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Penelope Gibbs

Penelope Gibbs

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2010

Update August 2010

At the beginning of May, I moved from the Department for Children, Schools and Families to the Department for Education and then to the Prison Reform Trust, as I left my secondment and went back to my "day job". I left too soon after the new government came in to understand how it would change the strategy and culture of the department, but I attended many a training seminar on how to adapt! I left my line manager with a research paper on the cause of delay in child care proceedings and some recommendations on how to reduce the delay. I still don't quite know what has been done with the paper, and whether anything will change. I am left with a huge passion for child protection, and with a conviction that a Civil Servant's life is not for me.  

Coming back to the Prison Reform Trust was difficult initially – taking up where I'd left off, letting go of family law – but as the new government got into its stride, work has accelerated.  

In terms of CSLP, I really enjoyed the mini-residential at the Leadership Trust in July. The leadership exercises encouraged us to interact and support each other. I particularly enjoyed an exercise where Bhaggie, Alexander, Kate and I had to solve a puzzle blindfold again and again.

In September, I will start my research project exploring the viability of creating a new web based tool to help communication between the public and voluntary sectors. 

Twitter: @PenelopeGibbs2
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

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