Leadership Board

Women in Prison's Leadership Board is made up of experts, advisors, and changemakers who are committed to driving change for women affected by the criminal justice system.

The group, formed as we commemorate 40 years of Women in Prison in 2024, aims to raise awareness and up to £5 million in funding between 2024 and 2027. This funding would support thousands of women in the community, preventing them from being drawn into the criminal justice system and ending the harm of prison on their lives, families and communities.

Read on to learn more about the members of Women in Prison's Leadership Board.

Vicky Pryce

Chair of the Leadership Board and Trustee for Women in Prison

Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and a Visiting Professor at BCU and King’s College, London. She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner and Chief Economist at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the energy sector.

She is a Fellow and Council member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists, a Companion of the British Academy of Management and on the Advisory Group of the Better Statistics CIC. She is co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibly, a patron of the charities Pro Bono Economics and Working Chance, a Trustee of Women in Prison, a member of the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF and Chair of the Economic Advisory Council of the British Chambers of Commerce. She is also Chair of the Fellows for the Radix/Big Tent think tank and on the advisory board of better Statistics CIC.

I joined Women in Prison as Trustee in 2020 and am delighted to be chairing our Leadership Board in 2024. 2024 marks our 40th anniversary and it is a critical time to celebrate and focus on what we do best –to challenge the system and amplify the voices of women who experience it. Women are being harmed twice, first by society through abuse, poverty, addiction and then by the criminal justice system which leads to further suffering for them and their children. By reaching out to women before they are criminalised to tackle the root causes of offending, we will not only support the most vulnerable women in our society – but also their children, communities, and the wider society and economy.

— Vicky Pryce

Ngunan Adamu

Producer, presenter, international multimedia trainer, iWoman CIC

Ngunan Adamu is a producer, presenter, international multimedia trainer, and award-winning and award-nominated entrepreneur for her social enterprise iWoman Academy CIC. Ngunan is well known for travelling across Africa and Asia, training BBC World Service staff and new recruits as part of the W2020 editorial training team.

Ngunan has enjoyed a successful career of over 15 years with the BBC, progressing from a runner to attaining senior editorial positions across the organisation. She has provided guidance and assistance to local councils, international charities, and foreign governments on global communication and marketing strategies. Additionally, she currently serves on several local, national, and international boards, including Blackburne House, Sandford St Martins Trust, and The Imperative Fund.

She is a fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs and a recipient of a Wellcome Trust grant. Ngunan is a member of The International Association of Women in Radio and Television and Women In News Gathering. She holds a BA Honours in Journalism and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Ngunan’s aspiration is to elevate her social enterprise, iWoman Academy CIC, to become a leading and highly recommended international women-only media academy.

I am thrilled to be part of the Women in Prison Leadership board, as it aligns perfectly with my passion for advocating for women's rights and social justice. By serving on this board, I am eager to contribute to meaningful change and empowerment for women in prison and life after, ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are addressed.

— Ngunan Adamu

Cherie Blair CBE, KC

Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Co-Founder and Chair, Omnia Strategy LLP

Cherie Blair CBE, KC is a leading King’s Counsel with over 35 years’ experience. She studied law at the London School of Economics (LSE) and is the Founder and Chair of the pioneering law firm Omnia Strategy where she focuses on cross-border dispute resolution, commercial arbitration, mediation and human rights.

Cherie is a strong advocate for women’s rights and in 2008 she founded the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. The Foundation promotes the financial independence of women in low and middle income countries so that they can be financially independent; have a stronger voice in their societies; and, contribute to their communities. Since then, the Foundation has had a significant and measurable impact on the lives of more than 230,000 women entrepreneurs in 105 countries especially in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Cherie is actively involved in the Foundation, travelling internationally to visit projects and donors and to advocate for women entrepreneurs globally.

Cherie was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List for services to women’s issues and to charities in both the UK and overseas. She is the wife of former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

I firmly believe if we properly support vulnerable women and girls, before they are criminalised, we will prevent them being further harmed by prison and give them the chance to look after their children and contribute to society. Women’s charities are often overlooked and underfunded in the UK, I do hope you will feel compelled to join me in supporting this important work.

— Cherie Blair CBE, KC

Dan Corry

Chief Executive of NPC and Chair of Carers Trust,

Dan is the Chief Executive of NPC a charity that works as a think tank and consultancy to improve the social impact of organisations, mostly in the non-profit sector. This followed a variety of posts in public policy and economics. He was Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on the Economy from 2007 to 2010.

Dan has been Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Treasury and has worked as a special adviser to the Secretary of State in the Education Department as well as at DTI and DCLG. He was a Director in the Economics segment of FTI Consulting. He ran the New Local Government Network (now New Local) think tank between 2002 and 2005, which was voted Think Tank of the Year in 2004, and was Senior Economist at the IPPR in the 1990s.

Dan is Chair of Carers Trust and a trustee of homelessness charity St Mungo’s. He is a former member of the Research Committee of the ESRC and of the Greater Manchester Economic Advisory Panel. He is currently a member of the Policy Advisory Group of the Future Governance Forum.

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Anne Minto, OBE

Anne is a lawyer by profession and a graduate of the University of Aberdeen. She has worked in senior executive global roles with Shell and Smiths Group and latterly served on the Centrica Executive Committee as the Group Human Resources Director. She has served on the boards of Shire plc ,Tate and Lyle plc and EXL Services Holdings Inc as a non-executive director and chair of the remuneration/compensation committees on each of these boards. She is a former chair of both the Institute of Employment Studies and the Engineering Development Trust and served for over ten years on the National Employers Committee for the Reserve Forces . She is a member of the International Women’s UK Forum and mentors a number of senior women in preparation for board roles. She is a founder donor of IWF Elly’s Ladder providing leadership training for women executives.

Anne is an independent governor on the Court of University of Aberdeen and chairs the University’s Finance and Resources Committee. She also served as Chair of the University Development Trust until September 2021. She sponsors annually four scholarships for law graduates at the University.

She is also a sponsor of the OM Foundation School in Nodia, India. She was awarded an OBE in 2000 for services to the engineering industry.

Women need our support to ensure they can successfully integrate back into their communities where they can be supported to facilitate an early reunion with their children and families. It is a sad fact that even on a short sentence, which encompasses the majority of women in prison, that they lose their homes, their jobs and most importantly their children – an injustice that rarely affects male prisoners. Raising funds is an urgent necessity to support Women in Prison's vital work carried out in their women’s centres helping women who have not been able to be supported in their local communities, often because of lack of funding and access to support like specialist mental health treatment.

— Anne Minto OBE

Bishop of Gloucester, The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek

Anglican Bishop for HM Prisons in England and Wales

Bishop Rachel was consecrated as the 41st Bishop of Gloucester in 2015 and made history by becoming the first female diocesan bishop and the first female bishop in the House of Lords.

During her time as the Bishop of Gloucester, she has launched two nationally and internationally recognised campaigns #Liedentity and Fighting for Women’s Justice. With a keen interest in gender justice and a particular passion for vulnerable girls and women she launched the campaign Fighting for Women’s Justice in 2017. The campaign aims to change the women’s justice system and raise awareness of the incredible work that takes place through Women’s Centres across the country, supporting the most vulnerable women in our communities.

Her role in the House of Lords includes being the Anglican Bishop for HM Prisons in England and Wales and she is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System. In addition she holds a number of positions across a wide range of voluntary and statutory organisations, which include being President of the Nelson Trust, a Patron of both the Prison Fellowship and The Welcome Directory and an Ambassador for the Christian charity Restored.

I’ve been an admirer of Women in Prison's work since 2017 when I first became aware of their essential role in reforming our criminal justice system and have joined their efforts in calling for sustainable funding for Women’s Centres which do an extraordinary job in preventing cycles of harm. I long for a criminal justice system which is responsible, relational and restorative which focuses not on punishment but on rebuilding fractured communities. Hearing the voices of women and supporting them to rebuild their lives is the foundation of Women in Prison and I hope many will support this fundraising campaign to continue and increase their good work

— Bishop of Gloucester, The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek