Guest Speakers:

  • Pact Ambassadors (Prisoners’ Families' Voices Group)
  • Mr Phil Copple, Executive Director, Prisons
  • Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, National Policing Lead for Children and Young People
  • Sir Martin Narey DL, former Director General of HM Prison Service, non-Executive Advisory Board member at Unilink

Please join us at this special event to celebrate Pact’s 120th Anniversary. We are delighted to be joined this year by some very special guest speakers.

This event brings together the voices of prisoners’ families, with national leaders responsible for our prison system and for the policing of children and young people. Hear from our Chair, Phil Taylor OBE, and CEO, Andy Keen-Downs, about our 120 years of service, and the ambitions within our new 5 year vision. Find out about some of our exciting new partnerships and alliances, including our exciting new partnership with Unilink. Join us, as we bring people from all sectors together, for the common good, to reduce re-offending, to make our prisons safer, and to give all children and young people a brighter future.


5.15     Refreshments

5.45     Welcome from Phil Taylor, OBE, Pact Chair of Trustees

5.50     Formal Pact AGM (including Treasurer’s Report, Elections)

6.00     120 Years of Serving, Andy Keen-Downs, CEO of Pact Group

6.15     Prisoners’ Families Voices

6.30     The Decency Agenda in the Digital Age, Sir Martin Narey DL, Unilink  

6.40     Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney   

7.00     Mr Phil Copple, Executive Director, Prisons

7.20     Questions Time

7.30     Closing Remarks from Phil Taylor

7.35     Reception

8.00     Close

Our grateful thanks to Unilink for generously supporting this event, and to London South Bank University for their kind hospitality.

Guest Speakers

Sir Martin Narey, DL, former Director General of HM Prison Service, non-Executive Advisory Board member at Unilink

Sir Martin Narey was appointed Director General of Prisons, and, following a merger of Prisons and Probation in 2003, he became the first CEO of the National Offender Management Service.

In 2005, after resigning from the prison service he became Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, during which he chaired The Campaign To End Child Poverty, and saw Barnardo’s grew by almost 40%.

Today, he is Chair of the Trustees of The Brain Tumour Charity, Chair of the Portman Group, Deputy Chair of The Sage, Gateshead and a non-executive member of the board of The Unilink Group Ltd. He is a visiting Professor at the Universities of Durham, Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam.

Phil Taylor OBE, Pact Chair of Trustees

Having completed over 35 years’ service, Phil retired in 2013 as the Governing Governor of HMP Wormwood Scrubs. He was awarded an OBE for his outstanding contribution to the Prison Service in 2011. In his career Phil worked in 13 prisons and with every category of prisoner.

As a Senior Manager Phil continually supported the work of Pact including helping to enable the development of a new Family Visitors Centre at Wormwood Scrubs.

Since his retirement he has worked on prison reform projects in China with The International Centre for Prison Studies and in Armenia, with the then, National Offender Management Service.

Phil became a Trustee of Pact in February 2014 as well as a Non-Executive Director of Pact Futures. He became Chair of the Board of Trustees in October 2017.

Andy Keen-Downs, Pact CEO

Andy Keen-Downs has been Chief Executive of Pact since 2005, before which he was Deputy Director at Gingerbread (One Parent Families), and held senior posts with the National Childbirth Trust and Centrepoint.

Andy’s first job with a charity was as one of a team of three staff, running The Gatehouse Project in the Hulme & Moss side area of Manchester supporting adults with literacy issues. Previously he worked for Reuters in the City of London.  

Pact Ambassadors (Prisoners’ Families’ Voices)

Our team of Pact Ambassadors will share their experiences of having a family member or loved one in prison, and put forward some questions and challenges to the speakers, our audience, and to Pact, on the changes that they want to see.

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney is the most senior police officer in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. She is also the national policing lead for Children and Young People.

Phil Copple, Executive Director, Prisons

Phil Copple was appointed Executive Director, Prisons at the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in January 2013. Phil has worked in offender management for over 23 years.

Please note, this event is now closed.