PET's Annual Lecture: International lessons in prison education

4 Jun 2018

As Governors prepare to take control of prison education budgets, it is timely for us to explore the role of the prison governor and what can learn from other countries about how our leaders can drive forward a more rehabilitative culture in these most challenging of environments.

Keynote speakers:

  •  William Rentzmann, Former Director General of Prisons & Probation, Denmark [Author of ‘The Noble art of Governing Prisons’]

‘Under his influence and guidance a style of imprisonment has emerged in Denmark – and spread further – that attempts to normalise the experience and minimise the damage of incarceration and which, importantly, underscores the professionalism of staff and the role that they can play in the process of reintegration.’

  • Rosemary Ndoh, Warden of Avenal Prison, California

Rosemary was a teacher who then became a prison teacher and Principal of a prison school. She was then asked to be Warden (Governor) of Avenal State prison. In a short amount of time she has succeeded in bringing about a whole prison learning culture.

  • Will Styles, Governor of HMP Whitemoor

Since joining the Prison Service in 1992 after serving in the Army, Gov. Will Styles has worked in eight English prisons and governed three. He has recently completed a Masters at the University of Cambridge.  He says choosing the subject of ‘Hope for Category A Prisoners’ for his Thesis taught him a lot about the relationship between education and hope.

And finally

Prisoners’ Education Trust’s Head of Policy  Nina Champion will share findings from her Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, which looked at prison/university partnerships in Europe and the US, examining how they can help prisoners transform from learners into  leaders. 

We are delighted that the event will be chaired by PET Alumnus and Trustee Simon Scott. For more information and to book your place:

See the event flyer

Our Annual Lecture will take place on:

Monday 4th June 2018 at 6.30pm. Wine reception to follow.

Booking for our Annual Lecture is required, however donations are welcomed. To book simply contact or call 020 3752 5680.

The venue

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.