Staff

Director:  Selina  (5 days per week) is responsible for implementing the strategic aims of the charity, reporting to the trustees.   She is a Yoga Alliance registered in both yoga and mindfulness teaching, with a trauma informed approach suited to prison work.  Selina has supported people living behind bars since 2013.  Prior to the PPT she worked in senior management. A Zen practitioner, Selina leads the PPT British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Teaching Yoga in Prison teacher training module.

Deputy Director:  Padmakumara (3 days per week) is responsible for financial administration, reporting and office systems.  He manages the PPT’s IT consultancy Computer Assistance.  Padmakumara is a practicing Buddhist and professional gardener.

Yoga Lead:  Victoria  (3 days per week) facilitates prison yoga across North-West England, the Midlands, Wales and Ireland; teaching workshops, enabling classes and devising in-cell practices and resources.  She brings her experience of teaching yoga in prison since 2011 to co-teaching the PPT BWY Teaching Yoga in Prison module. 

Development Lead:  Chris (4 days per week) facilitates prison yoga in London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Scotland; teaching workshops, enabling regular classes and devising in-cell practices and resources.  Chris leads on the charity’s public communications and digital development and liaises with grant-giving trusts.  She has taught in prison since 2015 and brings this, including her specialist experience of women prisoners to her role in co-teaching the PPT BWY Teaching Yoga in Prison module.   

Yoga Co-ordinator: Lou (4 days per week) facilitates prison yoga in South-West, East and North-East England and the Thames Valley, enabling regular classes and devising in-cell practices and resources. She also co-ordinates the charity’s letter-writing mentors, supporting and training volunteers and ensuring people who reach out for help from prison receive support and resources.    

Publishing & Events Coordinator: Sebastian (4 days per week) is responsible for publishing the quarterly prisoner and yoga teacher’s newsletters and creating printed resources.  He supports the smooth running of the office, including the administration of correspondence with prisoners and organising events.