two grant-making charities. She is a chartered accountant, a chartered tax adviser, has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management and holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting.  Catherine has a long interest in prisons and was a chaplaincy volunteer at HMP Brixton for seven years. Since then she has supported a number of prison charities and was delighted to join the board of Prisoners’ Education Trust in 2014.

Hilary Cross

Hilary Cross

Hilary Cross

Hilary has inspired and delivered award-winning marketing for over 25 years. Until the end of 2018 she was executive Global Marketing Director at the British Council where she led the transformation of the organisation’s marketing model across 113 countries, and led on external affairs and strategy development as well as global brand, marketing and corporate communications. For eight years until 2015, on the executive board at Macmillan Cancer Support, she contributed significantly to building the success of one of the UK’s top brands, winning Marketing Society Brand of the Year 2015. Hilary is passionate about social justice, the arts and Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Philip W Deer

Philip W Deer

Philip is an international banking executive with extensive strategic, managerial and operational experience over 50 years in London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore and New York. Philip is now a non-executive director in the voluntary sector. He joined the Trust’s Board in 2001.

Patrick Diamond

Patrick Diamond

Patrick is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. He was formally Research Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Manchester, and Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford and an Associate Member of Nuffield College. As well as being a Board Member for PET, Patrick sits on the Board of the Dartington Service Design Lab and the Campaign for Social Science. He is also Chair of the think-tank Policy Network, and sits on the Scientific Council of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Patrick held a number of senior posts in British central government between 2000 and 2010, and was formerly Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street. He was a Local Councillor in the London Borough of Southwark from 2010 to 2014.

Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas

Emily is currently the governing Governor of HMP & YOI Isis, having formerly been the governing Governor of HMP Holloway, leading the work to manage its closure in 2016.  Prior to this, she was seconded to the Ministry of Justice where her roles involved leading on a number of policy projects including the Through the Gate element of the Transforming Rehabilitation programme. Within the Prison Service, she has been Governing Governor of HMYOI Cookham Wood, and Deputy Governor and Head of Resettlement at HMYOI Hindley. She has also worked at HMP Buckley Hall, HMP Holloway and HMP Pentonville.

Mark Welsh

Mark Welsh

Mark is currently an Assistant Principal for Nacro, a Social Justice Charity that provides alternative pre and post 16 education in the community and in custody, including within the children’s secure estate and adult prison education sub-contracts.  has worked for the last 11 years as an Educational and Management leader for a variety of colleges, training providers and charitable trusts within the Prison and Probation Service. These have included positions as an Education Manager at HMP Holloway; Head of Education and Training at HMP Brixton and London Resettlement Lead for NOVUS as part for the MTC Novo Community Rehabilitation Company consortium for London.

Geoffrey Wolfson

Geoffrey Wolfson

Geoffrey Wolfson was a senior NHS manager for 20 years before joining the Hay Group as a human resources and reward consultant. He moved to accountancy firm PKF where he was Associate Director in the Public Sector consultancy practice for 16 years. His projects included: designing the planning and funding system for post-16 learning in Wales; developing delivery models for prisoner learning; and the review of health care provision in prisons in England.  Latterly, Geoffrey was Fellow in Leadership and Management at the University of Greenwich, and an expert adviser to educational charity NIACE. He is presently an adviser to the Drucker Society of London, developing initiatives to enable young people to relate to the work environment.

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