• 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

  • 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

  • Michael Taylor

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    Michael  Taylor

    Sessions with Michael Taylor :

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

  • Gary Dawson


    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

  • Pete White

    Chief Executive Postive Prison? Positive Futures

    Pete White

    Sessions with Pete White :

    • Adapting to a digitalised world: Transitioning into the community

  • Kenyatta Leal

    The Last Mile

    Kenyatta Leal

    Sessions with Kenyatta Leal:

    • San Quentin to Silicon Valley

  • Senior Representative, Community Justice Scotland

    Senior Representative,   Community Justice Scotland

    Sessions with Senior Representative, Community Justice Scotland :

    • The revolving door of re - offending: An overview

  • Senior Representative Apex Scotland

    Senior Representative  Apex Scotland

    Sessions with Senior Representative Apex Scotland:

    • Digital solutions helping to maintain strong family relationships

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