Safe Ground - Using drama to educate prisoners and young people at risk in the community


Meet the Board

Diane Lennan (Chair)

Diane has extensive management experience within the arts, not for profit service and commercial sectors. A magistrate in central London, who believes passionately in the need to address in a different way, the issues which result in prisoner reoffending. A Trustee of a theatre company, which demonstrates the power of art as it highlights the concerns of rural communities, through local production and support for young writers.

Adam Stebbings

Adam is a graduate Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience in the commercial world, followed by nine years in the charity sector in which he has occupied the roles of CEO, COO, CFO and trustee/treasurer. He is currently engaged in mentoring a number of charity CEOs and leading a variety of change management projects.

Deanna Rodger

Deanna Rodger is an actor and spoken word poet. She is the youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007). She completed vocational acting training in The National Youth Theatres (NYT) REP Company 2012. She has written and performed as a poet and actor in 2012 Olympic Team Welcome Ceremonies, Buckingham Palace and Speakers House. She runs Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is in poetry collectives: Rubix, Point Blank Poets and Keats House Poetry Forum.

Jen Byrne

Jen Byrne is a senior Strategy and Business Development professional, with over ten years experience of delivering over £300m of growth for a range of organisations providing public services in the UK. Her interest is in tackling new and emerging markets where the challenge is shaping the market, creating the capacity and quality of solutions to deliver change and aligning the commercial framework to create a sustainable platform for commissioners and providers.

Gary Monaghan

With over 20 years’ experience in the Prison Service Gary Monaghan is Governing Governor of HMP Pentonville. This is the second establishment Gary has governed with a career that has spanned a variety of operational and non –operational roles within the Prison Service.  He has particularly expertise in offender health and the use of information technology in the custodial environment.

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