Trustees, Patrons and Consultants


The Trust is managed by a board of Trustees, appointed in accordance with its constitution. The Trustees meet four times a year in addition to an away day with staff.

Giles Charrington, Chair of the Trustees, is a management consultant, a coach for prison governors, and a zen meditator.

Penny Boreham is a radio producer and craniosacral therapist.

Jo Child is a yoga teacher and runs a series of high-quality yoga workshops with guest teachers in Oxford. She is a former staff member of the PPT.

Nicholas Colloff OBE was Oxfam’s Director of Strategy and Innovation and is now Executive Director of the Ardigius Foundation. He is a PPT co-founder.

Suzy Dymond-White is Governing Governor at HMP Eastwood Park.

Stephen Eeley, is a magistrate, former senior administrator at Oxford University and a Zen meditator.

Rev’d Doug Heming is an Anglican priest and restorative justice facilitator. He has served as a prison chaplain in a number of adult and young offender facilities across the UK.

James Mallett is an advocate of meditation, yoga and their benefits for people in prison and out.

Peter Stevenson, Treasurer, is a Chartered Accountant and offers his time for a number of charitable organisations.


We are deeply grateful to our Patrons who support and publicise our work and offer us encouragement:

Dr Kiran Bedi, former Inspector General of Prisons, Tihar Jail, and former Deputy Chief of Police in India

Shirley du Boulay, author and biographer of world-renowned spiritual leaders, including Father Bede Griffiths and St Theresa of Avila

Dr Sheila Cassidy, doctor and former nun, who drew attention to human rights abuses in Chile by publishing her own history as a torture survivor

Sandy Chubb is Zen Teacher at the Oxford Zendo and former Director of the PPT. She has been involved with the PPT since its inception and taught yoga and meditation in prisons for over 20 years.

Father Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation

Jeremy Irons, Golden Globe, Tony and Academy Award-winning film and stage actor

Erwin James, Guardian journalist, Editor in Chief of Inside Time and former prisoner

Sister Elaine MacInnes OC OLM, former PPT Director, zen teacher and co-author of two of the Trust’s books

Sir Mark Tully, acclaimed broadcaster and journalist and former Bureau Chief of BBC, Delhi

Dr Benjamin Zephaniah, best-selling poet, broadcaster and human rights activist


We are indebted to these consultants for their help and advice:

Imam Monawar Hussain DL, MBE, founder of The Oxford Foundation and member of Oxford University Hospitals chaplaincy team

Prof. Alison Liebling, Director, Cambridge Institute of Criminology Prisons Research Centre

Rev’d George Coppen, Anglican priest and former prison psychotherapist at HMP Grendon

Dr Jamie Bennett is a former prison governor, now a Deputy Director leading operational security for HMPPS

Martin O’Neill, Governor of Mountjoy Campus, Dublin.