Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2010
Penelope set up her own charity Transform Justice in 2013, focused on campaigning for a better (fair, humane, open and effective) justice system in the UK. So far Penelope is the only member of staff and her ambition is to achieve policy and practice change.
For five years before starting Transform Justice, Penelope worked for the Prison Reform Trust as Director of Out of Trouble: the Prison Reform Trust’s programme to reduce the number of children and young people imprisoned in the UK. She led a team which lobbied public and local government, promoted the cause in the media and used the internet to gather and motivate public support.
Penelope was previously Director of the Voluntary Action Media Unit (VAMU) - a three year lottery funded project which aimed to improve the relationship between charities and the media. It was managed by the charity TimeBank with the Media Trust and Institue for Volunteering Research as partners. VAMU produced research on the relationship between the two sectors; and set up AskCharity- a research resource for journalists; encouraged charity personnel to experience media life though Media Connections 2006 and attempted to engage the interest of media students in charities.
Before moving to the voluntary sector Penelope worked in the media. At the BBC, Penelope was a graduate trainee, a senior producer of programmes like Woman’s Hour and the Learning Curve, and managed a strategy project on how the BBC should better meet the needs of disabled audiences. Penelope began her working life as a "suit” in advertising, before realising that her heart was not in marketing toothpaste.
Penelope is married, with two teenage girls and lives in Kentish Town, London. In her spare time she is Chair of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, a coalition of charities working for a better youth justice system.
Take a look at Penelope's research
Personal website/ blog: www.transformjustice.org.uk/blog/
Current principal role: Director
Current principal organisation: Transform Justice
Other leadership role 1: Chair
Other organisation 1: the Standing Committee for Youth Justice
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: Criminal Justice Alliance
Research: A marriage made in heaven? The relationship between Chairs and Chief Executives in charities
Research topics: Charity; Equality; Governance; Leadership; Policy;
Secondment host: Department for Children, Schools and Families