Oswin Project is the North East’s charity for creating work opportunities for prisoners and ex-offenders. Having secured further funding to support the expansion of their work with ex-offenders, they have appointed three new trustees with a broad range of skills to support their enterprising plans for the future.
Gaynor Richardson is Head of Commercial at The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, part of the University of Cambridge. She has 20 years’ experience working across public, private, and public sector organisations.
Brigadier Peter Taylor served in the Royal Marines for 30 years, serving in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Oman before returning to Britain to assist the Cabinet Office with Brexit planning, and is currently the Grenfell Tower Programme Director.
Katherine Oliver is an Asset Services Manager for Action for Children. She is a qualified Estates Surveyor with a broad range of experience in estate and strategic asset management.
Fiona Sample, CEO revealed that Oswin has great plans for the future including expanding Cafe 16, the training cafe run by prisoners within HMP Northumberland, opening further cafes in Newcastle Cathedral, and possibly in a second prison, together with expanding their successful gardening, decorating and maintenance teams.
Anne Moyle Chair of Trustees said “We are delighted to welcome the new trustees at a time when the charity is embarking on an ambitious strategy to meet the growing need for our services.
We look forward to drawing on the expertise of our new and existing trustees to help meet the challenges of 2021 and beyond.”