Timeline:

1st April 2019
' Nominations Open '
3rd May 2019
' Nominations Close '
31st July 2019
' Shortlist Announced '
4th October 2019
' Awards Ceremony '

Alice Pennicott

Alice Pennicott

Alice has been the leading champion for the Pride in Prison and Probation (PiPP) across the South East & Eastern (SEE) Division since April 2017 her substantive role is as a Diary Manager for Victoria Jeffries, Public Protection Team Head at the SEE Division. 
The acting national PiPP lead, Nichola Turner was putting together the PiPP trans toolkit, to help prison staff understand the operational instruction and how to work in accordance with it for the benefit of transgender prisoners. Alice volunteered to help Nichola create a probation version of the toolkit identifying key roles which needed to be covered, as well as what information was relevant resulting in a toolkit for frontline probation staff which was launched nationally to all NPS staff in November 2017. 
Bill Rossi, SEE Equalities Manager with support from Alice developed the transgender awareness workshop in 2018 to provide training sessions for the Care & Management of Transgender offenders. These sessions use a presentation which was created in collaboration with a psychologist and has a focus on interactive participation, using the Genderbread person activity to encourage discussion. So far Alice has presented seven of these sessions to probation teams.
Adam Colby, Senior Probation Officer at HMP Chelmsford provided feedback following the transgender workshop last year. Due to cultural differences the joint transgender workshop between the Prison officers and Probation staff was in his experience a difficult one to present. Alice was confident in her knowledge of transgender issues to challenge any misconceptions in a very eloquent and non-threatening embarrassing way. This changed the dynamic and helped to engage the group putting them at ease when dealing with terminology and explaining issues resulting in a successful and thoughtful session and a greater understanding of LBGT+I people and how to provide them with support