Published by Skills for Justice
With nominations for the 2023 Inspire Justice Awards now open, we look back at last year’s winners across 10 award categories.
Individual Award Categories
Joanne Rose, Prison Employment Lead at HMP Elmley
Custody and Detention Staff Member of the Year highly commended
Joanne works at HMP Elmley as the Prison Employment Lead, starting the role on a temporary basis in June 2021 as part of a national trial to improve employment on release of prisoners in closed conditions. In the short time she’d been in this role, Joanne had been instrumental in setting up this initiative for HMP Elmley, helping the prison’s employment advisory board engage local employers and ensure prisoners are employment ready on release.
Darren Courtney, Catering Manager at HMP Lewes
Custody and Detention Staff Member of the Year winner
Catering Manager Darren joined HMP Lewes in 2005 following a successful career in the army where he reached the rank of corporal. At HMP Lewes, Darren oversees the kitchen, delivering top quality food on a tight budget, as well as training prisoners in food safety and hygiene.
The Deputy Governor of HMP Lewis, Paul Mason, said Darren is someone who never fails to deliver, and his other colleagues describe him as “the epitome of a team player”.
Lisa Coleman, Lead Intelligence Analyst at the Metropolitan Police Service
Police Staff Member of the Year highly commended
The highly commended individual for the Police Staff category was Lisa Coleman, Lead Intelligence Analyst from the Metropolitan Police Service. Lisa worked as part of a team to support the Met’s Operation Venetic. This operation was the biggest, most successful operation against Serious and Organised Crime that the Met Police had ever undertaken. Lisa led a team of analysts and researchers who were key in delivering unprecedented results in terms of charges, convictions and intelligence gained.
Lisa also oversaw the innovative use of new technology and software that allowed the Met Police to pull together tens of millions of lines of data to identify high harm organised criminals.
Becky Tipper, Head of Command and Control at Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Police Staff Member of the Year winner
Our Police Staff Member winner, Becky Tipper, is Head of Command Control at Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Throughout the pandemic, Becky led on implementing Covid safe environments to minimise risk to staff and service delivery. This involved separating staff into multiple sites, providing equipment to keep them safe and ensuring home workers were cared for.
Colleagues describe Becky as a true role model, and she received praise from the panel of Inspire Justice Awards judges for making staff feel valued and promoting reward and recognition.
Lisa Mockridge, Receptionist at North Liverpool Probation Delivery Unit
Probation Staff Member of the Year highly commended
Lisa is a Receptionist at North Liverpool Probation Delivery Unit. Regarded as a strong role model by her peers, colleagues talk about Lisa in glowing terms due to her friendly and welcoming demeanour.
Alongside her role, Lisa started a food bank at her workplace and offers this service to people on probation who are in need.
Julie Tidd, Case Administrator at West Midlands Probation Service
Probation Staff Member of the Year winner
Case Administrator from West Midlands Probation Service, Julie Tidd, won the 2022 Probation Staff Member of the Year Award. Julie received praise from HM Inspectorate of Probation, who were impressed by the model she developed to give probation practitioners direct access to public and child safeguarding systems.
Julie’s work was so effective it has now been adopted as the preferred national model for delivering Domestic Abuse call out information with Probation. Julie was commended for her energy and enthusiasm in bringing about these new and improved ways of working.
Paul Bayes, Criminal Listing Officer at HM Courts and Tribunals Service
Prosecution, Courts and Tribunals Staff Member of the Year highly commended
Paul Bayes, Criminal Listing Officer at HM Courts and Tribunals Service, was highly praised by judges for his contribution to the development of a sorely needed training workbook for Crown Court Listing Officers. He contributed valuable insights and worked professionally and collaboratively to support the delivery of this project.
The workbook is vital to the training of new Listing Officers and has a positive impact on their ability to list efficiently. The work was viewed as particularly important considering the post pandemic backlog in the courts.
Angela Foot, Operations Manager at HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)
Prosecution, Courts and Tribunals Staff Member of the Year winner
Angela Foot, Operations Manager at HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is a champion of HMCTS who strives for it to be at the forefront of supporting staff with caring responsibilities.
Passionate about helping carers, she has first-hand knowledge of how difficult it can be to meet the needs of loved ones and the department. Testimonies from colleagues following Angela’s help have been heart-warming, demonstrating that Angie’s work really does change lives for the better.
Justyna Szul, Emergency Call Handler Apprentice at Hampshire Constabulary
Apprentice of the Year highly commended
Shortly after Justyna completed her initial training, the pandemic hit. Despite the disruption, Justyna remained laser focused on her learning and development. Justyna was described as one to go out of her way to support colleagues. She regularly assisted Police Officers with their discharging duties by translating calls from service users in Polish or remaining on calls to act as a translator for officers at the scene. Her colleagues described her as a credit to the team.
Eve Dodd, Policy Apprentice at the Crown Prosecution Service
Apprentice of the Year winner
The winner of Apprentice of the Year in 2022 was Eve Dodd, Policy Apprentice at the Crown Prosecution Service. As an apprentice, Eve hit the ground running working as part of the Victim and Witness policy team. She impressed the panel of expert judges with the impact she has made supporting efforts to transform the experience that victims and with the criminal justice system.
Eve had also been proactive in developing cross-Whitehall relationships with fellow apprentices and is no stranger to receiving prestigious accolades, having been a ‘Director’s Commendation’ for her work on the organisation’s transformation programme earlier in 2022.
Duncan Bennett-Jones, Quality Officer at HMPPS in Wales
Best Newcomer highly commended
Duncan Bennett-Jones received the highly commended award for Best Newcomer in 2022. After joining HMPPS in Wales, Duncan made an immediate impact, impressing all his peers. The judges praised Duncan for putting the needs of people on probation and victims first, whilst working in tandem with colleagues to achieve best practice.
Duncan had also recently been commended for the quality of his work by colleagues and managers, so much so that the reports he had completed were referred to as exemplar work to promote quality within the Probation Delivery Unit he worked in.
Amy Harrold, Housing Specialist at HMPPS Norwich
Best Newcomer winner
Amy Harrold was the winner of our Best Newcomer Award in 2022. Amy joined HMPPS Norwich from a local authority to take on a fixed term pilot role focusing on housing for those leaving custody. Since being in post, she had been actively involved with the national roll out of this project, acting as a mentor and point of reference enabling the creation of a network of advisors across the country.
Amy was described by her colleagues as truly passionate about her role. Amy had also worked in a voluntary capacity with ex-offenders and had undertaken advocacy work at a leading homeless charity prior to joining HMPPS.
Team Award Categories
Winner Health and Wellbeing Employer of the Year
Wellbeing Centre at HMP Bronzefield
The Wellbeing Centre at HMP Bronzefield won our Health and Wellbeing Employer of the Year award in 2022. This team are responsible for their prison’s mental health and wellbeing provision, which provides prisoners with tools and resources to take part in physical exercise, manage stress, make healthy lifestyle choices and look after their mental health.
Our panel of judges praised HMP Bronzefield highly for their tailored programmes which have proven highly effective in motivating prisoners to engage with the services on offer. This had helped to reduce levels of self-harm in the prison. With many success stories where prisoners have either reduced or stopped self-harming altogether as a result of the wellbeing interventions.
Winner Inclusion and Diversity Initiative of the Year
Women of Colour in Policing (WoCiP)
The winners of our Inclusion and Diversity Initiative of the Year award in 2022 was Women of Colour in Policing (WoCiP), a movement started in Bedfordshire Constabulary. The movement was started by Sandra Smith and Sam Alexander and it encourages women from ethnic minority backgrounds across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police to take up and progress their careers in policing.
Women of colour have historically been underrepresented within policing, and this initiative seeks to redress the failure to support their progression. The movement is open to all women of colour and works to increase knowledge and understanding of the lived experiences of women from ethnic minority communities. It also addresses issues regarding intersectionality.
Learning and Development Programme winner
Insights Engagement Team at HMPPS
The HMPPS Insights Engagement Team formed in January 2020 to deliver the HMPPS Insights20 Festival in May of that year. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the 2020 edition was cancelled. However, despite the team being deployed to deliver covid-critical work for HMPPS, they used any ‘spare’ time they had to develop creative ways to keep the learning community alive, and keep staff connected during this extremely difficult time.
In May 2022, the team successfully delivered the Insights22 Festival, with over 500 events and over 14,000 tickets ‘sold’.
Voluntary Contribution to Community Safety and Justice winner
YouTurn Futures is the only charity co-ordinating integrated offender management on a national basis. This charity acts as an independent broker that facilitates communication and efficiencies between partners. YouTurn’s work had contributed to an 87% reduction in dwelling burglary across Bedfordshire in 2021 and 2022.
Make a nomination for the 2023 Inspire Justice Awards
Nominations for the 2023 Inspire Justice Awards are now open. Do you know an individual or team working in the justice sector that deserves to be recognised for their hard work and contribution? Find out more and nominate today.
We are accepting nominations until 11:59pm on Tuesday 25 July.