Criminal Justice Affairs Group
Faith in transforming justice
The 2017-2018 annual review of the Criminal Justice Affairs group is now published. It can be downloaded here .
The group organised a day conference on IPP prisoners (Imprisonment for Public Protection) in October 2018 in the open setting of the Great Hall at the Grange, HMP Hewell. The title of the conference was Searching for a way out - The dilemma of the sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP). It was well attended by people from across the criminal justice sector along with community organisations and churches.
A report of the conference can be found on this page. The group is now looking at how to build on the energy generated by the day to help keep this issue moving forward.
The conference saw and heard by video various IPP prisoners talking about their experience. We are pleased to make an anonymised version of that video available here, so that you can hear their testimonies for yourself.
About the group
The Worcester Diocesan Criminal Justice Affairs group was formally launched with a pre-election event hosted by the Bishop and Dean in Worcester Cathedral on March 26th, 2015.
The group has two main aims:
- internally within the Diocese to offer a Christian perspective and provide expert advice on criminal justice matters, and
- externally to raise public awareness and be catalysts of criminal justice-related social action
Since its launch it has grown in membership, and either through its membership or through shared activities is now linked with:
- Diocesan Commission for Social Responsibility
- West Mercia Criminal Justice Board
- HMP Hewell
- HMP Long Lartin
- University of Worcester
- Magistrates' Association Education and Research Network
- Willowdene Care Farm
Its current membership is:
Group Chair: Charmian Manship.
Charmian trained as a musician and spent a lifetime teaching first music and then religious studies. She trained for the ministry on the St Alban's and Oxford Ministry Course, which included a placement at HMP Grendon Underwood, and served a curacy in the Oxford Diocese, moving to Worcester Cathedral as Succentor in 2003. Since retiring from the cathedral she has worked, and continues to work, as a volunteer in the Chaplaincy at HMP Hewell.
Bishop of Worcester's Adviser on Criminal Justice Affairs, Paul West.
Paul West is the former Chief Constable of West Mercia Police (2003-2011), having retired from that role following a 32 year policing career with Durham Constabulary, Thames Valley Police and West Mercia Police. Paul has been the Bishop of Worcester’s Advisor on Criminal Justice Affairs (voluntary role) since 2013, is the Bishop’s nominee on the Board of Governors at Bromsgrove School and is currently Chair of Trustees at Holland House Retreat and Conference Centre in Cropthorne, Worcestershire. In 2011, he established Policing First as an ethically-based company with a unique business model. Its central aims are to help bring about improved policing and justice systems in the UK and internationally whilst providing much needed support to a range of inspirational charities and community-based projects.
Diana Fulbrook OBE is the former Chief Executive of Wiltshire Probation Trust (2000-2012), having retired from that role after working in the probation service for over 40 years, including working in Hereford and Worcester, and Warwickshire. She also worked part time for the Parole Board for 10 years so is very well versed in the criminal justice system. She is a Lay Canon Emeritus of Salisbury Cathedral. Currently she is the Independent Chair of Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board, and has recently been appointed as the Independent Chair of the Adult Safeguarding Board in Swindon. In addition she chairs the governing body of New College Worcester, a national college for blind and visually impaired young people, and is a Trustee Director of Worcestershire Association of Carers.
His Honour Toby Hooper worked from 1973 as a barrister and from 2000 as a QC before working as a Circuit Judge from 2007 to 2016. He was a member of the General Management Committee of the Bar Council from 2003 to 2005. While a Circuit Judge he tried criminal, family and civil cases in Worcester and Hereford and was additionally a member of the Parole Board from 2010 to 2013. He was Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford from 2009 to 2016.
Dr Juliet Horne teaches and conducts
research in the law school at the University of Warwick. Her particular
areas of interest are in criminal appeals and the treatment of miscarriages of
justice, as well as prisons. Juliet trained as a solicitor in Birmingham before
working as a case review manager for the Criminal Cases Review Commission,
investigating alleged miscarriages of justice.
Mark Lister is a partner in Lister Brady solicitors which he founded in 2005 with Sarah Brady. He qualified in 1984 and specialises in Criminal law. He is a Higher Courts advocate and regularly appears in both the Magistrates Court and Crown Court. He was Chair of Governers at Castlemorton Church of England Primary School for 5 years and is currently a Church Warden at St Gregory's Castlemorton.
Derek Markie is a semi-retired management consultant and Chartered Chemical Engineer living in Evesham, with a background in production and process operations management across UK industry and economic development in the public sector in the East Midlands. As an independent consultant he has blended work with commercial, public, voluntary and faith sector organisations from local to national level, reflecting his life-long Christian commitment, and has both strong family and personal interests in Criminal Justice across courts, probation/CRC and CPS. In the “devolution era” he was Executive Director of East Midlands Churches Forum and Faith to Engage, a member of the Regional Assembly, CPS Community Involvement Panel and a Board Member of One East Midlands (VCS).
Lorraine is CEO of YSS, a charity making a difference to over 2000 people a year across West Mercia . YSS support some of the most marginalised people in society including those in, or at risk of entering, the criminal justice system. Lorraine has given oral evidence to the Justice Select Committee at the House of Commons in 2018 as part of their review into Transforming Rehabilitation and sits on a number of boards and forums with a criminal justice focus. Before joining YSS in 2003, Lorraine had a 20 year career in Banking. She joined YSS in 2003 to develop and implement a YSS volunteering strategy and to lead on an innovative, ESF-funded project called Connect, resettling offenders. She became YSS Chief Executive Officer in 2014.
Keith Stokes-Smith is a Chartered Secretary and Cost and Management Accountant by profession (FCIS ACMA) having been Company Secretary of British Home Stores plc and subsequently Wicks plc. He became a Worcestershire magistrate in 2002 and sits in the County Court on appeals also representing the Worcestershire bench as Council member on the Magistrates Association. He owns and runs a small property business though most of his time is spent in a voluntary capacity. He is a Freeman of the City Of London and a Liveryman-Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He is also the Consul for Lithuania in the West Midlands, a member of the Birmingham Consular Association and is currently its President. He sits on the 'West Midlands Together' Steering Group (mainly Hate Crime related) and is engaged in a range of other charitable activities.
Three years after her ordination in 1990, Stephanie Watson became Deputy Chaplain at Durham Prison (where she presided at her first communion) and introduced some work around perpetrators and victims. At HMP & YOI Low Newton, she led the chaplaincy team and chaired the Prisons’ Week Committee. Stephanie worked as a chaplain at Long Lartin and is currently at Hewell. In 2004, Stephanie worked for Worcestershire Youth Offending Team focusing on youngsters at risk of custodial sentences. She then trained (2006) as an ‘Independent Domestic Violence Advocate’ and was involved in the setting up of the service in Worcestershire. In 2011, she completed Worcester University’s postgraduate certificate in the 'Dynamics of Domestic Abuse' followed by a safeguarding module.
Mission Development Officer Doug Chaplin also attends the group and works with it.
Contact the group
The group can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org (this is the best means of contact) or through Doug Chaplin in the diocesan office.