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 (4 days per week) facilitates prison yoga across Central and East England, Wales and Ireland; teaching workshops, enabling classes and devising in-cell practices and resources. Teaching in prison since 2011, Victoria currently teaches adult males at HMP Grendon. With 12 years experience teaching yoga offenders at HMP Aylesbury, she brings this to her role in co-teaching the PPT BWY Teaching Yoga in Prison module.
Yoga Coordinator: Chris (4 days per week) facilitates prison yoga in the South of England, the North-East and Scotland; teaching workshops, enabling regular classes and devising in-cell practices and resources. Chris is editor of the yoga teachers newsletter and coordinates the charity’s 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.
Letter Writing Lead: Mike (3 days per week) coordinates prisoner correspondence, supporting a team of volunteer letter writers giving guidance and running workshops based on shared practice. Mike is the charity’s Safeguarding officer.
Office and Publishing Administrator: Hannah (4 days per week) is responsible for publishing the quarterly prisoner and yoga teacher’s newsletters and creating printed resources. She supports the smooth running of the office, including the administration of correspondence with prisoners and organising events.