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Chief Executive

  • Frances Crook

    Frances Crook

    Chief Executive

    Appointed in 1986, Frances Crook has been responsible for research programmes and campaigns to raise public concern about suicides in prison, the over-use of custody, poor conditions in prison, young people in trouble, and mothers in prison. She writes articles for the national media and does interviews on radio and television. She was awarded an OBE for services to youth justice in the 2010 New Year Honours List. She was appointed a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics in 2010. She has been appointed an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Criminology at Leicester University in 2014.

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Executive Management Team

  • Andrew Neilson

    Andrew Neilson

    Director of Campaigns

    Andrew Neilson leads the campaigns team. He was previously press and communications manager at the Howard League and was a government press officer for seven years. Andrew has a MSc in voluntary sector management from Cass Business School.

  • Anita Dockley

    Anita Dockley

    Research Director

    Anita Dockley is responsible for developing the charity’s research capacity, forging links with academics and universities, funders and partner organisations. Her own research interests include suicide and self-harm in prisons, women in prison and order and control in the prison environment. She has been appointed as a member of the law sub panel in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessments. She is also a member of the Perrie Lectures Committee.

  • Laura Janes

    Dr Laura Janes

    Legal Director

    Laura Janes is a solicitor with higher rights in the civil courts. Laura has developed an expertise in advising and representing children and young people in penal detention in relation to prison law, public law and criminal appeal matters. She was named lawyer to watch by the Guardian in 2012. Laura represents the Howard League for Penal Reform on the executive committee of the Association of Prison Lawyers. She has a professional doctorate in Youth Justice. She is also Chair of Legal Action Group.

  • Euginia Lolomari

    Euginia Lolomari

    Director of Finance and Corporate Services

    Euginia Lolomari is responsible for finance, administration and business development. She leads on finance, resources, membership and personnel issues.

Staff Team

  • Anna Spencer

    Caseworker

    Anna works with the Legal Director to provide advice and representation to children and young adults on a variety of public and prison law cases including prison conditions and treatment cases, resettlement, adjudication and parole.

  • Barbara Norris

    Barbara Norris

    Events and Website Manager

    Barbara organises and runs a number of events for the Howard League for Penal Reform including conferences, seminars, annual general meetings, lectures and fundraising receptions. She manages the Howard League's website and overall online presence.

  • Catryn Yousefi

    Catryn Yousefi

    Programmes Manager

    Catryn Yousefi has managed several projects for the Howard League including the Citizenship & Crime project for 10 years, working with 20,000 children in schools across the country. She now runs the Community Programmes Awards and campaign celebrating best practice in community sentencing.

  • Claire Salama

    Claire Salama

    Solicitor

    Claire works as a solicitor acting for children and young adults in custody and in the community on a range of prison law issues including representing clients at independent adjudications and parole board hearings, pursuing complaints about treatment in prison, resettlement matters and judicial reviews.

  • Lorraine Atkinson

    Lorraine Atkinson

    Senior Policy Officer

    Lorraine is currently working with the Commission on Sex in Prison which is investigating consensual sex and coercive sex in prison and the healthy sexual development of young people in prison.

  • Louise Scarce

    Administrator (membership services)

    Louise works with the Membership Development Manager. She focuses on increasing and retaining our membership base by liaising with like-minded groups and individuals.

  • Marie Franklin

    Marie Franklin

    Caseworker

    Marie works with the solicitors to provide advice and representation to children and young adults on a variety of public and prison law cases including resettlement, adjudications, recall and parole.

  • Nina Navid

    Nina Navid

    Caseworker

    Nina works with the Legal Director to provide advice and representation to children and young adults on a variety of public and prison law cases including resettlement, adjudications, recall and parole.

  • Oscar Campbell

    Oscar Campbell

    Graphic Designer

    Oscar Campbell works as the Howard League in-house designer. He works on our publications and other printed materials.

  • Philip Goring

    Philip Goring

    Finance and Administration Officer

    Philip works in the Corporate Services Team providing administrative support.

  • Rob Preece

    Rob Preece

    Campaigns and Communications Manager

    Rob handles media enquiries about the Howard League for Penal Reform and promotes its work. A trained journalist with 10 years’ experience, he previously worked at a national newspaper website and held crime and political reporting roles at local and regional titles.

  • Sinead MacCann

    Sinead MacCann

    Solicitor

    Sinead works as a solicitor representing children and young people in custody and in the community on a range of prison and public law issues including complaints and inquiries into their treatment in prison, parole, recall, adjudications, early release and resettlement.

  • Sophie Lumsden

    Sophie Lumsden

    Membership Development Manager

    Sophie Lumsden is responsible for the Howard League's membership and runs the door to door fundraising campaign.

  • Stephanie Davin

    Campaigns Officer

    Stephanie works to develop and promote the Howard League’s policies. Trained as a management consultant, she previously worked at The Boston Consulting Group for three years. Stephanie holds an MA in Gender Studies from University College London.

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