We are pleased to announce that we appointed two new trustees in June 2016: Sarah Gooch and Judith Squarey.
Sarah was appointed to the Bench in Wiltshire in 1991and during her time as a magistrate, worked closely with the probation service. Sarah has always been interested in promoting the care and rehabilitation of offenders and is also involved in a Wiltshire Initiative which monitors and encourages Restorative Justice in the community.
Judith ran her own physiotherapy practice for 45 years and was married to an Anglican priest for 41 years. Her husband was involved with prisons and inevitably Judith became interested through his work. Judith has worked with several other charities including Riding for Disabled and has been involved in training sessions for the Clergy.
We welcome both Sarah and Judith to our trustee team.
We are pleased to welcome Simon Petchey to our Board of Trustees. Simon replaces Juliet Cooper who was a trustee from the launch of the charity in 2011 to July 2015. Thank you to Juliet for all her support and work which included leading the two, highly successful Christmas fundraisers in 2012 and 2014. Simon has been working with the Friends for several months and knows HMP Erlestoke well as he has previously been Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board.
Welcome to Mark Mangham who has joined the charity as our new Treasurer. Mark had a 20 year career in the army with the Royal Green Jackets and saw service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, East Timor, Sierra Leone and Iraq plus several international postings. Mark now works for an American technology company developing their international business. Mark will take over from Quentin with immediate effect.
A big thank you to Quentin Goggs who is stepping down as treasurer, but will remain as an honorary trustee. Quentin joined the Friends in summer 2012 and has made a significant contribution to the development of the charity in the last 12 months; not only in his role as treasurer, but also in supporting the successful Celebration of Christmas event, organising the May sponsored walk and being a driving force on the Board of Trustees.
The charity was officially launched by the trustees in 2011. Speakers included one of the charity's Patrons, John Bush, CVO, JP and Andy Rogers, Governor of HMP Erlestoke and HMP Shepton Mallet.