Fran Beckett appointed Chair of Trustees, Prison Fellowship England and Wales

Prison Fellowship England and Wales (PF) is delighted to announce the appointment of Fran Beckett as Chair of Trustees with effect from 27 April 2017.

Fran is an experienced board member and chair of various voluntary, housing and public sector Boards – including London Development Agency, Evangelical Alliance Council and Orbit Housing Group. She is also an accomplished voluntary sector CEO. Over recent years, Fran has served as chief executive of Shaftesbury Society (now Livability), before moving to a similar role in Church Urban Fund. She has also held a number of advisory group roles within government.

More recently, Fran has provided consultancy services on leadership, governance, change management, and strategic planning and mentoring services to CEOs and Chairs of Boards.

Fran’s appointment comes as part of a planned succession from her predecessor Howard Dodd, who has been Chair of Trustees since 2009. Tony Watson, trustee, who led the recruitment process said, “The board is very much looking forward to working with Fran. She brings a depth and breadth of experience from her work with Christian organisations, and has a genuine passion for helping disadvantaged people. We are extremely grateful for Howard’s leadership over the last eight years, and we are confident with Peter Holloway as CEO and Fran as Chair that PF will continue to build on the growth it has already achieved.”

Fran said, “I am delighted to be joining such a vibrant organisation known for its outstanding volunteers supporting prisoners across England and Wales.”

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