Steering Committee

 The PLA steering committee exists to govern and direct the work of the PLA and advance its objectives.The steering committee meets quarterly and meetings are chaired by our Chair, Professor Tom Schuller.

Click here to read more about the purpose of the steering committee

The steering committee is elected by the wider membership. (Read more about membership here.)

The first set of elections to choose the members of the steering committee were held in May 2018. A total of 32 candidates contested 12 vacant seats.

The steering committee members are:

  • Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice System, UCL Institute of Education (Jane Hurry, Professor of the Psychology of Education / Dr David Maguire, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Clinks (Jess Mullen, Head of Policy)
  • Education and Training Foundation (Teresa Carroll, Head of Wellbeing and Social Inclusion)
  • Gareth Evans (sector expert)
  • Nnamdi Efobi (sector expert)
  • Open University (Ruth McFarlane, Senior Manager - Students in Secure Environments)
  • Prison Governors Association (Shaun Williamson, Finance Officer)
  • Safe Ground (Charlie Weinberg, Executive Director)
  • Shannon Trust (Angela Cairns, CEO)
  • St Giles Trust (Maria McNicholl, Development Manager)
  • University and College Union (Angela Nartey, Policy Officer)
  • Weston College (Chris Emmett, Director of Strategy - Offender Learning)

Prisoners' Education Trust as PLA Secretariat also occupies a seat.

The steering committee is intended to be representative of the range of PLA member organisations and the roles they play in prison education, and includes charities, education providers, academic institutions and prison staff trade unions, as well as members with lived experience of prison as part of our commitment to learner voice.

Click to read more about the makeup of our steering committee in Section 8 of the PLA Terms of Reference.