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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 a user member of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 sub panel for social work and social policy, and held the equivalent role in 2014 REF exercise on the law sub panel. She is the managing editor on the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. She is a honorary visiting fellow in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. She is also a member of the Perrie Lectures Committee.

  • Laura Janes

    Dr Laura Janes

    Legal Director

    Laura Janes was admitted as a solicitor in 2006 and has oversight of the Howard League legal service for people under 21 in prison. She has a professional doctorate in Youth Justice. 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. Laura is a committee member of the Association of Prison Lawyers and the Legal Aid Practitioners' Group. She is also a visiting fellow at the London South Bank University and 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


    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


    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.

  • Eleanor Careless

    Campaigns Officer

    Eleanor works with the Campaigns team to monitor and advise on prison policy and practice. Previously a research consultant, she writes briefings and reports for the charity and engages with parliamentarians and policy makers to lobby for positive change. She holds a PhD on representations of women’s imprisonment from the University of Sussex.

  • Hannah Cheesebrough

    Administrative Officer

    Hannah focuses on increasing and retaining our membership base and helps coordinate events such as the Community Awards.

  • Lorraine Atkinson

    Lorraine Atkinson

    Senior Policy Officer

    Lorraine is working on our participation programme for children in custody, alongside our legal team. She worked on the Inquiry on Preventing Prison Suicides, a joint inquiry in partnership with Centre for Mental Health. Prior to that she led the work of the Commission on Sex in Prison which investigated consensual sex and coercive sex in prison and the healthy sexual development of young people in prison.

  • Marie Franklin

    Marie Franklin


    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.

  • Natasha Hermans

    Casework & Advice Line Officer

    Natasha 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. Natasha also produces statistical reports on the work of the legal team to ensure that strategic issues and themes emerging from our legal service are fed into the organisation’s wider work.

  • 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 has worked on some of the charity’s most successful campaigns, including Books For Prisoners, which overturned government restrictions on prisoners receiving books from family and friends. A trained journalist, he engages with decision-makers and gives media interviews and presentations about the charity's work.

  • Sinead MacCann

    Sinead MacCann


    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.

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