Meet our Team

Managers

Chief Executive Officer

Fiona

I qualified as a Probation Officer in 2003 and  have been Chief Executive at Elizabeth Fry Charity since 2008.

I find my role hugely rewarding and am committed to working with Trustees and the staff team to ensure that the Charity continues to grow and provides the highest quality service to women in the criminal justice system.

Operations Manager

Lauren

I’m Operations Manager at the Approved Premises.  I provide operational oversight of the day-to-day running of the Approved Premises, ensuring that the team and I are working with residents in line with Approved Premises guidance. 

Resettlement & Support Manager

Cydney

I am responsible for line managing the team of Resettlement and Support Officers, providing them with supervision meetings and ensuring they are suitably trained and have the appropriate skills and knowledge to undertake their roles.
I choose to work at Elizabeth Fry Charity as I believe in supporting and empowering women to make positive changes in their lives.

Referral and Premises Manager

Caroline

I manage and review the referrals that come in to Elizabeth Fry Approved Premises. I also oversee Buildings and Health & Safety. I joined the team in March 2023 and I am thoroughly enjoying working alongside the staff, trustees and residents to ensure that the AP is a safe and pleasant place to live and work.

Finance Manager

Sam W

I joined Elizabeth Fry Charity in 2016 and am responsible for managing the financial operations of the Charity.

I love working at Elizabeth Fry. The work is so interesting, no day is the same and it’s so wonderful seeing someone reach their potential. 

Staff

Placement Supervisors

Magda, Tanith & Sam C

Our role is to build a working relationship with residents so we can complete one-to-one work, tailored to their unique needs and goals.

We start planning placements before their release. We support residents throughout their AP journey, providing support and interventions, signposting to relevant agencies and working closely with probation practitioners.

We believe that when someone is ready, with the right support, anyone is able to resettle safely and successfully.

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Resettlement & Support Officers

Jennifer, Kathe, Nicki, Tracy, Vivian, Derry, Graham, Julia, Nichola & Seki

Resettlement Support Officers are in Elizabeth Fry House 24 hours a day to provide safety and support to residents, with the aim of preparing them to resettle within the community.

We empower residents to make positive changes by providing one-to-one support. This can involve supporting residents to engage with services and with tasks that can be difficult for some, such as making phone calls and attending appointments. Resettlement and Support Officers deliver evening activities such as arts and crafts, bingo and movie nights.

We support residents to make positive choices and to work towards their goals .

 

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Substance Misuse Worker

Eleanor

I run the Substance Misuse programme at Elizabeth Fry House. This consists of a weekly, often CBT based, group exploring subjects like Creating Change, Setting Goals, Justification and Denial, Thoughts and Cravings and Lapse Coping Strategies. I provide all residents with the opportunity to attend keywork sessions and also provide them with a Recovery Diary workbook.

I am extremely passionate about recovery and have worked in Drug and Alcohol services and women’s projects for the last 15 years. I cannot imagine being more fulfilled by a role where I can support others to reach their potential, whilst also safeguarding our residents and the wider community. I feel strongly that recovery, whilst complex and challenging, is possible for all, especially when individuals are able to ask for help.

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Housing & Link Worker

Emma

My job is to support the women that come to Elizabeth Fry in finding suitable move on accommodation.

This means that I work with multiple councils and other organisations in and outside of the Reading area. I spend time sourcing accommodation in the community up and down the country for those who do not have a local connection but want a fresh start. For those women that stay in Reading I am able to support them to register at estate agents and attend viewings with them.

I often go to prisons to speak with the women that may come to Elizabeth Fry House and to prison staff to answer any questions that they have and dispel any myths about Approved Premises.

In the time I have worked for Elizabeth Fry I have had the privilege of working with many residents. Accommodation is a big stress factor, especially when working with complex individuals. To be able to support the women, and advocate for them, is one of the reasons that I love working for the charity.

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Outreach Worker

Julia G

My name is Julia, and I have been The Outreach Worker at Elizabeth Fry since June 2019.

My main task is to provide additional support to those residents who are remaining in the Reading area to facilitate a successful move on .

I am able to begin working with residents whilst they are still living at Elizabeth Fry House and this helps us to prepare together for their move on, completing needs assessments and support plans through which residents can meet their goals.

I am able to help residents to learn about what is available to them in the Reading community and promote engagement in leisure pursuits, education, faith groups and facilities such as medical and dental centres, libraries and employment, education or volunteering opportunities.

I work closely not only with my colleagues at the hostels, but Probation workers, Substance Misuse practitioners, Housing Departments, Social Services and Health Care professionals.

For many women, moving to a new area can be a little overwhelming. I aim to prevent women from being socially isolated.

We are very lucky to work closely with Alana House, a women’s only community facility close to the town centre. I spend a few hours there each week, and accompany women to initial assessments, join in with their community café and generally enjoy a safe happy environment which is for women only.

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Housekeeping Team

Judith & Maria

We make sure the pantry is kept stocked and that residents’ dietary needs are catered for.  We keep the AP looking clean and sparkly, make up rooms ready for residents’ arrivals and put together welcome and move on packs!

We like to make residents feel at ease by making eye contact with a smile and bringing positivity!

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Therapeutic Gardener

Andy

I have been the Therapeutic Gardener at Elizabeth Fry House since May 2023.

I am a Geographer with over two-decades of applied research and project management experience, specialising in urban agriculture/horticulture and food security in challenging environments.

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Fundraiser

Sam J

I apply for funding, to support residents whilst they are at Elizabeth Fry House. I am passionate about addressing the root causes of issues so that women can lead fulfilling lives and reach their potential.

Trustees

Chair

Tony R

I joined Elizabeth Fry Charity as a Trustee in early 2012, and became Chair nearly six years later.

Before retirement in Spring 2017, I was employed for nine years as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Probation, leading a range of national and local inspections in the probation service, prisons and youth offending teams. Prior to joining the Inspectorate, my working career included senior manager positions within the Probation Service, Local Government and the NHS.

I enjoy running, including Saturday morning Park Runs. A season ticket holder with Reading FC, I am a member of St Michael’s Church in Tilehurst.

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Vice Chair

Kay

I joined the Charity in 2017. I am vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the People and Safeguarding Committee.

Before retiring, I was a teacher specialising in the Early Years and have been a magistrate sitting in both adult and family court for over 30 years.

I have a firm belief that everyone deserves a second chance and that we all need a helping hand on occasions. The Charity, with its experienced and committed staff, can provide that helping hand to support women to adjust to life outside of the prison environment, so that they have a greater chance of a successful resettlement back into the community.

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Trustee

Jane

I have been a trustee on the board of Directors for nearly 4 years . I am involved on two committees, the People and Safeguarding Committee (of which I am the Chair), and the Finance Committee.

I come from a corporate background working mainly in Sales and Marketing, moving eventually into a Talent Role across UK and Europe. I have worked with a lot of Blue Chip companies managing large teams of people implementing strategies on their behalf.

I have been a magistrate since 2008, and sit on both crime and family courts.

I stepped back from full time employment in 2019, and was encouraged by another Magistrate to join the trustees at Elizabeth Fry, where I think my skills I’ve learnt over the years are put to good use.  Elizabeth Fry is a small but very important charity focused on women, and one I feel privileged to be involved with.

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Trustee

Jenny

I have been a Trustee of Elizabeth Fry Charity since 2017 and am a member of the People and Safeguarding Committee.

I am a retired consultant dermatologist where I was clinical lead for the department. I have also worked in general practice. My speciality and research was in women and children’s problems.

I dealt with patients who were offenders or children of offenders and many people suffering with substance misuse and I feel that everyone deserves a second chance. The more help women have with their second chance the better the outcome should be. Meeting trustees I felt I share the values of Elizabeth Fry Charity offering safety and support to the women residents to improve their mental and physical health aiming for improved lifestyle for them in the long term.

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Trustee

Nicky

I have been a Trustee since March 2023 and am a member of the Finance Committee.

I have been a magistrate for 14 years; initially working in the Adult Criminal Court before becoming a Family Magistrate too. I am also Deputy Chair of Governors of a primary school, where I take Board responsibility for Safeguarding and sit on the Finance Committee.

I have a degree in Japanese and worked briefly in Tokyo before returning to the City, predominantly in marketing and strategy roles for the London Stock Exchange, although that was some time ago!

I was introduced to the work of Elizabeth Fry by a fellow magistrate and was drawn by the idea of getting involved in the ‘other end’ of the criminal justice system. I strongly believe in the principle of rehabilitation and am pleased to play a role in helping women get their lives back on track and reintegrate into society.

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Trustee

Tony F

I became a trustee in 2022 and am a member of the Finance Committee.

I trained as a Chartered Accountant and worked for KPMG throughout my working career, mostly in London but also with periods abroad.  My client facing role helping companies buy and sell businesses included responsibility for staff and other partners.  I have been a magistrate since 2014 sitting in the adult and family courts in Oxford and the Thames Valley.

I was approached by another trustee, who was also a magistrate, to join EFC, and it seemed both a good fit for me and an organisation that I could learn from and hopefully support.

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Patron

Her Honour Zoe Smith DL

I was called to the Bar in 1970 and practised as a Barrister for 29 years specialising in the Criminal Law. In 1999 I was appointed to the Circuit Bench and sat as a Judge at Reading Crown Court until 2014 when I moved to Oxford Crown Court. In 2011 I was also appointed as a Diversity and Community Judge.

Throughout my career I have taken an interest in measures designed to keep offenders, and particularly women, out of the Criminal Justice system. For many years I was an appointed  member of the Thames Valley Probation Board. Whilst I was at Reading I successfully supported an application by Probation to the Ministry of Justice for a Day Centre (Alana House)  for women to seek help with a varying range of issues. A former Chair of the Trustees of the Elizabeth Fry Charity was also a member of the Probation Board and, knowing of my interest in assisting offenders, invited me to take up this exceptional role.

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