The Perrie Lectures 2019

What does leadership mean in prisons?

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11 June

This year's lectures

What does leadership mean in prisons?

11 June


Prisons are under scrutiny like never before and have faced much public criticism. With self-harm and violence in prisons at record highs, stubbornly high reoffending rates and a toxic mix of mental ill-health, trauma and drug misuse the challenge of trying to Change Lives within prison walls is vast.

In prisons, leadership skills are required of all staff, not just Governors or Managers.

➢ What styles of leadership are most effective in prisons?
➢ Is a different approach needed to solve the current ‘crisis’?
➢ Who sets the values and shapes a prison culture?
➢ How do staff influence those people in their care to turn their lives around?

At this year's lectures we will explore the roles leaders play, their impact on services, and models of effective leadership.

The Lectures will draw on a wide range of expert speakers, including Michael Spurr, former

Chief Executive Officer of HM Prison and Probation Service, Dr. Jamie Bennett, Governor of HMP Long Lartin, Dr Kate Gooch, Associate Professor at the University of Bath, and Dr Sarah Lewis & Stephen Robertson from HMP Guys Marsh. It promises to be a thought-provoking discussion, generating ideas about good practice.


About The Perrie Lectures

The Perrie Lectures is an annual event which has the purpose of stimulating dialogue between criminal justice organisations, the voluntary sector and all those with an academic, legal or practical interest in offenders and their families.

The Perrie Lectures are named in honour of  Bill Perrie, who retired from the Prison Service in 1978.  He worked as a prison governor for 32 years, latterly at HMPs Hull, Long Lartin, and Winson Green, Birmingham. A sound practitioner, Bill contributed much to the development of hostels, working out schemes, and regimes for long term prisoners.  Bill attended the lectures every year until his death in 1997.

Since 1995, the Perrie Award has been presented annually during the day of the lectures.  It has been given by the  Perrie Lectures Committee to the person who has done most to promote an understanding of the work of the Prison Service, and pushed forward the development of penal policy.

Through the Perrie Lectures and the Perrie Award, it is hoped that the care of offenders can be improved, and penal policy, in its broadest sense, advanced.

The text of the Perrie Lectures is produced in full as a special edition of the Prison Service Journal.

The Perrie Lectures Committee is independent and non-profit making and is currently made up of the following members:

Carlene Dixon


HMP Send

Alun Jones

HMPPS Communications

Sarah Matheve

Koestler Trust.

Mike Kirby


Kimmett Edgar

Prison Reform Trust

Pauline Austin

 New Bridge Foundation

Dr Ben Crewe

University of Cambridge

Louise Ysart

HMP Brixton

Ian Dixon


Anita Dockley

Howard League for Penal Reform

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Martin Kettle

Church of England

Sarah Tiffin


HMP Dovegate

Mary Haley

HMP Grendon

Judith Feline


Nicola Webb

National Probation Service

Matthew Tilt

HMP Onley

Kate Pounder

HMPPS - London Prisons

Lesley Dixon

Revolving Doors

Kam Sarai


Colin Archer


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The Speakers

Proud to bring thought provoking speakers from across the country
Omar Khan
Michael Spurr2
Sarah Lewis
Steve _edited
Kate Gooch

The lectures will be chaired by Omar Khan, director of the race equality thinktank the Runnymede Trust

Speakers include: 


Michael Spurr, former Chief Executive Officer of HM Prison and Probation Service

Dr. Jamie Bennett, Governor of HMP Long Lartin

Dr Kate Gooch, Associate Professor at the University of Bath

Dr Sarah Lewis & Stephen Robertson from HMP Guys Marsh

Welcome - Nick Hardwick
9.15 am
10.00 am
Alice Levins, Research Associate, University of Cambridge
Lynn Saunders OBE, Governor, HMP Whatton
10.20 am
11.00 am
12.20 pm
Perrie Award Presentation
12.30 pm
3.40 pm
4 pm


Welcome - Omar Khan
9.15 am
Welcome from Chair, Dr Omar Khan,Director, Runnymede Trust
10.00 am
10.15 am
11.00 am
Dr Jamie Bennett, Governor, HMP Long Lartin
Dr Kate Gooch, Associate Professor, University of Bath
Morning Q & A
11.45 am
Perrie Award Presentation
12 pm
Chair's reflections 
A conversation with….
12.15 pm
1.15 pm
1.25 pm
1.50 pm
Comfort Break
2.30 pm
2.40 pm
Dr Sarah Lewis, Director of Penal Reform Solutions,and Stephen Robertson, Deputy Governor, HMP Guys Marsh
Michael Spurr, former CEO HMPPS, Visiting Professor in Practice, London School of Economics
Panel Discussion
3.25 pm
4 pm

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