About the summit

On the 21st October 2021, the Ministry of Justice and New Futures Network hosted a virtual summit for employers to learn about recruiting prison leavers.

Leading businesses already benefitting from recruiting people from prison, including Timpson, Greene King & Greggs shared their experience, advice and knowledge.

The government’s commitment to reducing re-offending and supporting the economy to Build Back Better was amplified by the Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab. 

Recordings available to watch now
Headline session: Filling your skills gaps by recruiting from prison
Workshop 2: How to practically go about employing someone from prison
Workshop 1: Increasing diversity through inclusive recruitment
Workshop 3: How your business can make a difference by recruiting people out of prison 

event programme

21st October 2021

Join our headline session to discover how and why businesses and government departments are providing work and employment opportunities to prisoners and prison leavers. We will hear an interview with a former prisoner who now works for COOK, followed by a business panel discussion.

Chair: Duncan O’Leary (New Futures Network)
Keynote speaker: The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and Deputy Prime Minister)
Speakers: Annie Gale (COOK), John Daynes (COOK), Bhavina Bharkhada (Make UK), Darren Burns (Timpson) and Andrew Ashworth (GFiE)

Find out how recruiting prison leavers can increase the diversity of your workforce. Some businesses have created their own programmes specifically for recruiting and supporting people from marginalised groups, including prison leavers. 

Chair: Surini Ranawake (New Futures Network)
Speakers: Annie Gale (COOK), Michelle McSorley (Wates), Mo Bangura (Wates), Nicola Inge (Business in the Community) and Lynne Kennedy (Greene King)

This session will leave you feeling more informed about the processes around employing someone from prison, including bank accounts, accommodation, how ROTL (Release On Temporary License) works, identifying potential candidates before release and background checks.

Chair: James Palmer (New Futures Network)
Speakers: Gareth Swain (SUEZ), Babafemi Dada (HMP Gartree), Helen Dyson (Nacro) and Alistair Donaghey (Willmott Dixon)

82% of people think that businesses that employ ex-offenders are making a positive contribution to society. This workshop will see employers share the difference they have made to their business, people’s lives and wider society by recruiting from prison.

Chair: Christine Fisk (New Futures Network)
Speakers: Darren Burns (Timpson), Stacey Shallcross (Timpson), James Knox (Ricoh UK), Roisin Currie (Greggs) and Stephen Simpson (Cidon)

MEET THE Speakers

The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and Deputy Prime Minister

Andrew Ashworth

Civil Service Commission, Head of Going Forward into Employment

Darren Burns

Timpson Group, National Recruitment Ambassador

Babafemi Dada

HMP Gartree, Governor

Roisin Currie

Greggs, People and Retail Operations Director

Annie Gale

COOK, Head of RAW Talent and Apprenticeships

John Daynes

COOK, RAW Talent Advocate

Bhavina Bharkhada

Make UK, Head of Policy & Campaigns

Gareth Swain

SUEZ, Regional Manager

Duncan O’Leary

New Futures Network, CEO

Surini Ranawake

New Futures Network, Head of Employment Outcomes

Helen Dyson

Nacro, Director of Justice & Health and Business Development

James Knox

Ricoh UK, ESG Manager - Corporate Responsibility

Lynne Kennedy

Greene King, Talent Development Manager

Nicola Inge

BITC, Employment & Skills Director

Alistair Donaghey

Willmott Dixon, Regional Head of Safety, Health & Environment

Christine Fisk

New Futures Network, Sector Lead

Mo Bangura

Wates, Traffic Marshal

Michelle McSorley

Wates Residential, Community Investment Team Manager

James Palmer

New Futures Network, Senior Employment Manager

Stacey Shallcross

Timpson Group, Mobile Manager

Stephen Simpson

Cidon, Operations Director

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