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


Meet the Board

Diane Lennan

Diane has an MA in Strategic HR and Policy, with a current role as a Management Consultant for the arts and charity sectors. Diane is undertaking roles as: Magistrate Chairman Central London, Deputy Chair of Crown Simmons, Trustee of Pentabus Theatre Company, and Director of Building 15 Management Company. Diane has extensive executive experience within the commercial service and not for profit sectors of: people, customer service and operations. A management consultant who now provides clients with support for transformational change and organisational development.

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.

Grace Wyld

Grace is a consultant at NPC, the think tank and consultancy for the social sector, supporting charities and funders to improve their impact. At NPC Grace researches the criminal justice sector specifically and has worked on the Justice Data Lab. Before joining NPC she volunteered as a researcher on the Prison Reform Trust’s review into the over-representation of looked after children in the criminal justice system, and worked for a charity creating theatre productions with care leavers in North London.

Laura Lines

Laura Lines is a Grants Manager at the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, an independent grant-maker funding in the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. Laura joined the Foundation in 2007 as Administrator – Communications and Resources becoming Grants and Communications Officer in 2014 and Grants Manager in 2016. Prior to joining the Foundation Laura worked in fundraising as Project Manager for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith is an award-winning poet and facilitator and is involved in support services addressing multiple needs. He has performed at The National Theatre, Roundhouse London, Stoke City’s Bet 365 Football Stadium, Tate Modern, The Royal Festival Hall, has collaborated with various BBC radio productions and is also an alumni graduate of Family Man.

Richard Lambe

Richard is a writer and performer. In recent years, he has performed short pieces of drama addressing childhood trauma and the care system. Richard has performed at Safe Ground events at The National Theatre, The Roundhouse, St. Ethelburgers Centre for Peace and Reconciliation; and has presented with Safe Ground to students at Warwick University and The International School (Geneva). In 2011 Richard participated in both Family Man and (unusually), Fathers Inside. Richard is an entrepreneur, problem solver and networker with an excellent set of commercial skills.

Jess Genevieve Bailey

Jess Bailey is a PhD candidate in the history of art completing a concurrent degree in medieval studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Before moving to the UK for a research fellowship at the Wellcome Collection she taught college classes inside the San Quentin Prison for the Prison University Project. Jess is writing a dissertation about the visual cultures of premodern gunpowder, masculinity, and gendered violence. Her research engages the history of medicine, disability studies, and feminist critical theory.

Jon Rebouse

Jon is from a working-class background who works as a site supervisor in the construction industry. Whilst Jon has experienced prison life, he has also participated in Safe Ground’s Fathers Inside programme and is still heavily involved with the charity. He is a father and a beekeeper.

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