Speakers

  • Kenny MacAskill

    Former Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Scottish Government

    Kenny MacAskill was an SNP MSP from 1999-2016 and Justice Secretary for Scotland from 2007-2014. Before that he was a lawyer in Edinburgh. Since stepping down from politics he has been writing columns for newspapers and magazines. He’s the author of several books on Scottish Politics and the Scottish Diaspora. His most recent books are the Lockerbie Bombing- the search for Justice and Jimmy Reid – A Scottish Political Journey.   

    Kenny  MacAskill

    Sessions with Kenny MacAskill :

    • Chairs opening remarks

    • Chairs closing remarks

  • Bill Fitzpatrick

    Operations Director Community Justice Scotland

    The recently appointed Director of Operations for Community Justice Scotland, Bill was previously
    a small business owner and before that a police officer for thirty years. In the course of his career, he worked within local communities across the Strathclyde Police area including Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Glasgow. He also served in a wide range of other roles such as community policing, crime prevention, Equal Opportunities, training, governance and policy development.

    Bill is fully committed to collaborative working as the basis for effectively addressing complex problems and his partnership working included membership of the Community Planning Partnerships (CPP) for the three Ayrshire local authorities and the South West Scotland Community Justice Authority.

    Bill has extensive experience in change management roles and he was part of the senior leadership team that established the Scottish Police Services Authority and Police Scotland. In recent years, he has worked in the private and third sectors and in Higher Education. 

    Bill  Fitzpatrick

    Sessions with Bill Fitzpatrick:

    • The revolving door of re - offending in Scotland: An overview

      This session will provide an overview of re-offending in Scotland and discuss how organisations and individuals in the sector can begin to utilise digital technology to further their objectives.

  • Pete White

    Chief Executive, Positive Prison? Positive Futures

    Pete is the originator and Chief Executive of Positive Prison? Positive Futures… a Scottish charity representing people with lived experience of punishment. Working to reduce the harm caused by offending and reoffending in Scotland he has represented people with convictions in the redesign of community justice in Scotland, the design and introduction of Independent Prison Monitoring, the National Strategy Group for Community Justice Scotland and in giving evidence to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament. He sits on the executive committees of the National Prison Visitor Centre Steering Group and the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum and is a member of the Executive Governance Group of the Scottish Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice as well as the HMIPS Independent Prison Monitoring Advisory Group.

    Pete White

    Sessions with Pete White :

    • Adapting to a digitalised world: Transitioning into the community

      What are the everyday challenges facing individuals when they leave prison? How can we best equip people to transition into a completely digitalised world? This session will explore the realities of life after prison and what is means to live in a digital society.

  • Dr. Dominic Pearson

    Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

    Dominic A. S. Pearson, PhD, is a chartered and registered forensic psychologist, and senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.  He is a licensed practitioner, with a background in working with the UK probation services.  He is currently the principle investigator of a randomized trial testing the impact of a domestic abuse perpetrator programme in Portsmouth, England.  He is also actively involved in ongoing evaluation of prisoner self-service technology across the UK.

    Dr. Dominic Pearson

    Sessions with Dr. Dominic Pearson:

    • Prison Reform – how can technology help drive rehabilitation and empowerment?

      Academic research by York and Portsmouth Universities which looks at how technology is empowering individuals in prison and driving forward rehabilitation.

  • Professor Nancy Loucks

    Chief Executive, Families Outside

    Prof. Nancy Loucks is the Chief Executive of Families Outside, a Scottish voluntary organisation that works on behalf of families affected by imprisonment.  Prior to this she worked as an Independent Criminologist, receiving her M. Phil and Ph. D. from the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, and in 2012 was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Law, Crime and Justice. Nancy was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for services to Education and Human Rights.  She chairs the Glasgow Working Group on Women's Offending, the Faith in Throughcare Steering Group, the Board of Positive Prison? Positive Futures, and is Secretary General to the Board of Children of Prisoners Europe. 

    Professor Nancy  Loucks

    Sessions with Professor Nancy Loucks:

    • Digital solutions helping to maintain strong family relationships

      This session will explore how digital technology can be used to maintain strong family relationships and the positive impact it has on individuals and families affected by imprisonment.

  • Helen Chamier - Tripp

    Service Development Manager Apex Scotland

    Helen has been a Service Development Manager with Apex Scotland for 14 years. Prior to that worked with the City Of Edinburgh Council within their finance department. She has worked with Apex covering different geographical locations and has developed new services and staff teams, within the Highland and Grampian areas.

    Helen has just recently taken on the Apex Central area and is now covering the Fife, Forth Valley and Edinburgh locality.

    Helen Chamier - Tripp

    Sessions with Helen Chamier - Tripp :

    • Digital solutions helping to maintain strong family relationships

      This session will explore how digital technology can be used to maintain strong family relationships and the positive impact it has on individuals and families affected by imprisonment.

  • Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal

    The Last Mile

    Former San Quentin Inmate and Graduate of “The Last Mile”, Kenyatta Leal spent nearly 19 years incarcerated within the California prison system for possession of a firearm under California’s Three Strike Law. Throughout his incarceration Kenyatta spent his time preparing for his future academically, vocationally, and spiritually. Upon his arrival at San Quentin, Kenyatta was inspired by a number of men who had turned their lives around by committing themselves to the process of change. A high school dropout at 17, Kenyatta decided then to begin his journey to earn his GED and, ultimately, his Associates of Arts degree. In 2011, he graduated as Class Valedictorian with a 3.95 GPA. Kenyatta is a founding member of The Last Mile, an entrepreneurial program sponsored by San Francisco Venture Capitalists Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti.
         
    While incarcerated, he also participated in and facilitated The San Quentin TRUST, No More Tears, the Victim Offender Education Group, California Reentry Institute and many other self ­help programs. Upon his release in 2012, Kenyatta began a paid internship at RocketSpace and since then has earned a Management position with the San Francisco based technology campus. He is a Board Member and evangelist for The Last Mile and a featured speaker at conferences and corporate events. 

    Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal

    Sessions with Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal:

    • San Quentin to Silicon Valley (Video Link)

      In 1994, Kenyatta Leal was sentenced to life in prison and spent 19 years within the prison system. Kenyatta now works as the manager of Campus Services at Rocket Space, a technology campus in San Fransisco. In this session hear Kenyatta's journey from San Quentin to Silicon Valley.

  • Katharine Brash

    Director, Learning and Skills (SPS) Fife College

    Katharine Brash became Director Learning and Skills (SPS) for Fife College in June 2017. Fife College were appointed the national LSE provider for 13 public sector prisons in Scotland.   This is the first national contract of this type. 

    A member of the college Leadership Team, working closely with colleagues, Scottish Prison Service and an extensive range of partners to continually develop resources and practices within prison establishments. The college has received a number of national and local awards for this work in recognition of the quality of outcomes, innovation and creativity. Katharine is the primary author of  successive winning contracts that have focussed on the creation of outcome driven opportunities for people in prison, continual development of technology within the restrictions of the environment and implementation of a robust quality assurance system.

    Previous to this role, in 2014 Katharine was Head of Prisons Contract for Fife College responsible for the contracted delivery in 6 prisons having previously worked as Assistant Contracts Manager between 2008 and 2014.

    Katharine began her career in Offender Learning in 1998 as a Lecturer in HMP Edinburgh. In 2003, took up post as Learning Centre Manager in HMP Glenochil.  During this time presented research at a variety of workshops and conferences.
    Prior to taking up post in HMP Edinburgh Katharine worked in Cardonald and Falkirk Colleges.

    Early career includes working in PR and Marketing and in the semi conductor industry.
    Personal qualifications are equally varied and include MSc Information Systems, BA Business Management, Leadership and Management, PGCE  and a range of additional qualifications in coaching, personal development and project management.

    Katharine Brash

    Sessions with Katharine Brash :

    • Skills, employment and education: Equipping prisoners with essential digital skills

      Scotland's digital technology industry is the fastest growing sector of the economy and is estimated to grow twice as fast as the entire Scottish economy by 2024. This session will explore how we can use this opportunity to up-skill prisoners and help offenders find sustainable employment.

  • Michael Taylor

    Code 4000

    Michael Taylor is an entrepreneur with over 25 years experience of working in both the public and private sectors.

    He is currently the CEO for Jump Shot Consulting, building advanced cloud-based business applications for small and medium sized companies, based in Stockholm.

    He has previosuly worked in the fields of International Cultural Relations, International Development, IT Consultancy and Digital Communications.

    Michael has been the initiator of several previous projects, including CoderDojo Stockholm (a free code club for kids aged 7-17, which to date has taught more than 2,500 kids programming), Access All Areas (Sweden’s first ever music event aimed at the international music industry), and most recently Code 4000.

    Michael is a Master of Philosophy graduate with a big interest in the arts, sciences, economics, and all things tech. He is also a champion of the ideas of Adam Smith.

    Michael  Taylor

    Sessions with Michael Taylor :

    • Skills, employment and education: Equipping prisoners with essential digital skills

      Scotland's digital technology industry is the fastest growing sector of the economy and is estimated to grow twice as fast as the entire Scottish economy by 2024. This session will explore how we can use this opportunity to up-skill prisoners and help offenders find sustainable employment.

  • Neil Barnby

    Classroom Facilitator, HMP Humber Code 4000

    Neil Barnby has an Honours Degree in Mechatronics & Computing (Robotics) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education having graduated from Greenwich University.

    In 1980 Neil helped set up Forum 80, the UK’s first public online access system, and was secretary of the Association of Free Public Access Systems. He then founded MonsterMaker, an internet hosting, design and training company, working for a number of blue chip clients.

    Neil later left the business world and moved to teach in prisons. Whilst there he designed a new work area in the prison to create a business-like environment in order to reduce the risk of re-offending. This area was proven to settle restless prisoners as well as reduce re-offending, with 100% of its prisoner graduates obtaining full-time work or employment on release.

    Neil is a winner of both the G4S International and UK & Ireland awards in 2012 for his work in prisons.

    Having previously set up a similar project in the former Wolds prison, he is now taking the role of the first facilitator for the Code 4000 pilot.

     

    Neil  Barnby

    Sessions with Neil Barnby :

    • Skills, employment and education: Equipping prisoners with essential digital skills

      Scotland's digital technology industry is the fastest growing sector of the economy and is estimated to grow twice as fast as the entire Scottish economy by 2024. This session will explore how we can use this opportunity to up-skill prisoners and help offenders find sustainable employment.

  • Gary Dawson

    SHMU

    Gary Dawson is the Co-ordinator of the Media Access Project (MAP) based in HMP&YOI Grampian in the North-East of Scotland. This unique and innovative project is funded by the Big Lottery and managed by Station House Media Unit (shmu) in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service. MAP offers prisoners the opportunity to engage in a range of digital media within the prison, gain accreditation and skills, create meaningful and relevant media, support services to more effectively engage with prisoners and vice versa. Participants are further supported through the transition into the community where amongst other things, they can engage in further media creation and development which can be shared back into the prison, encouraging others to take part in this journey.

    Gary has a Masters Degree in Education,  Post Grads in Social Services Leadership, Business Management, Substance Misuse and other assorted bits and pieces collected over 30 years in Criminal Justice Social Work, Community Education and Community focussed digital media.
     

    Gary  Dawson

    Sessions with Gary Dawson :

    • Skills, employment and education: Equipping prisoners with essential digital skills

      Scotland's digital technology industry is the fastest growing sector of the economy and is estimated to grow twice as fast as the entire Scottish economy by 2024. This session will explore how we can use this opportunity to up-skill prisoners and help offenders find sustainable employment.

  • James Levy

    Managing Director Socrates Software

    James Levy has spent more than 10 years working with the MoJ and Scottish Prison Service, as well as other prison services worldwide. His focus has been to improve family communications, and more recently, provide digital tablets for education, wellbeing, training, interventions, communications and generally improving rehabilitation opportunities, whilst maintaining security.

    James began working on Socrates 360 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdDjEJmucyw over 4 years ago, designing it from the ground up for use specifically for prisons and probation, with the aim to help prisoners access learning away from the prison classroom. By utilising this generally unused time for purposeful activity, prisoners increase their chances of rehabilitation.

    With his knowledge of the prison industry, James has been able to take Socrates 360 a step further, providing a ‘mobile mentor’ in the community on the user’s own smartphone, providing a true ‘Through the Gates’ solution.

    James has been instrumental in bridging the journey from prison to probation, with one simple platform to aid in reducing recidivism, improving wellbeing, and reducing costs of prisoner management.

    Prior to forming Socrates Software Ltd, part of the L&G group of companies, James worked in the secure data and telecoms industry.

    James and his team help to keep safe and rehabilitate over 110,000 prisoners in over 155 prisons, across 3 continents through their specialist technology products specifically designed for prisons and other secure facilities.

    James Levy

    Sessions with James Levy:

    • Skills, employment and education: Equipping prisoners with essential digital skills

      Scotland's digital technology industry is the fastest growing sector of the economy and is estimated to grow twice as fast as the entire Scottish economy by 2024. This session will explore how we can use this opportunity to up-skill prisoners and help offenders find sustainable employment.

  • Dr. Ben Matthews

    Research Associate Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland, SCCJR

    Ben’s PhD thesis, “Criminal Careers and the Crime Drop in Scotland, 1989-2011” examined changing convictions trends in Scotland over a period of falling crime rates, bringing together research on the crime drop with a developmental approach to studying criminal careers. The results showed a sharp contrast between falling rates of conviction for young people, particularly young men, and increases in conviction rates for those between their mid-twenties and mid-forties.

    He completed his thesis with the SCCJR at the University of Edinburgh in 2017.

    Ben is currently a Research Associate at the Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland, involved in a number of projects analysing routinely collected data held by organisations working in criminal justice in Scotland.

     

    Dr. Ben  Matthews

    Sessions with Dr. Ben Matthews:

    • Using data to gather information and insight in to re-offending

      This session will give an overview on how data can be used to gather insight into offending/ re-offending and how it can be used to adopt evidence based policy.

  • Tom Halpin

    Chief Executive SACRO

    Tom Halpin took up his appointment as Chief Executive at Sacro on 17 August 2009. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Constable of Lothian & Borders Police and led the portfolio for Public Protection in Scotland,
    He is also a member of the University Court at Glasgow Caledonian University and Deputy Chair of the Corra Foundation.
      
    Tom currently chairs the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum and is a Council Member of the Scottish Association for Studying Offending, both influential 'think-tanks' on such matters drawn from established professionals including academics, policy makers, sentencers and leading practitioners.
     
    Awarded the Queen's police Medal in 2008 Honours, he is married with two grown up children.

    Tom  Halpin

    Sessions with Tom Halpin :

    • Using social media to influence public opinion

      Social media has become a powerful tool in influencing public opinion and can be used to promote good practice and bring attention to positive news stories. This session will explore how organisations can effectively use social media to promote the sectors successes and influence change.

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