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Mary Riddell announced as new Chair of Action for Prisoners Families

Action for Prisoners’ Families, the national membership organisation for work with prisoners’ and offenders’ children and families, has announced that its new Chair will be journalist Mary Riddell. Currently Assistant Editor of the Daily Telegraph Riddell writes columns and article on social policy, criminal justice, and other issues for the paper as well as carrying out regular political interviews. She was formerly a columnist for the Observer and has over the course of her career worked for amongst other newspapers the Guardian, Times, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.

Outside of journalism Riddell sits on a range of advisory boards, including the Demos/NatCen poverty study and Out of Trouble, set up by the Prison Reform Trust to look at better treatment for children and young people in the criminal justice system.

Riddell takes over from Nick Sanderson who has retired after five years as a trustee, the last three as Chair.

Mary Riddell commented “I am delighted to join Action for Prisoners’ Families as its chair. I’ve long admired the organisation’s excellent record in working with prisoners’ families and in highlighting the obstacles they face. That task is of benefit to all society and to all generations, and I shall be honoured to be involved in the work of Deborah Cowley and the charity’s staff and trustees.”

Action for Prisoners’ Families Director Deborah Cowley added “We are delighted to welcome Mary as our new Chair. Her range of knowledge, interest in our work and passion for the subject area will allow us to develop our important work.” She went on “I would like to thank Nick for chairing the organisation over the past three years in which he has guided us through a period of considerable change.”

This article was taken from www.prisonersfamilies.orghttp://www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk/News/NewsPage.aspx?id=1780